Entry-Level Firefighter/EMT

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900 S.W. 146TH STREET

Updated: June 13, 2024

Job Classification: Entry-Level Firefighter/EMT

King County Fire District #2 (KCFD2) is currently establishing an Entry-Level Firefighter/EMT hiring list. To be considered, all candidates must take the FireTEAM exam through the National Testing Network (NTN) before August 22, 2024.

The department requires the candidate to complete the Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) and Public Safety Self-Assessment (PSSA).  You can access both questionnaires through your candidate account on the NTN website.  NTN suggests completing the PHQ and PSSA as soon as possible so there is no delay in processing your application.

The candidate must hold a valid CPAT obtained between August 23, 2023, and August 22, 2024 (i.e., obtained within the 12-month period prior to the position close date).

If you are a returning candidate and have previously applied with KCFD#2, you will need to contact NTN to have your scores included on the current list. Please reach out to Candidate Support at [email protected] or by phone at (206) 428-3265.

Base Salary Information (based on 2024 base monthly wage rates):

·         Probationary Firefighter – $6,757.09

·         Third Class Firefighter – $8,205.03

·         Second Class Firefighter – $8,687.68

·         First Class Firefighter – $9,652.98

Benefits Information:  LEOFF-II Retirement System, Medical/Dental, MERP, VEBA, Deferred Compensation Plan

Candidate Contact: Christina Parker

Office Phone  206 209-4128

Cell Phone  206 437-0247

Email    [email protected]

Department Overview:  King County Fire District #2 encompasses 16.04 square miles of developed land and 8.45 miles of majestic coastline.  KCFD2 is bordered by Seattle to the North, Tukwila to the East, Sea-Tac to the Southeast, Des Moines to the South, and Puget Sound to the West.

KCFD2 operates four fire stations and provides fire protection and emergency services to the cities of Burien and Normandy Park.  KCFD2 also serves the North Highline community located in unincorporated King County.  The City of Burien and its surrounding community is a vibrant and creative place where residents value diversity, celebrate the arts and culture, promote vitality, and treasure environmental sustainability.  Since the city’s incorporation in 1993, Burien has continuously sought out opportunities for growth and developed itself into a passionate King County city.  Residents see Burien, a 100-year-old community with a rich heritage, as a friendly community with well-established neighborhoods and a small-town atmosphere.  Our joint suburban communities are economically and culturally diverse, with approximately 25% of our population having been born outside the United States and 20% speaking Spanish as their primary language.

KCFD2 serves as a regional resource for South King County and frequently partners with surrounding fire departments.  In the interest of enhanced public service and sustainable economic practices, KCFD2 has entered into an InterLocal Agreement with North Highline Fire District #11 (NHFD) to provide fire and emergency medical services in the area previously covered by NHFD.  The InterLocal Service Agreement with NHFD consolidated the fire and emergency medical services of KCFD2 and NHFD.  This arrangement achieves better call response times and allows both Districts to operate more efficiently, eliminating costly duplication of efforts.

KCFD2 headquarters station is staffed with a three-person engine, a two-person aid car, and a Battalion Chief.  The remaining three stations are each staffed with a three-person engine.  In addition to the career staff that work 24-hour shifts, volunteer staff also spend duty nights on shift.  In 2023, KCFD2 responded to 12,549 service calls.

Area Information:  King County

Population Served:  Approximately 79,000

Job Requirements

Age:                             20 years of age at the time of application

US Citizen:                    United States Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident

Education:                   High School Diploma or GED required. College preferred but not required

Certification:                Academy certification is not required prior to a conditional offer

Driver’s License:           A valid Washington State driver’s license is required prior to the date of appointment.

Language Fluency:      Must be able to read, speak, and write English

Vision:                          Correctable to 20/20


KCFD2 Volunteers:  KCFD2 Volunteers will receive an additional 5% toward their overall NTN Score.  Upon completion of testing, KCFD2 volunteers should email Christina Parker with your KCFD2 volunteer status ([email protected]).

Veterans:  In accordance with RCW 41.04.010, veterans with an honorable record will receive the following additional points:

·         10% to a veteran who served during a period of war or in an armed conflict.

·         5% to a veteran who did not serve during a period of war or in an armed conflict.

·         To receive these points, veterans must upload their United States Department of Defense discharge document DD214, NGB Form 22, or their equivalent or successor discharge paperwork, which characterized their service as honorable to their individual account on NTN before August 22, 2024.

Hiring Process & Timeline

Up to 40 candidates will move on to the oral board interview.

KCFD2 Hiring Timeline:

·         NTN Open Window for Testing ……………….   June 10, 2024 – August 22, 2024

·         Passing Applicants Notified ……………………  August 28, 2024

·         Oral Board Interview ……………………………   September 10 – 13, 2024

·         Chief Interview/Chief Rule of 3 Selections …  September 23 – 26, 2024

·         Conditional Job Offer ………………………….   October 2, 2024

·         Physical and Psychological Evaluations ……  October – November, 2024

·         First Day of Work………………………………….   January 20, 2025

·         Fire Academy Begins ………………….……….   February 3, 2025

·         Fire Academy Graduation…………………….   July 1, 2025

Additional Information

Within one year of employment, the employee must complete the fire academy and maintain the following certifications:

·         EMT

·         Firefighter 1

·         Firefighter 2

·         HAZMAT Awareness

·         HAZMAT Operations

Placement on the hiring list is determined by weighted examination scores as follows:

·         Written Test – 40%

Components of the Written Test include

–      Work Attitude Questionnaire

–      Human Relations

–      Mechanical

–      Math

–      Reading

·         Oral Board – 30%

·         Chief Interview – 30%

Conditional offers of employment are subject to the successful completion of:

1.     Background investigation to include criminal history and driving record

2.     Medical examination and drug screening

3.     Psychological assessment

KCFD2 is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, pregnancy, age, marital status, family status, military or veteran status, national origin, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation (including gender identity and gender expression), genetic information, or any other category protected by law.  All qualified applicants receive an equal opportunity, and selection decisions are based only on lawful job-related factors.

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