Position Information

Entry Level and Lateral Firefighter Paramedic

The city of Pullman Civil Service Commission will be testing to establish new Entry-Level and Lateral Transfer Firefighter/Paramedic eligibility lists. Entry-Level: $5,407/month (plus 9.5% for paramedic certification). Lateral Transfer: $5,961/month DOE (plus 9.5% for paramedic certification).

This position performs a variety of life and property protection work through the suppression and prevention of fires and in response to emergency aid calls on a shift. At the scene of a fire, work is performed under hazardous conditions involving smoke, heat, and cramped surroundings, generally requiring strenuous physical exertion. At the scene of a medical emergency or accident, firefighters attend to the public under stressful conditions involving trauma, suffering, and personal tragedies. New employees will be sent to a fire academy and will receive IFSAC Firefighter 1, 2, and Haz Mat Operations certification.

The intial testing process is conducted by Public Safety Testing. Entry-Level applicants must pass both the written exam and the CPAT. Lateral applicants must pass the CPAT ONLY. See the website for Public Safety Testing for more information: https://www.publicsafetytesting.com/.


NOTE – Applicants must ALSO apply through the City of Pullman’s Career Portal found at: https://wa-pullman.civicplushrms.com/Careers/

Position: Entry Level and Lateral Firefighter Paramedic
Organization: City of Pullman
Location: Pullman,  WA 
United States
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 12/31/2021

Drives ambulance in all weather and traffic conditions in a safe manner and as quickly as possible; provides emergency medical treatment in the field and in transit to medical facilities within certification level; disentangles and extricates individuals at the scene of an accident using common and specialized hand and power tools; fills out and completes  ambulance records.

Conducts daily and weekly vehicle and equipment maintenance repairs or reports needed repairs to an officer; completes and routes forms and reports.

Drives apparatus to scene of fire; controls and extinguishes fire and hazardous chemicals using water, chemicals, dry powders and gases; protects life and property by controlling hazardous situations, evacuating people, and moving property or protecting  with  covers;  selects  hose and nozzle to use and directs to extinguish fires; positions and climbs ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings or to assist people to exit structures; creates openings in buildings for ventila­tion or entrance using hand or power tools; fills out and processes fire reports.

Inspects businesses, single and multi-family residences, and student housing for compliance with city ordinances; investi­gates fires to determine probable cause.

Prepares for, conducts, or participates in training sessions; maintains fire station equipment and grounds including routine housekeeping and maintenance duties such as painting, mopping, cleaning, and general repairs.

Makes presentations to the public on an assigned subject.

Attends work on a regular and dependable basis.

Interacts in a professional and respectful manner with city staff and the public.

Performs other tasks as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Entry Level Qualifications include:

  • 21 years of age at the time of appointment.
  • High school graduate or G.E.D.
  • Be a United States citizen or hold appropriate documentation to work in the United States.
  • Ability to read, write, speak, and comprehend the English language.
  • Current Washington State or National Registry EMT-P by date of testing. Able to obtain Washington State Certification within 90 days of hire if needed.
  • Valid Driver’s License by date of testing.Able to obtain Washington License within 90 days of hire if needed. Good driving record as verified by a background investigation.
  • Successfully pass a Medical Evaluation.
  • Candidates must meet the minimum requirements of Section 41.08.070 of the Revised Code of Washington.   


Lateral-Transfer Qualifications, in addition to the qualifications above, include:

  • Successful completion of an accredited fire academy which resulted in an IFSAC or ProBoard Firefighter 1 certification. IFSAC/ProBoard Firefighter 1 certifications obtained prior to June 24, 2010 will need to complete the certification process for IFSAC/ProBoard Hazardous Materials Operations before the end of the trial period. Firefighters not certified as IFSAC/Pro Board Firefighter 2 must complete the process before the end of the trial period.
  • Currently employed as a firefighter with a fire protection agency.
  • Two years of full-time firefighting experience or four years of part-time, reserve, or volunteer firefighting experience.
  • Possession of current certification as either an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-P; hiring authority to determine required certification level at time of announcement) in the state of residence or national registry and able to obtain equivalent level of certification as recognized by the State of Washington within 90 days of appointment.



Selection Factors

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities -

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following abilities: communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing; read, comprehend, and apply a variety of fire suppression, prevention, inspection, and emergency medical materials and information; develop skill in the use and care of a variety of mechanical operations; be able to reason and react quickly and calmly in emergency situations or situations involving personal danger; be able to learn and apply a variety of firefighting duties and methods, as well as skill in the use of firefighting equipment within a reasonable work test period; have physical strength and agility suffi­cient to perform the work required; maintain effective relations with fellow employees and with citizens from varied racial, ethnic, or economic backgrounds.


Uniform Requirements

Work is performed primarily in office, vehicle and outdoor settings, in all weather conditions, including temperature extremes, during 24-hour shifts. Work is often performed in emergency and stressful situations.  Work is occasionally performed in confined spaces and/or in complete darkness.  Individual is exposed to hearing alarms and hazards associated with fighting fires and rendering emergency medical assistance, including smoke, noxious odors, fumes, chemicals, liquid chemicals, solvents and oils.

The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 150 pounds.  Employee may be expected to share a load, such as a patient up to 600 pounds, with other employees.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in office settings, and loud at an emergency scene.


Tools and Equipment Used

Emergency medical aid unit, fire apparatus, fire pumps, hoses, and other standard firefighting equipment, ladders, first aid equipment, radio, pager, personal computer, phone, copy machine, fax machine.



The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

The City of Pullman is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

In accordance with Washington State Governor’s Proclamation 21-14.2, as a condition of employment, all Pullman fire department employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical/religious accommodation. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Vaccine or an approved accommodation for new employees will be verified prior to first day of employment. Please reach out to Human Resources at apply@pullman-wa.gov or 509-338-3207 if you have questions regarding this.

Status: This listing expires on: 3/31/2022
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City of Pullman
190 SE Crestview St

Pullman,  WA 99163
United States
(509) 338-3207
Heidi Evans - Human Resource Manager

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