Closed: Career Firefighter/EMT

The City of Selah is accepting employment applications to develop a hiring list for the full-time, entry-level firefighter/EMT position.

Job Details

Date Posted: January 26, 2023
Closing Date: February 24, 2023
Department: Fire Department
Classifications: Permanent; Full time; Non-Union; Non-Exempt
Benefits: Position receives full benefits
Salary Range: $4,300-$4,821/month
Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2023 (pending budget approval)

Proposed Hiring Timeline

January 26thJob Announcement Posted
February 24thCover Letter, Resume, & Application received by 5:00pm
March 8thKnowledge Assessment (written test) 6pm @Selah Fire Station 21 (206 W. Fremont Ave, Selah, WA 98942) Knowledge assessment will consist of questions from IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting 7th edition and National Registry EMT
March 14th and 15thPhysical Agility Test (Combat Challenge) 9am @ Yakima Station 95
March 28th and 29thOral Board Interviews at Selah Fire Station 21
April 13thCivil Service Meeting to Certify Candidate Ranking
April 25th-26thChiefs’ Interviews of Finalists
May 2ndConditional Job Offer and LEOFF 2 Physical Examination and Background Investigation to Follow
July 1st2023 Anticipated Start Date Pending Budget Approval

The City reserves the right to make minor changes to this schedule as necessary.

**Applicants will be required to reside in Yakima County within one year from date of hire**

Essential functions and duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Performs firefighting activities including driving fire apparatus, operating pumps and related equipment, laying hose, and performing fire combat, containment and extinguishment tasks, which includes structural, wildland, and other fire suppression, and EMS (as described in the Selah Fire Department Personnel Policy Manual, Firefighter Work Description, Page 2-126).
  • Performs emergency aid activities including administering first aid and providing other assistance as required.
  • Participates in fire drills, attends classes in firefighting, emergency medical, hazardous materials, and related subjects.
  • Receives and relays fire calls and alarms. Operates radio and other communication equipment.
  • Participates in the inspection of buildings, hydrants, and other structures in fire prevention programs.
  • Performs general maintenance work in the upkeep of fire facilities, apparatus, and equipment; cleans and washes walls and floors; vacuums rugs and carpets, cleans and sanitizes restrooms and showers, cares for grounds around stations; makes minor repairs; washes, hangs and dries hose; washes, cleans, polishes, maintains and tests apparatus and equipment and other maintenance duties as directed by the Chief or his designee.
  • Assists in developing plans for special assignments such as emergency preparedness, communications, training programs, firefighting, hazardous materials, pre-fire plans and emergency aid activities.
  • Presents programs to the community on safety, medical, and fire prevention topics.
  • Performs salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, sweeping water, and removing debris.

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or GED equivalent

Two (2) years’ experience as a career or volunteer firefighter.

Required Training, licensing, or certifications: 

  • Must possess a valid WA. State driver’s license without record of suspension or revocation in any State. Must possess current automobile insurance.
  • Must currently possess the following certifications:
  • Washington State Emergency Medical Technician (you may apply if you are currently enrolled in a Washington State-approved course but must complete certification by June 15, 2023)
  • IFSAC Firefighter I certification or equivalent

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of driver safety; working knowledge of first aid.
  • Skill in the operation of the listed tools and equipment.
  • Ability to learn the operation of fire suppression and other emergency equipment;
  • Ability to learn to apply standard firefighting, emergency aid, hazardous materials, and fire prevention techniques;
  • Ability to perform strenuous or peak physical effort during emergency, training or station maintenance activities for prolonged periods of time under conditions of extreme heights, intense heat, cold or smoke;
  • Ability to act effectively in emergency and stressful situations;
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the general public;
  • Ability to meet the special requirements listed below.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older at time of hire.
  • No felony convictions or disqualifying criminal history.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be able to read and write the English language.
  • Ability to meet Departmental physical standards

Applications must be submitted to:
City of Selah
Attention: Treesa Morales
115 W. Naches Ave