Fire Department Training Officer

CLOSED. No longer accepting applications for this position

Selah Fire Department is actively recruiting candidates for the fulltime position of Fire Department Training Officer.

The department is looking for a professional with the energy, vision, desire and passion to help instruct and educate our department. The position requires performing a wide range of duties involving the planning, coordination, supervision and evaluation of all aspects of the training division for a full-service combination career and paid on call fire/EMS emergency response agency. This includes preparing training schedules, coordinating trainings, instructing trainings, record keeping, providing reports and leadership in an officer role. The ideal candidate shall be experienced in firefighting and comfortable in a command role of structure fires, wildland fires, motor vehicle accidents and value all employees which includes a very strong paid on call firefighter program.

Job Details

Date Posted: October 2, 2023
Closing Date: October 23, 2023
Department: Fire Department
Classifications: Permanent; Full time; Non-Union; Non-Exempt
Benefits: Position receives full healthcare and retirement benefit package
Salary Range: $6,000 – $6,733 /month
Anticipated Start Date: January 1, 2024

About the Department

We are a full-service combination department providing structural and wildland urban/interface fire suppression, Haz-Mat response, non-transport EMS, public education, code enforcement and fire investigation.  We are currently staffed with 12 career and 55 paid on call members, all of which train to Firefighter I standards.  We serve a population of over 20,000 and cover 65 square miles out of 4 stations, 1 in the City of Selah and 3 in Yakima County Fire District #2.  Call volume for 2022 was 2,064 of which 80% were EMS calls. Our first due response area also extends beyond our districts borders to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife property, US Bureau of Land Management property, Washington State Department of Natural Resources property and into an adjoining county.

Although uniquely isolated, we have major state and interstate highways, rail lines, and air traffic that pass through our initial response area.  These transportation routes provide the main connection between eastern and western Washington for commercial, military, and private transportation.  We are rimed by Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and United States Bureau of Land Management land on our northern border, a military training installation on our eastern border, the City of Yakima, a metro area with a population of over 93,000 and home to Yakima Valley Community College on our southern border, and two small fire districts and United States Forest Service land on our western border.

Applications must be submitted to the following location:

Selah City Hall
Attn: Human Resources
115 W. Naches Ave
Selah WA 98942

*Qualified applicants will be notified via email regarding details of the testing process which will follow the procedures and timeline as closely as possible.  Please make sure you have sufficient access to your email as all information regarding this job recruitment will be conducted via email.  If you need accommodations to submit your application packet or prefer to receive communication another way, please contact the Human Resources Department. 

Please note: no late submissions will be accepted. 

Application Packet Requirements:

In order to have a complete application packet, please include the following with your application:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Professional Resume
  3. Completed Application with Original Signature
  4. Completed Supplemental Questionnaire
  5. Copy of current WA State Driver’s License and Proof of Vehicle Insurance
  6. Copy of IFSAC FF I Certification or Yakima County Recruit School Equivalent
  7. Copy of current Washington State EMT Certification
  8. Copy of current Red Card Firefighter 2 or higher Certification
  9. Copies of any other ‘required within one year’ certifications listed above

Proposed Timeline:

October 2, 2023Advertise position. Application period opens
October 23, 2023Application packet received by 5:00 p.m (PST) at Selah City Hall, Attn: Treesa Morales. Marked “Fire Department Training Officer Position”
October 24-25, 2023First review of applications and verification of requirements.  Per Civil Service Rules, applicants will be given an option to provide missing material until October 25th.  Notice of missing documentation will be sent via email. List of top 5 candidates made.
October 26, 2023Top 5 candidates notified of process advancement. Written and practical assessment and schedule given out.
November 2, 2023Written assessment due and practical assessments held.
November 6-8, 2023Chief interview scheduling and interviews.
November 9, 2023Civil Service – score approvals.
November 13, 2023Conditional job offer made contingent on a successful background investigation, physical examination, and work ability assessment.
Nov. 14 – Dec. 8, 2023Background investigation conducted and complete Dr. physical/drug screen – On Scene Medical.
November 20, 2023
Complete medical physical/drug screen with On Scene Medical, Kennewick (at 10:30 a.m.)
Week of Dec. 11, 2023
Work ability test – combat challenge
December 13 or 14, 2023
Final Job offer (dependent on all testing results confirmed).
January 1, 2024    Anticipated Position hire date & 1st day on the job

Applicant must be available for all date listed in proposed timeline