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Application Process:

1. Submit an application to Human Resources department during the application period. You may complete an interest card online at to be notified when applications are being accepted. No applications are accepted outside of the hiring period.

2. Candidate Physical Ability Test. Details of the test will be provided in advance

3. Recruitment examinations:

  • Comprehensive Examination Battery Test (measures skills needed for job performance including : cognitive ability, reading comprehension, and personal character traits).
  • Work Styles Inventory (measures traits for maintaining effective relations with co-workers and the public).

4. Pre-employment Interview.

5. Final pre-employment screening:

  • Medical "fit for duty" screening
  • Drug Screening
  • DMV screening
  • Criminal Record Check

Under immediate supervision of the company officer, employee performs responsibilities in both emergency and non-emergency situations such as: fire protection, public education programs, emergency medical services, rescue, and hazardous material response.

Provide basic life support procedures while responding on medical calls such as CPR, defibrillation, airway advancement, etc. Conduct rescue operations involving, but not limited to vehicles, high/low angle, confined space, water, structural collapse, and trench.

WSFD Job Description

Physical Characteristics

  • Lift, carry or move objects up to 75lbs.

  • Ability to drive departmental vehicles.

  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, run, crawl, jog, crouch, and kneel for short and long periods of time.

  • Ability to hear and speak well enough to communicate over the telephone, radio, and in person at distances up to 50ft over the noise of the equipment.

  • Physically fit enough to carry fire equipment as needed, walk over rough terrain, climb hills, load and unloa dvehicles, and work outdoors for long periods of time in all types of weather conditions and to safely wear and work in a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) without medical or physical restrictions.

  • Stamina to meet physical and mental demands during an extended emergency.

  • Ability to pass an annual NFPA 1582-compliant physical.

Firefighter Trainee Salary

Education Level Salary
No Degree $37,590.00
Associate Degree $39,469.50
Bachelor's Degree $41,349.00

Certified Firefighter Salary

Education Level Salary
No Degree $39,469.50
Associate Degree $41,442.98
Bachelor's Degree $43,416.45

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