WINTER HAVEN FIRE DEPARTMENT
P.O. BOX 2277
WINTER HAVEN, FLORIDA 33883
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Updated: May 18, 2022
Job Classification: Firefighter I
The Winter Haven Fire Department is currently seeking to establish an eligibility list for the position of Firefighter/EMT and Firefighter/Paramedics. All candidates must complete FireTEAM and CPAT Testing through National Testing Network to be considered further in the hiring process.
The department requires candidates complete the Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) and the Public Safety Self Assessment (PSSA) located in your candidate account. NTN suggests completing the PHQ and the PSSA as soon as possible so there is no delay in your process.
Qualified Firefighter/Paramedics will be eligible for a $9,000.00 incentive following the Polk County Medical Director credentialing process.
The application can be found here, https://www.mywinterhaven.com/current-job-postings/.
Salary Information: $14.42 per hour minimum
*50hr work week*13 Kelly Days per year*Paramedic Incentive - $9,000.00 per year paid bi-weekly*TRT Incentive – Up to $2,000.00 per year paid bi-weekly*Defined Benefit Pension Plan*Deferred Compensation Plan (available)*Medical Insurance (Tier Options)*Dental Insurance*Life Insurance*Higher Education Incentive Pay*Educational Foundation Tuition Plan*City Education Reimbursement Plan*Education – Certification Related Incentive Pay Increases*Bereavement Leave*Military Leave*Employee Assistance and Wellness Programs*11 Paid Holidays Annually*Vacation –10 hours per month*Sick Days – 12 hours per month*Sick Leave Buy-Back Option*Personal Days – 3 per year from Sick Leave*Annual Voluntary Physical Readiness Incentive Program*12 Month Probationary Period
The Winter Haven Fire Department responds to all fire emergencies within the city as well as provides automatic aid and mutual aid when needed. This can be due to large or multiple emergencies that can exceed a neighboring department’s capacity and can receive those services in return when applicable. The Department has 60 uniformed personnel assigned to fire suppression operations. All fire engines are staffed with 4 personnel with a minimum of 3 at all times. All shift personnel work a 24-hour shift and have 48 hours off. All fire stations in the city have Advanced Life Support (ALS) fire engines that are staffed with two paramedics, one minimum at all times. All uniformed personnel are medically trained as EMTs or Paramedics.
Located in beautiful central Florida, the City of Winter Haven is the second largest municipality in Polk County. With an affordable lakeside lifestyle, vibrant downtown, and unique natural environment, Winter Haven is the destination to live, work, and play. Historically, Winter Haven was just what the name implies – a haven for those seeking an alternative to the harsh winters of the north. Winter Haven has 50 lakes within its borders, including the 24-canal connected Chain of Lakes. The Winter Haven lakes are a world-renowned spot for bass fishing and played a major role in the development and growth of water skiing as a sport. Water skiing was a way to promote Cypress Gardens, a botanical garden and theme park which opened in the 1930s, and in 2011 became the selected location for the Legoland Florida theme park. Legoland Florida has successfully retained some of the tradition and history of Cypress Gardens, by preserving the botanical garden and a water ski show. Additional family-friendly theme parks located within an hour of Winter Haven are Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, and Busch Gardens Tampa.
Age: At least 18 years of age
Citizenship Required: Must be a US citizen
High School Grad/GED: High school graduate or GED equivalency
Valid FLORIDA Driver's License: Yes
Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes
Academy Certification: State of Florida Firefighter I and II certification in accordance with National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 1001, and Florida Statutes 633.34.
Necessary Certifications: *Emergency Medical Technician in accordance with Florida Administrative Code Chapter, 64J-1008.
(Paramedic certification in accordance with Florida Administrative Code Chapter, 64J-1.008 and possession of ACLS is preferred.)
Mission, Vision, Values: Mission: ENRICHING LIFESTYLE THROUGH EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE
Vision: To be the best City through the relentless pursuit of excellence.
Values: We are committed to these core values that guide everything we