Firefighter - Lateral

  • Spokane, Washington
  • May 08, 2022
Full Time Fire and EMS
  • Salary: $42,277.95 - $84,555.90 Annually USD

Job Description


Are you passionate about serving others and your community? Do you have a desire to help people on a daily basis? Would others describe you as professional and ethical? If so, a career as a Firefighter at the City of Spokane may be the perfect profession for you!

The Spokane Fire Department (SFD) seeks applicants that are interested in joining a team of dedicated individuals to protect and serve Spokane citizens. SFD is responsible for emergency medical services, fire suppression, mitigating the consequences from disasters, and rescue activities. In addition to emergency work, members provide a wide range of services to the community, including blood pressure screening, tours of fire stations and apparatus, and on-duty fire and life safety presentations within the community.

Not only does a career as a Firefighter offer various advancement opportunities and diverse career paths but also rewarding and fulfilling work. The Spokane Fire Department operates 16 stations throughout the city and provides emergency response, prevention education, and training.

Firefighters also receive an excellent benefits package including a pension plan and annual salary increases!

Why choose the Spokane region:

Why do locals love Spokane? It may depend on whom you ask but most will tell you it is because of the abundance of outdoor recreation, numerous waterways within a close driving distance, arts and culture, a plethora of breweries and wineries, and a rich food scene in the vibrant downtown core. With its natural beauty, entertainment, award winning K-12 schools and excellent colleges and universities it's no wonder why Spokane continues to grow! Learn more about our city
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  • 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.


Lateral Entry
(All requirements must be met at the time of application.)
  • Education:
    • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience:
    • Minimum of five years of full-time experience as a professional firefighter.
    • Must be currently employed or have been laid off or retired in good standing within the past 6 months.
  • Licenses and Certifications:
    • Valid driver's license
    • Valid Firefighter 1 certification
    • Hazmat Operations certification
    • CPAT passed within the previous 12 months
    • Current EMT or Paramedic certification (If certified outside Washington State, must have completed National Registry Certification as an EMT or Paramedic)

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.

  • Ability to see, with or without corrective lenses, well enough to read fine print, such as maps, identify shapes at night such as house numbers and to distinguish shapes through smoky conditions.
  • Ability to hear, with or without a hearing aid, and speak well enough to converse on a radio or telephone and give or receive orders in muffled conditions.
  • Ability to climb a variety of ladders.
  • Enough body mobility to maintain balance in precarious positions and to crawl in confined spaces.
  • Enough manual dexterity to maintain and operate necessary equipment and tools.
  • Enough strength to rescue heavy people while in protective clothing and carry equipment up a ladder.
  • Tolerance and stamina to work under adverse, hazardous conditions, such as smoke, gas, heat, cold and confined spaces, for extended periods of time.

NEW: In compliance with the Washington State Governor's Proclamation 21-14-1, all employees in this classification shall be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless the employee is granted a medical or religious exemption that the City can reasonably accommodate.


Recruitment for this job classification is open until further notice. Candidates must pass the examination for this classification to be eligible for employment by the City of Spokane. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit a City of Spokane employment application online.

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.

Upcoming Public Safety Testing Spokane Dates:
  • Saturday, November 20, 2021 - CPAT Orientation/Practice Test
  • Sunday, November 21, 2021 - CPAT Test
The examination will consist of a Training and Experience examination (T&E) with scoring weight assigned as follows:
• T&E: 100%

T&E Evaluation Details
The Training and Experience examination with instructions will be emailed out from NEOGOV ( . You will be notified upon passing minimum qualifications.
  • Responses to your T&E questions should be consistent with the information given in your application details. Answers are subject to verification.
  • Failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score; therefore, it is advantageous for you to provide a full and complete response to each examination question.
  • Resumes or questionnaires uploaded as attachments will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question online.
  • "See Resume" or "See above", etc., are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.

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.

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Job Address

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