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NWFR ENTRY LEVEL FIREFIGHTER POSITION

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Entry Level Firefighter.  Candidates must have a valid CPAT, valid EMT-B (WA state or NREMT), WA state driver’s license and be 21 years of age.

The 2022 salary starts at $5,270.09/month (0-6 months) – $7,842.40 (Journeyman).  The 2023 salary is currently being negotiated.  The current CBA is in negotiations and will be in effect in January 2023.

National Testing Network will conduct the initial testing of our candidates, please visit their website www.nationaltestingnetwork.com to complete you application.   Please contact Kelly Freeman in Human Resources at kfreeman@nwfrs.com  for further questions.    Testing must be completed by Friday October 21, 2022 @1600. 

NWFR LATERAL FIREFIGHTER POSITION

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Lateral Firefighter.  Candidates must have a valid CPAT, IFSAC Firefighter 1 & 2, valid EMT-B (WA state or NREMT), WA state driver’s license and be 21 years of age.   Lateral candidates must have two years of paid municipal or fire district experience.    Paid experience is qualified as having current IAFF membership or current enrollment in the LEOFF2 retirement system.

The 2022 salary range is $6,509.19/month – $7,842.40/month depending on experience.  The 2023 salary is currently being negotiated.  Vacation accrual will be based on years enrolled in the LEOFF2 system.    The current CBA is in in negotiations and will be in effect January 2023.

Lateral applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume, district application and current CPAT card.  Please contact Kelly Freeman in Human Resources at kfreeman@nwfrs.com for further questions.  Applications are due by Friday October 21, 2022 @ 1600. 

Interested in becoming a volunteer with NWFRS?

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Becoming a volunteer is a huge commitment, both in time and energy.  But the rewards are great too – hands-on training, community involvement and station camaraderie are only a few of those rewards.

Tender Support

People in this role support the operations of the department by driving and operating a water tender in training and to and from fire scenes.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 21 Years Old
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent

Rehab Support

Rehabilitation is a part of the district’s health and safety program, as a proper incident rehab program can help reduce adverse events to the health of the firefighters operating the scene.

Firefighter rehabilitation is the process of providing rest, rehydration, nourishment and medical evaluation to members who are involved in extended or extreme incident scene operations. The goal of rehab is to allow responders return to a state of readiness to operate safely.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 21 Years Old
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Current First Aid / CPR / AED

If you possess the minimum qualifications and decide you would like to continue on the path of becoming a volunteer firefighter, tender operator or rehab support below is what the screening process will look like.  Keep in mind that you must be successful in each category before continuing on to the next step.

    • Application
    • Background Check
    • Ride a Long
    • Physical Ability Test (PAT) or state recognized Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) (firefighter only)
    • Oral Board Interview
    • Driver’s Abstract
    • Drug Screening
    • Medical Physical Exam

If you MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS and are interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter, tender operator or rehab support,  please fill out the volunteer interest form below.