Firefighter Position

Vancouver Fire Department - Firefighter Paramedic



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Vancouver Fire Department - Firefighter Paramedic

Last updated on June 05, 2024
PST Partner Agency since February 18, 2015

Vacancies: 16

Testing Deadline: June 30, 2024.

Important Information

Vancouver Fire Department will be opening applications for Entry Level Firefighter/Paramedics from June 1-30, 2024. A passing score on your PST test, an accredited CPAT in the last six months, and a completed City of Vancouver application are required. You must be a certified paramedic by date of application. Go to our VFD Recruiting Info link for more information.

Community Information

The City of Vancouver, Washington is located in the southwestern part of the state, on the north bank of the Columbia River directly across from Portland, Oregon. The city itself has a population of over 180,000 residents and encompasses just over 51 square miles. Vancouver, the fourth largest city in Washington, combines the excitement of a major metropolitan area with the appeal of a mid-sized community and abundant recreational opportunities. Downtown Portland, Oregon is a 15 minute drive. The Pacific Coast is less than 90 miles to the west; the Columbia River Gorge scenic area as well as the Cascade Mountain Range are just to the east; Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument and Mount Hood are both less than two hours away.

Department Information

The Vancouver Fire Department serves a growing population of over 293,000 residents from 11 fire stations. These 11 fire stations serve a total of 89 square miles which encompasses both city limits and the surrounding areas, with a total of 15 frontline crews running over 38,000 calls per year. The Vancouver Fire Department does more than fight fires: our state-of-the-art Emergency Medical Service (EMS) program also provides paramedic first response to citizens in the service area and VFD has specialty teams for technical rescue, hazmat, fire boat response, and shipboard firefighting.

Area Information

County: Clark County
# of Staff: 277.5

Hiring Status

Vancouver Fire Department - Firefighter Paramedic has 16 vacancies.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is June 30, 2024.

Vancouver Fire Department will be hiring Entry Level Firefighter/Paramedics for our next Recruit Academy starting in February 2025.

Salary Information

Firefighter/Paramedic Starting Salary (as of 1/1/24): $108,768

Benefit Information

Vancouver Fire Department - Firefighter Paramedic Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required

A minimum passing score of 70% is required and the highest score reported will be considered.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Yes, required as described below

PST or any verifiable CPAT completed at a licensed testing facility. CPAT must be completed within 6 months prior to date of application closure. CPAT certificate of completion must be emailed to Megan Mairs ( prior to the application closing date.

Minimum Age 21
Citizenship US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
High School Grad/ GED High School Diploma or the equivalent.
Driver's License Required

Valid Driver's License from any state.

Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No adult felony convictions at any time.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile

Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis. Some juvenile convictions may be considered a disqualifier.

Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Firefighter 1 Certification Not Required
Paramedic Certification Certification as a Paramedic (Washington State or eligible for reciprocity in WA). Applicants who graduated from paramedic training after June 30, 1996 are required to have graduated from a paramedic training program that is accredited by the committee on accreditation of educational programs for the emergency medical services professions (CoAEMSP).
Prior FF Experience Required Not Required.
Current Hiring Status

The City of Vancouver is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals. Therefore, the City will not discriminate in any employment practice on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, political or religious affiliation or opinion, color, national origin, marital status, military status, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status under applicable law.


Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will have their scores forwarded to City of Vancouver for further consideration. The city reserves the right to limit the number invited to continue on in the process. 

Applicants who continue on in the process will participate in a panel interview and behavioral traits assessment.

Applicants will be referred to backgrounds based on the Civil Service rule of ten.

Applicants must be able to successfully complete a thorough background investigation; Chief's interview, psychological, and medical exam.

Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of 10" with the top ten scores being given to the appointing authority for further consideration and selection as a vacancy occurs. Vacancies may be filled from the Firefighter and Firefighter-Paramedic eligibility lists as determined by the City.

Multiple Scores from Same Applicant

A minimum passing score of 70% is required and the highest score reported will be considered.

Vancouver Fire Department - Firefighter Paramedic Disqualifiers

The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.

Category Disqualifier
Automatic 3 or more hazardous traffic infractions in last 5 years.
Automatic A misdemeanor driver's license suspension in the last 5 years.
Automatic An infraction driver's license suspension in the last 5 years.
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last 3 years.
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.

Contact Information

Vancouver Fire Department - Firefighter Paramedic

7110 NE 63rd Street
Vancouver, WA 98661 Clark County County


Contact a Recruiter
Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
CPAT: Yes, required as described below

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