Firefighter – Entry Level & Lateral – Puyallup, Washington

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue (CPFR) is now accepting applications from both entry level and lateral candidates who are interested in joining our team as a Firefighter/EMT. This recruitment may be used to fill firefighter vacancies for up to two (2) years.

The pay rates listed above reflect the 2020 base pay rates.

The mission of CPFR is to Effectively Respond, Continuously Improve and Compassionately Serve the needs of our diverse communities by safely providing fire suppression, emergency medical services, technical rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, public information and education, and prevention and code compliance.

CPFR protects a service area of 85 square miles (Spanaway, Parkland, Midland, Summit, Summit View, South Hill, Elk Plain, Portion of Frederickson, City of Puyallup and unincorporated “North Puyallup”) with a population served of 216,000. Our service area borders the cities of Tacoma, Lakewood, Edgewood, Fife, Sumner, Graham, and Joint Base Lewis McChord (which is one of the largest military posts in the United States).

CPFR has 12 active fire stations, with a 13th seasonal station, distributed throughout our response area. Our front-line uniform personnel staff and operate 11 engine companies, 2 ladders, 8 medic units, and 2 command vehicles. CPFR also deploys specialized units (brush trucks, haz mat, etc.). The majority of the uniformed force is engaged in fire suppression and emergency medical service delivery.

In 2019, our system handled over 31,000 incidents; this included 24,000 emergency medical incidents and over 700 significant structure fire events.

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue in an Equal Opportunity Employer. We want to employ a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and we welcome candidates with diverse and/or multicultural skill sets and personal experiences.

For additional information about Central Pierce Fire & Rescue, visit our website.

Firefighter/EMT’s are responsible for protecting life and property by performing emergency aid, as well as performing firefighting work, hazardous materials and fire prevention while maintaining emergency and rescue equipment/apparatus, fire equipment/apparatus and fire department facilities. Firefighter/EMT’s also prepare a variety of electronic reports and constantly interact with the public in a positive way.

Entry Level Candidates:
Graduation from high school or equivalent and a minimum of 18 years of age.
Valid driver’s license.

Lateral Candidates:
To be eligible to be classified as a lateral candidate, in addition to the above requirements, you must have been employed for at least 36 of the last 60 months in a full-time paid position as a Firefighter with a municipal fire department, fire protection district or the United States Military.

Licenses, Certification and Other Requirements
A nationally recognized candidate physical ability test (CPAT*) will be required to be successfully completed and attached to your application at the time of submittal.

The CPAT* assesses the physical abilities necessary to perform the duties of a firefighter.

The CPAT* certification must be dated within one year of the date of your application submittal date.

You MUST attach written documentation of your CPAT* certification to your application or your application will be disqualified and you will not be invited to the Written Exam.

*CPAT = Candidate Physical Ability Test
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Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and attach a current CPAT* certification with their application will be invited to take the online written examination scheduled for January 6, 2021. There will be no alternative test dates. Applicants must pass the written test to move forward for further consideration.

FPSI’s Comprehensice Examination Battery with Practical Skills Test (CEB-PST)
All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications AND who have attached a current CPAT certification to their application, will be emailed a Candidate Orientation Guide that includes sample practice test items.

Veteran’s Preference
Applicants who are eligible for veteran’s scoring criteria (Veteran’s Preference) must attach a copy of their DD-214 (proof of military discharge form) at the time of application to be eligible.

Individuals given a conditional offer of employment must also pass a psychological examination as well as a pre-employment medical examination, which includes a drug screening.

New employees must successfully complete a one-year probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

This position is covered by a labor agreement between CPFR and IAFF Local 726.

Recruitment Timelines
The timeline for this recruitment is set out below. It is the responsibility of each candidate to be available for each step of the process. At any point, if you are unable to attend a scheduled step, your application will be withdrawn and you will no longer be eligible to continue in the balance of the process.
Written Exam (online) – Wednesday, January 6, 2021
One day only, no other date will be offered

Oral Boards (in person or ZOOM, TBD) – January 18 – 22, 2021
Attendance on one day only

Suitability Assessments (online) – February 1 – 12, 2021

Background Investigations – March 2021
This timeframe is for the completion of your paperwork and for an initial interview (as well any follow-up) with the background investigators

Chief’s Interviews – April 19 – 30, 2021
Attendance on one day only

Physicals/Drug Screens/Psychological Assessments – May 2021
Attendance on multiple days, depending on the availability of the providers

Communication from Central Pierce Fire & Rescue:
We communicate primarily via email during the application and testing process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

If you need technical support in completing your job application please contact 1-855-524-5627 and reach a live specialist. If you are not immediately directed to a specialist, you can hold or press 2 to request a call back.

Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to the Human Resources Department at