WHATCOM COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT #8
BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON 98225
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Updated: October 08, 2019
Job Classification: Lateral Volunteer Firefighter
Whatcom County Fire District 8 is currently accepting applications for Lateral Volunteer Firefighter. FireTEAM testing, valid CPAT, FF1 and EMT certifications are required for this position. Please complete the Lateral application (http://www.whatcomfire8.org / employment tab) and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org or the Administrative office at 1800 Broadway.
Salary Information: Stipends range from $75 and $120 per 12 hour shift depending on qualifications.Benefits Information: Department covers costs of all uniforms and required safety gear as well as initial IFSAC Firefighter I and Washington State EMT training.Candidate Contact:360-778-8400Fire@cob.orgDepartment Overview: Whatcom County Fire District 8 is looking to fill several part-paid volunteer firefighter positions. These firefighter positions work between 4 and 10 (12 hour) shifts a month at one of our two fire stations. Shifts run from 0800-2000 (day shift) and 2000-0800 (night shift) and scheduling of shifts is flexible.Stipends are paid per shift with current stipends running between $75 and $120 per shift depending on qualifications. Whatcom County Fire District 8 is a volunteer department that is run by the City of Bellingham Fire Department's administration. The district covers the unincorporated areas northwest of Bellingham including the Bellingham International Airport and the Lummi Nation. The department provides an excellent ongoing training program in partnership with the Bellingham Fire Department.During the shift the volunteer firefighter fills one of two positions that make up the engine/aid company, supplementing the career staffing at 2 stations. This is a unique opportunity to be an integral part of this three-person crew serving as a firefighter or driver. EMT skills are utilized as well for BLS ambulance transport.Area Information: On the shores of Bellingham Bay with Mount Baker as its backdrop, Bellingham is the last major city before the Washington coastline meets the Canadian border. The City of Bellingham, which serves as the county seat of Whatcom County, is at the center of a uniquely picturesque area offering a rich variety of recreational, cultural, educational and economic activities.Population: 7,260
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
Necessary Certifications: WCFD #8 will provide training to the level of IFSAC Firefighter I and EMT basic for Entry Level Volunteer Firefighters.
Schooling Prior and Post Hiring: New Volunteer Firefighters will be required to complete specific requirements to become shift ready initially, and will complete quarterly Fire and EMS training.
Specific Disqualifiers/Behaviors: Felony, Criminal Activity Disqualifiers: Any Felony Convictions
Driving Disqualifiers: Requires satisfactory driving record, any suspension or revocations in previous 3 years will automatically disqualify.
Drug Use Disqualifiers: We are a drug free work place, pre-employment drug screen required.
Overview and Experience and Training: Firefighters provide emergency assistance and protective services to citizens. They are trained and equipped to protect life and property threatened by disaster, fire, explosion, hazardous materials, illness, accidents and other hazards. Activities include emergency prevention, emergency and non-emergency response, fire code enforcement, building inspections, training and drill and maintenance of apparatus, equipment, fire station and grounds. They perform a wide range of emergency work under adverse environmental and strenuous physical conditions. There is frequent potential for exposure to toxic chemicals, extreme heat, and infectious disease which require the use of protective equipment such as heat resistant clothing, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), and medical masks, gloves and gowns.
Firefighters may be required to drive fire apparatus or medical units and perform special firefighting, pre-hospital medical care, rescue work or other skills acquired by work experience and specialized training programs.
Firefighters are subject to shift work and off-duty recall for major emergencies.
Experience & Training
Selection Process: Applicants interested in this position must complete testing through National Testing Network.
WCFD #8 will use the scoring criteria recommended by National Testing Network to determine the highest ranked qualified applicants to go onto the interview section.
Application Process: Please complete the Lateral application (http://www.whatcomfire8.org / employment tab) and return it to email@example.com or the Administrative office at 1800 Broadway.