Employment Opportunity: For Firefigher/EMT & Firefighter/Paramedic

September 25, 2019

Clark County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) is establishing an eligibility list for Firefighter/EMT and Firefighter/Paramedic.  We anticipate hiring at least two (2) positions in early 2020. This number may increase to five (5) if CCF&R is awarded a SAFER grant. The 2019 entry base Firefighter monthly salary is $5,365 (additional salary DOQ).

Entry-level firefighters are sent to an IFSAC accredited academy and are entered into the Washington State Firefighters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) program.  All career firefighters are members of the firefighter’s union, IAFF Local 3674.

Candidates with fire service experience may be considered for lateral employment.  Lateral consideration may be made for firefighters who are already entered into, or have completed, an approved firefighter apprenticeship program.  This includes the Washington State Firefighters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) program. CCFR will also consider programs from other states. The 2019 lateral monthly base salary range is $6,080 to $6,796 (depending on duration of previous experience).

Candidates with Washington State or National Registry Paramedic certification by December 31, 2019 may be considered for employment as a Firefighter/Paramedic.  Personnel assigned to serve in the District’s paramedic program, and who receive and maintain valid paramedic certification, shall receive additional duty pay of 10% to the monthly base salaries listed for entry-level and lateral.

Please pay special attention to the timeline checklist at the end of this announcement.

District Information:

Formed in 2008 by the merger of two large fire districts, Clark County Fire & Rescue protects and serves a population of over 40,000 residents in a 125 square mile area.  Included in that area are the Cowlitz Indian Reservation, and the Cities of Ridgefield, La Center and Woodland, which are some of the fastest growing cities in the state.  The District is adjacent to the city of Vancouver, WA and is rural and suburban in nature and runs over 4,000 calls per year out of five staffed fire stations.  The District is governed by elected Commissioners and provides fire suppression, rescue and non-transport EMS service.  The district is a combination department with 52 FTE personnel and approximately 20 volunteers. 

Application & Written Test:

Public Safety Testing (PST) will conduct the initial testing of our candidates, please visit their website at www.publicsafetytesting.com to complete your application online and select the testing date and/or location most convenient for you.

In order for your score to be available to CCFR, you must have completed the written exam with PST between June 1, 2019 and November 17, 2019 at 5:00 PM and apply to Clark County Fire & Rescue via the PST website.  Candidates have several opportunities to take the written exam.  See the PST calendar for details.

Application and written test DUE: November 17, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

Physical Abilities Test:

Applicant must possess valid Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) credentials dated anytime from November 17, 2018 to November 17, 2019.  Any legitimate CPAT will suffice.

CPAT tests are conducted by (among others) Public Safety Testing.  To view a list of upcoming CPAT events and to sign up, please visit Public Safety Testing’s website.

Personal History Statement (PHS):

A completed Personal History Statement (PHS) must be uploaded to your PST account prior to November 17, 2019 at 5:00 PM.  To complete and upload your PHS, login to your PST account and navigate to “My PHS Form”.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Pass written exam
  • CPAT
  • 18 years of age by the date of hire
  • Eligible to work in the US
  • High school graduate or GED
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license
  • Washington State EMT certification or National Registry EMT certification. If National Registry, must obtain Washington certification within six months of hire.


  • Washington State EMT-P certification or National Registry EMT-P certification. Must obtain Clark County certification within 6 months of hire.

Timeline Checklist:

  • Application period: September 25, 2019 through November 17, 2019 at 5 PM
  • CPAT documentation due: November 17, 2019 by 5:00 PM
  • Invitations to oral board interviews: Week of November 25, 2019
  • Oral board interviews: Week of December 9, 2019
  • Paramedic Evaluations: Week of December 9, 2019
  • Chiefs interviews: December 18, 2019
  • Hiring date: Estimated February or March 2020