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The City of Everett is accepting applications on an open/competitive basis for the civil service examination for EXPERIENCED FIREFIGHTER.  This is general duty firefighting work performing emergency and non-emergency tasks in the areas of fire suppression, hazardous materials, technical rescue, fire prevention, emergency or disaster preparedness, as well as responding to emergency medical calls and performing skilled Basic Life Support (BLS).  The City of Everett employs six (6) engine companies (one swing engine), two (2) ladder companies (1 swing ladder), three (3) ALS medic units and four (4) BLS Aid units.  There are six (6) fire stations located throughout the city.  There are currently 180 uniformed firefighters employed.  In 2022 the Department was dispatched to approximately 27,500 incidents, about 23,000 being EMS incidents.  The ranked eligible register established from this examination process will be used to fill all vacancies in this job class until the register expires in 12 months or is depleted.   In addition, entry into this classification through an open/continuous basis is subject to a twelve (12) month probationary period. Successful candidates shall be subject to an extensive background to include a Washington State Patrol background inquiry pursuant to RCW 43.43.832.  Hiring offers are contingent upon successful completion of a CPAT, LEOFF medical evaluation, and medical history review, which includes drug testing, and a psychological evaluation is a condition of employment. This job classification is represented by the Everett Firefighters Union, IAFF Local 46.

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This is general duty firefighting work, performing emergency and non-emergency tasks in the areas of fire suppression, hazardous materials, technical rescue, fire prevention, emergency or disaster preparedness, as well as responding to emergency medical calls and performing skilled Basic Life Support (BLS).

Under the supervision of a Company Officer, Firefighters are responsible for responding to a variety of fire calls that involve firefighting, fire prevention, and emergency medical assistance.   The work also involves responding to and dealing with manmade and natural disasters that pose a threat to public safety.  Incumbents often work in unpleasant, stressful, and hazardous conditions that generally require strenuous physical exertion for extended periods of time.  Workplace hazards may also include emergency driving situations, exposure to chemicals, bloodborne and airborne pathogens, smoke, fumes, gases, extreme heat, working on ladders, and working in fire-induced weakened structures. Firefighters may also spend substantial amounts of time engaged in the routine inspection, cleaning, and maintenance of equipment, apparatus, and quarters, and in supervised firefighting, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), or other related training. The work is performed according to detailed oral and/or written instructions and to specified policies, procedures, and practices learned on the job.  Work methods and results are subject to continual inspection for accuracy and conformance to established departmental policies, procedures, and certification requirements.  Field performance reviews may be required.


The following knowledge, skills and abilities are critical to successful performance in this classification:

Knowledge of:

  • Cope with situations firmly, courteously, tactfully, and with respect for the rights of all citizens.
  • Provide high-quality customer service when serving the public.
  • Drive emergency vehicles safely and satisfactorily.
  • Work effectively as a team member.
  • Perform assigned tasks with integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness.
  • Learn about the principles, practices, and techniques of firefighting.
  • Work safely and in compliance with federal and state laws, and City policies, laws, and standards.
  • Work within a command structure requiring adherence to orders.
  • Apply interpersonal skills using tact, patience, courtesy, composure, and good judgment.

Skills and abilities:

  • Maintain a work environment free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
  • Work independently when appropriate.
  • Multi-task.
  • Be discreet and maintain a high degree of confidentiality, accountability, responsibility, and accuracy.
  • Use departmental computers and related software applications.
  • Read, write, and speak the English language with sufficient proficiency to communicate effectively in person, over fire radios, and through written reports.
  • Act in the capacity of a Firefighter Driver in an emergency or to move a fire apparatus in a non-code situation.
  • Work effectively in a hazardous and/or unpleasant environment.
  • Understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.
  • Utilize deductive reasoning to make critical decisions.
  • Maintain composure and self-control under adverse conditions.
  • Maintain physical ability required to perform demanding tasks and to perform effectively in critical emergency situations.
  • Support diversity and multi-cultural understanding in the workplace and the community.


All applicants must have:

  • Minimum of one-year verifiable experience as a volunteer or career firefighter within the previous two years.
  • Current Firefighter 1, Hazardous Materials Awareness, and Hazardous Materials Operations certifications meeting IFSAC or Pro Board standards.
  • Possession of a current State of Washington certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) and maintain such certification for the duration of employment.
  • Excellent physical condition.
  • U.S. Citizenship or a lawful permanent resident.
  • Requires high school diploma or equivalency.
  • Attainment of the age of 21 years by date of hire.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire, a Washington State Driver License and maintain such license for the duration of employment.
  • Final Candidates must submit a CPAT prior to chief’s interview.
  • Submission to a thorough background check; psychological, physical, and medical check; employment reference check; and verification of all applicable certifications.
  • Successfully complete and maintain Emergency Vehicle Incident Prevention (EVIP) qualifications after hire.
  • New employees must participate in the requirements of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) program and successfully complete Fire Protection Strategy and Tactics, Fire Protection Systems, Fire Protection Hydraulics, Building Construction, and Fire Protection Codes within 3 years.


The screening process will consist of a supplemental questionnaire, weighted 20%.  A limited number of the top-qualifying applicants will be invited to an oral panel review weighted 80% tentatively scheduled for April 26 and 27, 2023.  Candidates must score a 70.00 on all elements of the testing process in order to be placed on the eligibility list.


Application materials may be accessed via  Completed applications must be submitted through the City’s online application system by 5:00 p.m. on March 22, 2023 to be considered.  LATE, INCOMPLETE, FAXED, OR EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

FILING OPENS: March 2, 2023

FILING CLOSES: March 22, 2023


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