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3030 78th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206.275.7607
Fax: 206.275.7970
Email: mi_fire@mercergov.. . .
Hours: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Daily
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Mercer Island Fire Department participates in a regional firefighting testing process.  With the cities of Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Bothell, Northshore, Shoreline, and Woodinville Fire & Life Safety, these agencies conduct a joint entrance examination process approximately every 18 to 24 months.

The initial testing process consists of a written examination; physical agility; a personality profile, and an oral board interview. Testing of final candidates includes background checks, psychological examination, State medical examination, and an interview with the Chief. There may be other elements that are agency specific.

For more information about the testing process and dates of upcoming exams, visit the
testing web site at PublicSafetyTesting.com.

 


 

Employment Details

 

The Mercer Island Fire Department is a progressive fire agency that exemplifies professionalism and service to the community. The department employs 28 firefighters in the suppression ranks, who serve a unique community with a population of 22,000. The department offers many opportunities to its staff.

 

Salary Information:

 

  • Starting $68,143 annually.
  • Top Firefighter $96,116 (Includes longevity pay) annually.

 

Benefits:

 

Work Hours

Firefighters are assigned to a platoon, working a 48/96 schedule.

 

Uniforms

Each firefighter is provided with full uniforms and equipment.

 

Insurance

The City pays 100% of a firefighterís medical and dental premiums, and 90% of qualified family memberís premiums.

 

Vacation

Starting, 5 paid shifts per year.

 

Holiday

5 paid shifts per year - 1 shift per quarter.

 

Sick Leave

Earn 20 hours per month.

 

Retirement:

Firefighters are enrolled in the State Retirement Plan (Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters). A deferred compensation plan is also available.

 

Qualifications:

 

  • High School diploma, GED, or equivalent.
  • AA degree or equivalent hours, at time of written test.
  • 18 years of age by the date the written exam is given (no exceptions).
  • Ability to perform the physically demanding functions of the job.
  • Ability to meet minimum medical standards after a job offer is made.
  • Ability to pass a background investigation prior to being hired.
  • Ability to work 24 hour shifts, or a regular 40 hour work week when assigned, and be prepared to respond at any time.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to read a map.
  • Ability to deal with people in a compassionate, friendly and effective manner under stress and unpleasant conditions.
  • Ability to learn to operate a pager or radio.
  • Ability to take emergency as well as business telephone calls, record information accurately, and respond to customer needs.
  • Ability to meet performance and regulatory standards.
  • Ability to operate equipment safely and work with basic mechanical tools.
  • Ability to learn to operate a computer.
  • A valid Washington Stateís Drivers License, or ability to obtain a license as needed.
  • Ability to meet driving record requirements.
  • US Citizen or documentation of ability to work in the United States (may vary in accordance with Civil Service rules for each jurisdiction).

 

Selection Process

 

  • Complete application materials.
  • Pass the written test.
  • Pass the physical agility test.
  • Undergo a thorough background investigation, to include a polygraph test and psychological evaluation.
  • Participate in an oral interview.
  • Undergo a medical examination, to include drug screening.

 


 

Are you interested in a career in the fire service?

If you have been considering or are actively pursuing a career as a firefighter, now is your opportunity to test with several jurisdictions at one time, complete one application form, pay only one application fee and be eligible to be hired by any one of the participating agencies you have selected.

 

 

Where Can I Get An Application?

 

You may apply online at PublicSafetyTesting.com.

 

 

How Do I Turn In My Application?

 

Please see the Application Process for submission instructions and associated fees.

 

 

What is the Job of a Firefighter?

 

Firefighters perform a complete range of fire fighting activities and operate all fire department equipment, tools, and apparatus to protect life and property and to deliver certified emergency medical services at the EMT level. Work is performed under the direction of a commanding officer in accordance with specified policies, procedures, and practices learned on the job and often performed under unpleasant, stressful and/or hazardous conditions. Work may frequently require the performance of extremely physically demanding tasks for extended periods. In addition to emergency response duties, firefighters will spend substantial amounts of time engaging in supervised fire fighting, EMT and other applicable training; routine inspection, testing, cleaning and maintenance of equipment, apparatus, and facilities; conducting fire and life safety inspections; and other duties as may be assigned.

 

 

What are the Qualifications for an Entry Level Firefighter?

  • High School diploma, GED, or equivalent.
  • A degree or equivalent hours at time of written exam.
  • 18 years of age by the date the written exam is given (no exceptions).
  • Ability to perform the physically demanding functions of the job.
  • Ability to meet minimum medical standards after a job offer is made.
  • Ability to pass a background investigation prior to being hired.
  • Ability to work 24 hour shifts, or a regular 40 hour work week when assigned, and be prepared to respond at any time.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to read a map.
  • Ability to deal with people in a compassionate, friendly and effective manner under stress and unpleasant conditions.
  • Ability to learn to operate a pager or radio.
  • Ability to take emergency as well as business telephone calls, record information accurately, and respond to customer needs.
  • Ability to meet performance and regulatory standards.
  • Ability to operate equipment safely and work with basic mechanical tools.
  • Ability to learn to operate a computer.
  • A valid Washington Stateís Drivers License, or ability to obtain a license as needed.
  • Ability to meet driving record requirements.
  • US Citizen or documentation of ability to work in the United States (may vary in accordance with Civil Service rules for each jurisdiction).

If you meet all of these criteria and are interested in becoming a firefighter, contact one of the agencies listed on this announcement to obtain an application packet.

 

 

When is the Written Test?

 

Dates: The initial testing process is administered by PublicSafetyTesting.com. Testing dates are posted on their website.  See PublicSafetyTesting.com for more details.

 

 

If I pass the Written Test, What Happens Next?

 

Candidates may be invited to the physical agility portion of the process.  This is a PASS/FAIL testing process.  Please visit PublicSafetyTesting.com for further information

 

 

What Does "Making it to the Roster" Mean?

 

If you pass the written test and the physical ability test, you will be placed on the Roster from which all participating agencies may hire entry level firefighters. All candidates will be ranked on the Roster according to their written test score. Please visit PublicSafetyTesting.com for further information.

 

 

How Will The Agencies Hire From This Roster?

 

When an agency has an opening, they will contact the Roster administrator to obtain a certain number of candidate names and applications according to their Civil Service rules or other applicable rules. If your name is on the roster of names distributed to one of the eight agencies, you may be invited to participate in an oral board interview with that agency. You may be contacted by more than one agency, and you may be offered more than one job. Once you have accepted a job offer from one of the eight agencies, your name will be removed from the Roster to let the other agencies know you are no longer available.

 

 

Will I Find Out My Ranking on the Roster?

 

You will not be notified of your ranking on the list unless we have an open position.  If you have questions, please contact Human Resources at 206-275-7794.

 

 

I have additional questions, who can answer those?

 

Please visit PublicSafetyTesting.com for further information.

 

 

All agencies are equal opportunity employers

 

Americans with Disability Act accommodations can be made upon request, reasonable accommodations will be made as required by law.



 

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