Firefighter (Open-Entry)

  • Spokane, Washington
  • Mar 17, 2020
Full Time Fire and EMS
  • Salary: $40,444.56 - $80,894.22 Annually USD

Job Description


Performs general duty firefighting work in the preventing, combating, and extinguishing of fires and emergency medical functions.


Responds to fire incidents with a company; lays hose; holds and directs nozzle and water streams; raises and climbs ladders; uses standard firefighting equipment; removes persons from danger; administers emergency medical treatment; performs salvage and overhaul operations.

Performs fire prevention functions such as inspection of business establishments, apartment complexes and schools in assigned district. Assists residents in eliminating hazards and fire dangers.

Performs general housekeeping and maintenance work in the upkeep of the assigned station and equipment. Participates in the recovery, cleaning and inspection of equipment after incidents.

Drives and operates various automotive, mechanical, and auxiliary fire apparatus.

May be assigned specialized duties in addition to regular duties.

Responds to medical emergencies and operates emergency medical equipment and exercises clinical judgment within the licensed scope of practice.

May be assigned as a member of any apparatus staffed or operated by the Fire Department.

Periodically inspects assigned "first-due" area and become familiar with buildings, locations and condition of fire hydrants, streets potential fire hazards and dangers and to compile comprehensive pre-incident plans.

Performs related work as required.


Open Entry(Must be met at time of application.)
  • Education and Experience:High school diploma or equivalent. No previous experience necessary.

Licenses and Certifications(Applies to all applicants.)
  • Possession of a valid driver's license.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training and be eligible for Washington State EMT certification at the time of application.

Paramedic applicants: In addition to the above requirements, paramedic applicants must currently possess the National Registry Paramedic credential or Washington State Paramedic license at the time of application.

Procedural Requirements:Applicants will specify the certifications for which they are qualified. The Fire Department will specify on their requisitions the certifications required to fill a vacant position and only those on the eligible list meeting such specification shall be certified.

NOTE:Minimum medical and health standards for this classification are established by state laws. All successful candidates who have been offered a position will be required to pass the necessary examinations prior to appointment.


Firefighter applicants must pass the Public Safety Testing, Inc., examination to be eligible for hire by the City of Spokane. After you have completed the PST exam, you must apply through the City website for review and placement on the eligible list.

If you have not already taken the PST exam, you may sign up at

The City of Spokane offers one free test per year for those who apply only to the City of Spokane and take the test on the designated "free testing" date at the Spokane, Wash., location.

NOTE: The designated "free testing" date for 2019 will be in July . After this date, the standard PST written test cost is $49, which allows applicants to choose up to 2 agencies to receive their results. Applicants may select more agencies at a cost of $15 for every two additional agencies. Applicants who apply to other agencies than the City of Spokane, or who take the test at a date or location other than the designated free test date in Spokane, are responsible for all costs incurred.

Additional examinations shall be administered as applications are received with results merged into one eligible list according to final ratings, pursuant to the Merit System Rules of the Civil Service Commission: Rule IV, Section 13 - Continuous Examinations.

Upon request, at time of application, the City will provide alternative accessible tests to individuals with disabilities that impair manual, sensory or speaking skills needed to take the test, unless the test is intended to measure those skills.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity within our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status, genetic information, veteran/military status or disability status. As a Fair Chance employer, City of Spokane does not conduct initial background screening for non-public safety positions.

Job Address

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