CENTRAL WHIDBEY ISLAND FIRE AND RESCUE
1164 RACE ROAD
WHIDBEY ISLAND, WASHINGTON 98239
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Updated: February 10, 2021
Job Classification: Full-Time Career Firefighter/EMT-B
Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue is currently recruiting for both full-time and part-time positions. Candidates may apply to one or both positions. If applying for both positions, simply mark both positions when selecting departments. Candidates applying for both positions will be placed on both eligibility rosters. If only one position is selected, candidate results will only show up on that roster. The department requires the candidate PHQ. You can access the questionnaire through your candidate account. The PHQ must be completed by the closing date or you may not be considered further in the process. To be included for this round of hiring, testing must be completed by February 9th, 2021.
Job Description: Full-Time Career Firefighters work 50.77 hours per week on a 24/48 schedule with 12 Kelly Days. Career Firefighters provide firefighting, rescue, and emergency medical services including, but not limited to: Fire prevention inspections, public education, fire control, and extinguishment, driving and operating firefighting apparatus and emergency vehicles, rescue, medical treatment, training, station, and equipment maintenance duties. In addition, firefighters perform staff work such as project or program management related to their primary responsibilities. Salary Information: Part-Time - $15.26/hr (Step 1) $17.61/hr (Step 3)Full-Time - $56,648 annually (step 1)Benefit Information: LEOFF Retirement, Deferred Compensation, Medical and Dental Insurance, & Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan. Department Overview: CWIFR’s values are: Professionalism, Integrity, Compassion, and Excellence. These stated values along with a strong organizational commitment to the personal and professional development of our members make CWIFR a tremendous place to work. While we are a small fire district serving a predominantly rural, island community, our diverse emergency response, and pre-incident risk reduction services provide an excellent opportunity to develop Firefighter/EMT’s knowledge and skill. Area Information: Whidbey Island, one of several islands in Island County, is located 25 miles northwest of Seattle and can be accessed via Highway 20 from the north over the Deception Pass bridge or by Ferry from Mukilteo or Port Townsend. This rural, island community provides a family-friendly environment with a wide range of outdoor activates. Population: 10,000
US Citizen: Lawfully work in the U.S.
High School Grad/GED: Yes
Valid WASHINGTON State Driver's License: Yes
Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes
Vision: Must meet the vision requirements specified in NFPA 1582 Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments Section 6.4 Eyes and Vision.
Academy Certification: Required by Date of Hire:
Prior Experience: Desirable Experience Includes:
Schooling Prior and Post Hiring: Required Prior to Hire:
Felony, Criminal Activity Disqualifiers: The following criminal history elements are automatic disqualifiers, candidates should not apply for a position with CWIFR if they have:
Driving Disqualifiers: The following driving history elements are automatic disqualifiers, candidates should not apply for a position with CWIFR if they have:
Drug Use Disqualifiers: Candidates will be required to complete a five panel urinalysis that screens for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamine/methamphetamine, PCP, and opiates. A positive test will disqualify potential candidates.
Employment Disqualifiers: A comprehensive background investigation is conducted on applicants to establish evidence of good moral character, a well-adjusted personality, community commitment, fire service adaptability, and a pattern of conduct acceptable to CWIFR. Background investigation and reference checks will include the candidate’s completion of a statement of personal history and work experience. Determination that the candidate does not have the requisite behavioral characteristics will disqualify potential candidates.
Additional Disqualifiers: Successful candidates may be offered a position contingent upon successful completion of a medical physical and psychological examination.
Candidates must be capable of meeting the requirements for medical evaluation of firefighter candidates specified in NFPA 1582 Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments. Failure to meet these requirements will disqualify candidates from employment with CWIFR.
The psychological assessment consists of a written test and an evaluation with a psychologist. This component of the assessment process examines individual characteristics that may have an impact on the candidate’s likelihood of acceptable performance as a Firefighter. A negative assessment may disqualify candidates from employment with CWIFR.
Candidate’s application materials will be evaluated on the basis of experience, certification, and education. Scoring of the application will be worth 10% of the applicant’s final score.
A panel interview will be conducted by CWIFR to determine the extent to which the applicant is a good fit with the organization. The panel will be comprised of three members representing the diversity of CWIFR’s members, one Full-Time Career Firefighter or Officer; one Part-Time Firefighter; and one Volunteer Firefighter or Officer. The oral board shall be weighted as 30% of the candidate's score.
Applicants with a combined score of 70% on the Weighted Application, Written Examination, and Oral Board and who have current NTN CPAT Certification will be selected for the pool of qualified applicants. The pool will be stratified into four groups (quartiles) based on their scores in the initial elements of the selection process. The number of individuals selected to continue in the process from the pool of qualified applicants at any given time will be based on the District’s staffing requirements. The District may select any individual from the qualified pool to continue in the assessment process.
Candidates in the qualified pool who are selected to advance in the hiring process will be invited to participate in a skills assessment. This element of the assessment process evaluates proficiency in a range of firefighting and emergency medical skills: