KENNEWICK FIRE DEPARTMENT
PO BOX 6108
KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON 99336
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Updated: February 18, 2021
As of February 17, 2021, the Kennewick Fire Department will begin our next recruitment cycle on February 22, 2021. Our current Firefighter/EMT eligibility list and our current Firefighter/Paramedic list expires on March 17, 2021. We require a current CPAT through an IAFF accredited facility, which includes Public Safety Testing. For a CPAT to be considered current, passing results must be achieved between February 21, 2020 – February 22, 2021. The results must be fully processed and available to be pulled by 7:00am on February 22, 2021. Any results submitted or available after this time, will not be included in this recruitment cycle.
Once results are pulled, candidates who have successfully passed the NTN testing (including the WAQ) will be sent an email with instructions on how to submit their CPAT verification and set up an online profile in the City of Kennewick applicant management system. If you have completed a CPAT outside of NTN, do not send your CPAT results until requested. Make sure to check you SPAM folder on a regular basis, as we have found sometimes our emails go directly to SPAM.
For additional information and to view our current eligibility lists, you may visit our Civil Service Commission website at https://www.go2kennewick.com/585/Civil-Service-Commission
The recruitment process typically consists of several steps listed below:
Eligibility/placement on the Civil Service eligibility list will be based on the following:
When the National Testing Network test results are processed and successful candidates are added to our Firefighter/EMT and Firefighter/Paramedic eligibility lists. The eligibility lists are presented at the monthly Civil Service Commission meeting scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Once the Civil Service Commission has approved the eligibility list, we can begin processing applicants in the next step of the recruitment process. To view our most recently approved Civil Service lists, visit https://www.go2kennewick.com/585/Civil-Service-Commission
a. Pay scale effective 01/01/2020 = Step 1 $31.16, Step 2 $33.90, Step 3 $36.82, Step 4 $39.65
b. Pay scale effective 01/01/2021 = Step 1 $32.09, Step 2 $35.00, Step 3 $37.92, Step 4 $40.84
c. Pay scale effective 01/01/2022 = Step 1 $33.05, Step 2 $36.05, Step 3 $39.06, Step 4 $42.06
Department Information: The Kennewick Fire Department runs the highest volume of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) calls in our area! In 2015, KFD responded to over 9,300 calls - 77% of which were for trauma and medical emergencies. Of those calls, more than 5,000 resulted in patients being transported to the hospital. Kennewick Fire Department is staffed 24 hours a day, all year long. Our stations are staffed with the highest trained firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and paramedics in the area. Currently the Kennewick Fire Department employs over 30 firefighter/paramedics, and 45 firefighter/EMT's, enabling each of our 5 stations to always be staffed with the appropriate level of EMS personnel to care for the citizens of our community.
City/County/Area Information:Kennewick is a fast growing community of nearly 80,000 located along the Columbia River in sunny southeastern Washington. Kennewick is the largest of the Tri-Cities, which have combined population of 258,000, and is a regional shopping and entertainment hub and an outdoor recreational paradise. The confluence of the Snake, Yakima and Columbia Rivers has produced an aquatic playground second to none. The area's waterways beckon water lovers from all over the region to enjoy sailing, power and pleasure boating, water-skiing, swimming, fishing, windsurfing, and much more. Kennewick is home to the annual Columbia Cup Hydroplane races, one of only 16 unlimited hydroplane race sites in the nation.
We proudly host over 60,000 visitors who come to view the unlimited hydroplanes race for three days of food, fun, and sun! Situated in the "Heart of Washington's Wine Country" the Tri-City area boasts more than 200 wineries within a 50-mile radius, producing some of the finest wines in the country. The annual Benton-Franklin County Fair and Rodeo showcases National Champion cowboys and bull riders, and brings in country and pop music entertainment stars. Kennewick is also home to the Toyota Center and the Tri-City American WHL ice-hockey team. The Toyota Center offers great sporting and entertainment events throughout the year. Due in part to the area's exceptional climate, golf is one of the area's most popular sports. Beautiful courses challenge the most experienced golfer as well as the beginner. It is a very hard winter indeed when a round of golf cannot be played nearly every week of the year. Shopping abounds in Kennewick! The Columbia Center Mall is one of the largest covered malls in Eastern Washington, and Downtown Kennewick is undergoing a revitalization focusing on creating a great gathering place in a comfortable, hometown setting, where merchants and customers are friends and neighbors.
Columbia Basin College and Washington State University Tri-Cities branch campus are located in our neighboring cities of Pasco and Richland. CBC offers a full array of Associate degrees and vocational/technical career programs, while WSU provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Kennewick's three high schools, four middle schools, and fourteen elementary schools provide a strong academic foundation for our children and their future. The City of Kennewick is proud to be "Building a Better Community" for our citizens.
The City of Kennewick is an equal opportunity employer and has an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) plan. This is a comprehensive plan that analyzes relevant labor market data, as well as employment practices, to identify possible barriers to the participation of women and minorities in all levels of the workforce. Its purpose is to ensure the opportunity for full and equal participation of men and women in the workplace, regardless of race, color, or national origin. The current EEO Workforce Diversity Plan and EEOP form are available for review in the Human Resources Department section of our website following this link www.go2kennewick.com
US Citizen: US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
High School Grad/GED: Yes
Valid WASHINGTON State Driver's License: Valid WA State Driver's License upon hire
Vision: Vision must be correctable to 20/20 or 20/100 uncorrected and possess normal field, night, peripheral, and distance vision.
College: Not required
Academy Certification: Washington State Fire Academy preferred
Prior Experience: 2 years full-time paramedic experience preferred.
Additional Requirements: Certifications:
Must possess a Washington State or National Paramedic certification from an accredited paramedic program.
Within 2 months of hire, must successfully pass the Benton Franklin Counties Protocols test.
Must successfully complete a 16 week Washington State Fire Academy program within the first year of employment.
Schooling Prior and Post Hiring:
When hired, completion of a 3 year apprenticeship program, will be required.
Non-user of tobacco products.
Felony, Criminal Activity Disqualifiers:: Conviction of, or deferred judgment for, a crime which is a felony under state or federal law; or military conviction by a Court Martial that is comparable to a felony conviction.
Conviction of, or deferred judgment for two or more misdemeanor crimes or petty offenses, other than traffic offenses, under Federal or State law, or violations of municipal or county ordinance within the last five years.
Driving Disqualifiers:: Conviction of, or deferred judgment for three or more driving violations in the last year; four or more driving violations in the last three years; or seven or more driving violations in the last seven years.
Conviction of, or deferred judgment for any reckless driving violation within the last three years or two or more violations within the last seven years.
Conviction of, or deferred judgment for any DUI ( Driving Under the Influence), DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) or DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) in the last three years, or two or more convictions of DUI, DWI or DWAI in the last seven years.
Suspension or revocation of driver's license in the last two years; or two or more suspensions or revocations in the last five years.
Drug Use Disqualifiers:: Illegal use or possession of marijuana within the last three years from date of application.
Illegal use or possession of any controlled substance, other than marijuana, within the last five years (includes narcotics, steroids, ecstasy, or other controlled drugs).
Illegal sale or distribution of any controlled substances or drugs, including steroids, in the last ten years from date of application.
Violation of medical protocols or standards by certified health care providers that result in disciplinary actions, license suspension, or revocation. Falsification, omissions or discrepancies of information required on the applications and/or on other forms or documents in any portion of the examination process. Unable to qualify for Washington State Paramedic certification Failure to pass any portion of the Commission's required exams. Overall conduct and character of the applicant that demonstrates an undesirable behavior pattern including, but not limited to, interpersonal skills, dishonesty and/or integrity issues, repeated motor vehicle violations, employment terminations, thefts and/or illegal activities or a combination of such conduct and/or activities.