HUTCHINSON FIRE DEPARTMENT
PO BOX 1567
HUTCHINSON, KANSAS 67504
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Updated: May 26, 2022
The Hutchinson Fire Department is currently building an eligibility list for future firefighters. Our next Recruit Academy is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 6, 2022.
Salary Information: $14.48 - $18.53 Hourly / $42,235 - $54,043 annually + opportunities for overtime compensation
Benefits Information: Health, Dental & Vision Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts for Medical & Dependent Care, Retirement: Kansas Police & Fire Retirement & 457 Retirement Savings Plan, Insured Disability, Life Insurance & Optional Voluntary Life Insurance, Vacation Leave, Sick Leave & Holiday Pay, Employee Assistance Program & Employee Wellness Program
Department Overview: HFD is an organization of continuous improvement that takes pride in improving its commitment to the community, and recently confirmed International Accreditation as well as a Class 1 rating with the Insurance Service Organization (ISO). HFD is 1 of 112 organizations in the world that holds Internationally Accredited status and an ISO Class 1 rating. Establishing this:
HFD protects 50,000 residents and covers 108 square miles encompassing the City of Hutchinson and suburban and rural Reno County Fire District #2. HFD responds to unique challenges within this area including having the number one wildland urban interface fire threat in the State of Kansas resulting from thousands of acres of sand hill covered grass and brush land, unique tourist attractions, a regional airport, three major rail lines, major highways, high pressure underground pipelines and large gas storage facilities, salt mining operations and sinkholes resulting from abandoned mine operations and natural hazard threats such as severe summer and winter storms, drought and high winds.
HFD has 89 uniformed members and 1 civilian employee. We operate 6 engine companies, 2 truck companies, and Crossman 10 brush trucks, 2 water tenders, 2 reserve engines, and a heavy rescue trailer from 6 strategically located fire stations. Fire Headquarters is located in our Command and Training Center with a 4-story training tower with 2 burn rooms and 2 large paved training pads located on 53 acres of land. The department provides fire suppression, basic life support EMS response (Tactical Emergency Medicine), hazardous material – technician level, technical heavy rescue (confined space, high and low angle, structural rescue, and water rescue) and wildland firefighting (with the possibility of federal deployment).
Citizenship Required: Yes
High School Grad/GED: Yes
Valid KANSAS Driver's License: Yes
College: Not required; however, an Associate's degree in Fire Science or other related coursework is preferred.
Physical Ability: Must meet the medical requirements set forth in NFPA 1001.
Schooling Prior and Post Hiring:
New firefighter recruits that join our department must complete an eight-week academy conducted by Hutchinson Fire Department Fire Training Division. The Recruit Academy consists of courses designed to review IFSAC and the NFPA Standard 1001, Firefighter I and II skills, Hazardous Materials Operations skills, Kansas Emergency Medical Technician skills, and Hutchinson Fire Department policies and procedures. Fire recruits are instructed by the Academy Cadre, which consists of current members in suppression who are assigned to the Academy for the 8 weeks to assist the Training Division. Recruits are tested and evaluated weekly throughout the process on both written and practical skills and are given both a final written exam and a practical skills test. Hutchinson Fire Department Recruits must pass all exams with a minimum score of at least 70%.
The department works a modified 56-hour work week. The 24-hour shift schedule is as follows: On-Off-On-Off-On-Off-Off-Off-Off – our firefighters work 10 days per month with four consecutive days off occurring 3-4 times per month. The schedule then repeats.
Felony, Criminal Activity Disqualifiers:
Felony or Serious Misdemeanor convictions will disqualify a candidate such as theft
No major violations within the previous 5 years, or multiple violations in previous 3 years. No suspended license within 2 years.
Drug Use Disqualifiers:
Must pass pre-employment, post offer drug screen.
All interested candidates must complete an online application. Applications can be completed by visiting: