Firefighter
City of Bothell, WA - Bothell, WA

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Please note: This is the application phase of the testing process for the Entry Level Firefighter with the City of Bothell. You must test with National Testing Network before July 18, 2014 to be considered in this phase.

Under the supervision of a Fire Lieutenant or other ranking officer, individuals classified as Firefighter perform a complete range of firefighting activities and operate any and all Fire Department equipment, tools and apparatus within its full operations capability to protect life and property of and to deliver certified emergency first-aid services at the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level. Work is performed in accordance with specified policies, procedures and practices learned on-the-job and often performed under unpleasant, stressful and /or hazardous conditions. Work may frequently require the performance of extremely physically demanding tasks for extended periods. Individuals spend substantial amounts of time engaged in routine inspection, testing, cleaning and maintenance of equipment, apparatus and quarters and/or supervised firefighting, EMT, or other associated training.

Examples of Essential Duties:
  • Respond via mobile fire suppression apparatus to calls or reports of actual, possible or potential occurrence of fire, explosion, uncontained hazardous/volatile material/chemical contamination or other property and/or life threatening emergency condition to suppress, control, remove, contain or otherwise mitigate the hazardous situation or materials.
  • Regularly utilize and operate a wide variety of fire suppression and first-aid equipment such as pumpers, aerial or hand-held ladders, hoses, oxygen apparatus, chain saws, Hurst tool, hooks, axes, lines, fans, pumps, shovels, backboards, dressings and splints.
  • As required, clean, service and test designated fire apparatus and equipment to insure constant readiness fore emergency response; inventory associated tools, equipment and effect their appropriate placement; report to superiors observations of actual or potential equipment deterioration, malfunction, failure or loss.
  • As required, remove individuals and property from hazardous situations in accordance with established departmental procedures governing the circumstances.
  • Render emergency first-aid services to the EMT level utilizing standard procedures and equipment.
  • Perform salvage task as required including covering furnishings, ventilation of premises; removing debris and pumping; sweeping and vacuuming water.
  • Participates in drills, simulated catastrophes, classes, seminars and other learning/training exercises.
  • As directed, perform general maintenance work on Fire Department equipment and quarters such as cleaning, polishing and minor adjustments and repairs of apparatus and accessories; hydrant testing; washing and polishing vehicles; washing, hanging and drying hose; vacuuming carpets; washing walls and floors; and checking and replenishing disposable supplies.
  • Perform designated activities in the preparation of pre-fire maps including building drawing and gas and/or electrical services(s) shut-offs utilizing personal computer consoles and/or drawing sketched and layouts.
  • As assigned, conduct fire protection and other related inspections on behalf of the City Fire Marshal.
  • As assigned, conduct presentations before school groups and service organizations on fire prevention, suppression procedures and equipment. May conduct tour of department facilities.
  • As assigned, perform work activities in the capacity of Fire Lieutenant.

Minimum Qualifications:

Requires knowledge of the field of assignment and physical and mental ability sufficient to perform thoroughly and accurately the full scope of responsibility as illustrated by example in the above job description.
  • Must be minimum of eighteen (18) year of age.
  • Meet provision as established by the Civil Service Commission.
  • High school graduate.
  • Ability to satisfactorily complete course work and training such as Washington State Fire Academy and other in-service training in methods, procedures and techniques of fire science work presented by employees of higher classification in the department of by attendance at special schools.
  • Possess or ability to obtain a valid State of Washington Driver’s License, and, as required, Emergency Vehicle Accident Prevention Certificate, with a driving record free of any significant moving violations.
  • Possess or ability to obtain specialized motor vehicle driver’s license as required to perform the job.
  • A driving record free of violation which related to ability to learn the awareness, responsiveness and skill necessary to drive fire vehicles safely and effectively under emergency conditions.
  • A personal record free of any convictions which relate to fitness to perform the job of Firefighter.
  • Ability to learn principles and techniques of modern fire prevention, suppression and life saving procedures and techniques.
  • Ability to learn to read, interpret and properly apply laws applicable to fire service work.
  • Possess and maintain a valid State of Washington Emergency Medical Technician Certification within one (1) year of advancement to Salary Level B.
  • Ability to express self clearly, concisely in speaking and writing and legibly in writing or printing.
  • Ability to memorize and recall detail e.g., streets, roads and related geographical features to facilitate response to calls and alarms.
  • Ability to maintain composure and self-control under adverse conditions, e.g., critical injuries and death.
  • Ability to cope with situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and with respect for the rights of citizens.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees.
  • Ability to perform duties and maintain personal conduct, attitude and appearance that conform to strict policies, procedures, discipline and within a “chain of command” management system.
  • Ability to hold self in readiness at all times to answer calls, accept authority, obey orders of superiors and accept a strict personal organizational cod of conduct and ethics.
  • Ability to obtain approved advance First Aid and CPR Certification prior to completion of probationary period.
  • Ability to adjust to a lifestyle that requires working twenty-four (24) hour shifts for other work schedules, including work on holidays and being subject to overtime, holdover and callback at any time.
  • Ability to maintain a balanced perspective about life in general notwithstanding a continuous potential life-threatening situation.
  • Should be able to meet performance standards established by National Fire Protection Association and Washington State Fire Chief’s Association.

Additional Information:

Individuals are expected to perform conscientiously, proficiently and independently any and all emergency and non-emergency assignments and duties of a regular or irregular nature. Responsible for recognizing the importance placed on activities by the public and for tactful and respectful treatment of citizens. Responsible for assigned fire prevention and suppression equipment of the Fire Department.

Work involved the potential for person injury, and individuals must be able to act without supervision and to exercise independent judgment and discretion in meeting emergencies.

Fire prevention and suppression assignments are normally performed in accordance with departmental policies, rules, Standard Operating Practices and established precedent, with matters requiring deviation normally referred to next higher command level for decision of direction.

Performance is reviewed on a continuous basis by department superiors through an appraisal of work methods, results achieved, reports personal inspection and discussion.

Application Procedure:

Please note: This is the application phase of the testing process for the Entry Level Firefighter with the City of Bothell. You must have tested with National Testing Network.

Veterans Preference
If you are applying for Veterans Prefernce, please complete the form found at the link below and attach it and your DD214 to yor application. Or you may choose to fax them to us at: 425-489-3399.
Veteran Preference Form

Testing was conducted through National Testing Network (NTN) June 3, 2014 - July 18, 2014. Candidates must have tested with NTN during that timeframe.