KENNEWICK FIRE DEPARTMENT
PO BOX 6108
KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON 99336
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Updated: October 25, 2019
The Kennewick Fire Department is currently recruiting to fill several openings. Eligibility/placement on the Civil Service eligibility list will be based on the following.
Salary Information:Current Pay Rates -Hire - $27.211 Year - $29.742 Year - $32.273 Year - $34.80
Message from Fire Chief Vince Beasley:
I believe in leading with integrity. At the Kennewick Fire Department, we continually strive to live, act, and serve our community with the utmost of integrity. I believe in “doing the right thing, for the right reasons, regardless of the consequences.”
The Kennewick Fire Department is dedicated to providing excellent public service and ensuring the safety and well-being of our community and one another. In doing so, we support the City of Kennewick’s mission of “Leading the Way,” be exemplifying our Core Values of Integrity, Inclusiveness, Stewardship, and Communication.
I am proud to represent and work with, the incredibly dedicated men and women of the City of Kennewick and the Kennewick Fire Department who uphold and embrace these values, which enable them to serve as positive role models within our community at all times – both on and off-duty. Our members understand that the uniform and badge come off at the end of a shift; the pride and professionalism remain in every decision made.
How fortunate we are to have such unwavering support and encouragement from our City Manager and Council Members who provide us with the resources we need to continue performing our jobs to the highest level possible. I feel so blessed to be amongst community leaders who anticipate needs and work together to deliver solutions.
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.
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.