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Work Schedule: Twenty-four (24) hours on duty followed by forty-eight (48) hours off duty

This position is represented by Local 414 of the International Association of Firefighters (AFL-CIO-CLC) and is covered by a fair share agreement.

This recruitment is open to all qualified applicants meeting the minimum qualifications. Firefighter recruitments are conducted approximately every two years. This recruitment will establish an eligibility list of qualified candidates that will be considered for any Firefighter vacancies that occur between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 unless the list is replaced or extended by the Police & Fire Commission.

Appointed incumbents are on probation for 121 days worked and may be removed without cause and without any right of appeal. Appointed incumbents must obtain a Wisconsin Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-DA) license within two years of their hire date and maintain such EMT throughout the term of their employment. Failure to maintain the EMT license shall subject the appointed incumbent to termination. Appointed incumbents also, at the discretion of the City, may be required to obtain and maintain a paramedic certification within an eight (8) year period. Failure to satisfactorily complete the paramedic training when assigned or failure to maintain any required paramedic license or certificate shall subject the appointed incumbent to termination.

Incumbents hired must comply with all departmental policies and procedures.

Residency requirement: Prior to the completion of the 121 working day probationary period, applicants must reside within Kenosha County, Racine County (except the Town of Waterford; however the Village of Waterford is acceptable), Franklin, Oak Creek, or South Milwaukee. The incumbent of this position is required to maintain such residency during the term of employment.

Recruitment Process

The recruitment process consists of the following:
  • Application acceptance period
  • Application review period
  • Written examination
  • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
  • Panel Interviews
  • Award Veteran Preference Point (if applicable)
  • Eligibility List
  • Fire Chief's Interview
Applicant's must complete and pass each step to make it to the eligibility list. The eligibility list will be developed based on the composite score of applicants who successfully pass the written exam, CPAT, and a minimum of two (2) panel interviews. When a firefighter vacancy occurs, Human Resources will provide applicants to the Fire Chief from the eligibility list for a final interview. The applicants presented to the Fire Chief are among the top ten (10) scoring and qualified candidates on the eligibility list for the first vacancy. For each additional vacancy, the Fire Chief will receive up to five (5) names from the next highest scoring and qualified candidates. The Fire Chief will use the eligibility list to fill vacancies for the next eighteen (18) months or until five or fewer candidates remain on the list. The list may be extended by the Police & Fire Commission up to an additional 6 months.

Click here for additional information on the recruitment process. Please note that almost all communication (throughout the recruitment process) will be by email, so please be sure to provide the correct email address and be sure to check your email on an ongoing basis.

Application Procedure:

Applications must be complete, thorough and submitted online. Paper applications will not be accepted. A copy of your high school diploma or GED, birth certificate, DD-214 and Proof of Disability (if claiming Veteran's Preference Points), along with other required forms must be attached and submitted with your application in the attachment section of the application. Be sure to select the attachment type of "Birth Certificate or Equivalent" and/or "High School Diploma or Equivalent" when submitting your birth certificate and high school diploma or equivalent documentation. It may be necessary to scan your documents prior to attaching them. You may attach any other materials that you wish to accompany your application. We currently accept attachments with the following extensions: .bmp, .doc, .docx, .gif, .jpeg, .pdf, .png, .tif, .xls, and .xlsx. Attachments that are larger than five (5) megabytes will not be accepted. If your file is larger than five (5) megabytes, you will need to reduce the file size.

Candidates submitting incomplete or failing to return all required forms, will be rejected and will not be permitted to participate in the examination process. Click here for a list of frequently asked questions in completing an online application and click here for a step by step guide.

Written Test:

The written exam is scheduled for June 15, 2013 and June 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM and on June 13, 2013 and June 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM . No other dates are scheduled for the written exam. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will receive an email to self-schedule for the written exam once the application review is complete. You will be eliminated from the recruitment process if you fail to respond. The test is being provided by Wisconsin Personnel Partners and proctored by the City of Kenosha Human Resources Department. Candidates who have taken the approved test within the last six (6) months (from December 1, 2012 to the present) can re-use their previous score (if it is a minimum of 70%) and do not need to re-take the test. Click here for additional information on the written exam. Applicants need to score a minimum of a 70% in order to proceed to the next step in the recruitment process.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT):

If you successfully pass the written exam, you will receive email notification regarding CPAT testing. Click here for additional information on the CPAT preparation and for an orientation guide. If you passed the CPAT within the past six (6) months, this phase of the examination process will be waived if you attach a copy of your CPAT certification with your application. You will be eliminated from the recruitment process if you fail to complete and pass the CPAT.

Panel Interviews:

The panel interview dates will be determined after the written test and CPAT. For those who pass both tests, you will receive an email notification to self-schedule your interview. You will be eliminated from the recruitment process if you fail to respond. Click here for additional information on preparing for the panel interview.


General Overview of Position:

Under general supervision, is responsible for extinguishing fires, rescuing persons and property from danger, and performing salvage and related follow-up work. Incumbents are also required to perform life-saving rescue techniques as part of a fire rescue operation or as part of other emergency operations. While emergency responses constitute the primary focus of a firefighter's responsibility, considerable time is spent in study, training, inspecting and maintaining equipment and apparatus, and in cleaning and maintaining quarters. Duties involve an element of personal danger and incumbents must be capable of functioning as an integral part of a work unit in order to ensure the safe and efficient performance of duties. Work is performed in accordance with direct instructions and well-defined routines and under the immediate supervision of a superior officer. Work is reviewed through observation for adherence to established policies and procedures. Performs other work as requested or assigned.

Example of Duties & Responsibilities:

All personnel of the Kenosha Fire Department shall perform any and all duties that the Chief or his superior officers may direct. These duties may include, but are not limited to the following: fire prevention; public fire education; emergency medical assistance; hazardous material activities; training; fire suppression; operation of apparatus and equipment; maintenance of station apparatus and equipment; pre-fire planning; public relations and assistance to fire administration in business matters.
  • Responds to emergencies with a fire company or rescue unit.
  • Answers medical emergencies as part of an engine company, as a basic life support unit or on a rescue unit as an advanced life support/transport unit.
  • Removes, extracts, and rescues persons from danger.
  • Recognizes acute symptoms requiring immediate care; administers lifesaving rescue procedures to injured or afflicted persons.
  • Performs salvage operations including throwing salvage covers, sweeping water, removing debris, and placing smoke ejectors.
  • Connects hose to hydrants and pumps; joins hose sections and connects nozzles to hose; enters burning buildings with or without hose lines; operates nozzles and sprays a stream of water or fog on fires.
  • Operates hand fire extinguishers and similar equipment in extinguishing fires; raises and climbs ladders; ventilates burning buildings to remove smoke and gases.
  • Makes daily inspections of apparatus and equipment and notifies supervisor of defects; performs cleaning and maintenance tasks in and about assigned station.
  • Aids in the mitigation of other emergencies as directed by supervisor.
  • Attends instruction sessions in firefighting methods; equipment operation, rescue procedures, hazardous materials mitigation, and related subjects.
  • Recognizes hazardous material situations; makes identification of unknown substances through the use of specialized testing equipment; sets up decontamination procedures; assists state agencies in the removal/disposal of hazardous material.
  • Performs fire inspections.
(NOTE: The duties listed above are intended as illustrations of the various types of work performed by persons in positions covered by this classification specification. This list is not all inclusive. The omission of a particular job duty does not mean that the duty is not one of the essential functions of the position.


Training and Experience:
  • United States citizen.
  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Minimum age of eighteen (18).
  • Valid driver's license with a good driving record that meets City of Kenosha standards; must have or be able to obtain a Wisconsin driver's license.
  • Vision must meet the standards set by the City.
  • No loss of hearing within normal voice range.
  • Read, write, speak and understand the English language.
  • No felony conviction unless pardoned. No criminal conviction substantially related to the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • No physical, mental or emotional conditions which could adversely affect ability to perform the essential duties of the job.
Examples of Other Highly Desired Background:
  • Firefighting or emergency medical services (EMS) training and experience.
  • Associates or Bachelors Degree from an accredited institution.
  • Certification as Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, and/or Firefighter I/II.
  • Ability to speak and understand Spanish or other languages.
Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:
  • Knowledge of firefighting principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of tools, equipment, and apparatus used in firefighting.
  • Ability to learn a wide variety of firefighting and rescue duties within a reasonable probationary period.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
  • Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergencies.
  • Ability to keep simple records and make reports.
  • Skill in the use of firefighting tools.
  • Ability to handle reasonably necessary stress.
Physical Requirements:
  • Task involves the regular, and at times sustained, performance of heavier physical tasks such as walking over rough or uneven surfaces, bending, stooping, working in confined spaces, and lifting or carrying moderately heavy (20-50 pound) items and occasionally very heavy (100 pounds or over) items; or may involve the complex operation of gasoline, electric, or diesel-powered machinery or shop equipment requiring the manipulation of multiple controls, fine adjustments or both.
Environmental Requirements:
  • Task requires that work be performed in adverse environmental conditions.
Sensory Requirements:
  • Task requires color perception and discrimination.
  • Task requires sound perception and discrimination.
  • Task requires odor perception and discrimination.
  • Task requires depth perception and discrimination.
  • Task requires texture perception and discrimination.
  • Task requires visual perception and discrimination.
  • Task requires oral communications ability.

Method of Selection:

The selection procedure will be conducted in a manner consistent with the established procedures approved by the Police and Fire Commission and existing professional personnel practices. Special consideration may be given to candidates who possess a paramedic certification. An offer of employment as a firefighter, will be contingent upon the candidate passing a psychological evaluation, medical examination including drug/chemical screen, background investigation, and by final approval from the Police & Fire Commission.

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