Website North Whatcom Fire and Rescue

Position Title: Entry Level Firefighter/ Lateral Firefighter

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue is currently hiring for Entry Level and/or Lateral Firefighter. All entry level candidates must complete the FireTEAM exam and CPAT through National Testing Network. All entry level candidates must also complete the Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) and the Public Safety Self-Assessment (PSSA) located in your candidate profile on National Testing Network by March 1, 2024.

The FireTEAM exam is waived for Lateral candidates. All lateral candidates must have a current CPAT passing score.

2024 Salary Information:

Entry Level $6,866.00 – $8,691.00 (Entry level – Journeyman)
Lateral $7,648.00 – $8,691.00 (2nd year FF – Journeyman)

2024 Salary Information:  Based on 2023-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement: Appendix A.

Benefit Information: Medical, dental, vision benefits; Life Insurance & ADD; MERP; LEOFF2 Retirement; Employer contribution Washington State Deferred Compensation Plan; Education Incentive; Longevity Incentive; Paid vacation and sick leave.

Candidate Contact Person:
Kelly Freeman – Human Resources
[email protected]

Department Overview: North Whatcom Fire and Rescue serves 182 square miles in the north end of Whatcom County consisting of the City of Blaine, Birch Bay, the surrounding areas of the City of Lynden, and south to boundaries of the City of Bellingham.  NWFR is a primarily career department with the addition of limited volunteers, a tender group and rehab group.  North Whatcom Fire and Rescue line personnel are represented by IAFF Local 106.

City/ County/ Area Information: Whatcom County lies in the furthest northwest corner of both the State of Washington and the continental United States.  It is bordered on the north by the Canadian border, on the east by Okanogan County, on the south by Skagit County and on the west by the Strait of Georgia and Bellingham Bay.  These borders enclose large parts of the Mount Baker National Forest and the North Cascades National Park, which comprise about 2/3rds of Whatcom County’s total area.  All but a few residents live in the western third of the county.  Cities of Whatcom County include Bellingham, Blaine, Everson, Ferndale, Lynden, Nooksack and Sumas.  The communities of Whatcom County reflect the region’s geographical diversity, rich natural resources and unique historical and cultural character.

Population: 45,000

Job Requirements

Age : 21

Citizenship Required : Yes; Permanent Resident Alien status also considered; Must live in the USA.

High School Grad/GED : Yes

Valid WASHINGTON Driver’s License : Yes

Ability to Read/Speak English : Yes

Vision : Corrected to 20/20 vision

College : Preferred

Academy Certification: Preferred

Necessary Certifications:
Entry Level: Current WA State or National Registry EMT Certification.
Lateral: Current WA State or National Registry EMT Certification, IFSAC FF1, FF2, Hazmat Ops.

Additional Requirements: Passing score on CPAT.
Lateral: Two years paid municipal or fire district experience in LEOFF 2 system.

Entry Level Hiring Process: Qualified candidates will complete the NTN written exam with a 75% or higher score. Interview process will consist of a speed interview, oral board interview and Chief’s interview. All candidates must have a current WA state or National Registry EMT license and have a current passing score on CPAT. Candidates invited to the oral board interviews must complete the PHQ by a given date prior to their interview.

Lateral Hiring Process: Qualified candidates will send completed North Whatcom Fire and Rescue application and supporting documents to the below address. Interview process will consist of a speed interview, oral board interview and Chief’s interview. All candidates must have a current WA state or National Registry EMT license, IFSAC FF1, IFSAC FF2, Hazmat Ops and have a current passing score on CPAT.

Lateral: Please send completed North Whatcom Fire and Rescue application found at www.nwfrs.com, along with resume, cover letter and required certifications to:

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue
Attention: Human Resources
PO Box 286
Lynden WA 98264-0286

Automatic Disqualifiers:

Driving: DUI, reckless driving, hit & run; suspension of driver’s license within the past 5 years; two or more moving violations in the past 5 years.

Drug usage: Must pass drug and alcohol screening at time of hire.

Criminal activity: Any adult felony conviction; juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.

Employment: Lied during any stage of the hiring process; one or more terminations or leaving employer in lieu of termination.

Financial: Failure to pay income tax or child support.

To apply for this job email your details to kfreeman@nwfrs.com