Firefighter Recruitment Application

FIREFIGHTER

Job Classification: Firefighter (Full-Time)

Beginning October 4, 2017 Golder Ranch Fire District is recruiting for the position of full-time firefighter. Candidates must complete the FireTeam Test and a validated CPAT through National Testing Network (NTN) as well as the Golder Ranch Fire District Employment Application by 12:00PM MST on November 3, 2017. Only CPAT from NTN will be accepted.

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FIREFIGHTER JOB DESCRIPTION PRIMARY FUNCTION

The primary function of the firefighter is to respond to fire, medical, and other emergent and non-emergent alarms. Individuals in this position often perform under conditions which require strenuous physical exertion. Major elements of the firefighter’s job responsibilities include participation in supervised drills and training in firefighting and EMS skills. Other elements include: routine maintenance of equipment and apparatus, routine care of buildings and grounds, as well as public education activities. On occasion, employees in this classification may be responsible for the management of all company programs and the supervision of assigned fire companies and equipment at the scene of the fire until relieved of command by an officer of higher rank.

PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responds to fire, medical, and other emergent and non-emergent calls
  • Performs fire code enforcement duties and public safety education
  • Performs all activities necessary to suppress and extinguish fires
  • Removes individuals from dangerous or hazardous situations
  • Identifies emergency medical problems and performs prescribed treatment as outlined by established protocol based on certification level
  • Maintains fire station and grounds, apparatus assigned to the District, and other related emergency equipment
  • Conducts pre-fire planning surveys and orientation
  • Drives and operates select emergency apparatus
  • Operates fire pumps, water tankers, and other specialized apparatus/tools
  • Makes minor repairs and adjustments to equipment
  • Participates in PAT, as outlined in the district SOPs Attends training sessions and drills
  • Performs other assigned duties
  • Completes certification process as set forth by the EMS Division, Base Hospital, and Arizona Department of Health Services
  • Complies with rules, policies and procedures set forth by the District, Base Hospital, and Arizona Department of Health Services

SALARY INFORMATION

Firefighter (EMT certified) Fire-Medic
Estimated Starting Annual Salary: $45,218.63 Estimated Starting Annual Salary: $50,218.63
Wage during academy: ~40hr/work week $21.74/hr Wage during academy: ~40hr/work week $24.14/hr
Wage upon assignment to suppression schedule: ~56hr/work week $15.12/hr Wage upon assignment to suppression schedule: ~56hr/work week $16.80/hr

The Firefighter Academy is a 40 hours/week work schedule which may last up to 15 weeks (number of days and length of days will be based upon district needs). Upon the successful completion of the Firefighter Academy, candidate status will change from recruit firefighter (40 hours/week work schedule) to probationary firefighter (56 hours/week work schedule).

BENEFIT INFORMATION

Retirement: The district’s suppression personnel participate in the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS). Health Benefits: The district’s medical coverage is provided through Blue Cross Blue Shield AZ PPO option with two plan types available – High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA) or a traditional co-pay plan. Dental coverage includes a high and low PPO plan options. Other Golder Ranch Fire District sponsored benefits include: life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment plan, long-term disability, cancer insurance, and Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Voluntary: vision, accidental, and supplemental life insurance benefits are also offered.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Must possess a current Arizona State EMCT certification, EMT or paramedic level, on date of application.
    - NOTE: National Registry certification or other State EMCT certification will NOT be accepted as an equivalent.
  • Current healthcare provider or professional level CPR certification (and ACLS and PALS for CEPs).
    - NOTE: CPR cert/card MUST be issued by one of the following certifying agencies: AHA, ARC, NSC, ASHI, ECSI.
    - CAUTION: HeartSaver CPR does NOT meet the requirement.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid Arizona driver’s license with a good driving record upon offer of employment.
    - NOTE: Must possess a valid driver’s license Class D (as defined by Arizona Department of Transportation – Motor Vehicle Division) from any state and an acceptable driving record. Applicant must obtain an Arizona state license upon offer of employment.
    Definitions:

  1. Acceptable Driving Record: means that the driving record of the employee has 3 points or less for the previous 12 months, or 16 points or less for the previous 36 months (as defined by the Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division [MVDJ).
  2. Valid: means that an individual’s current driver’s license is not expired, refused, cancelled, revoked, suspended, or restricted.

APPLICATION AND TESTING PROCESS

STEP 1

FireTEAM Application, Testing, and CPAT: Deadline 12:00PM MST Friday, November 3, 2017.
The Golder Ranch Fire District WILL NOT be conducting its own FireTEAM Testing or CPAT during this recruitment process – these portions are conducted by the National Testing Network(NTN).The District is not responsible for delayed or unavailable testing results or for an applicant’s inability to complete the required testing due to the availability of testing services. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to complete the required examinations as early as possible. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm test dates and times, as well as pre-register for testing by contacting NTN support here. Any costs associated with taking examinations are the responsibility of the applicant. Financial assistance may be available through NTN. Please contact NTN or view their website for more information. If the candidate is hired as a firefighter for the Golder Ranch Fire District Academy, the FireTEAM testing cost of $40 and CPAT expense of $125 will be reimbursed by the District. Candidates must achieve a passing score on the FireTEAM Test and possess a valid CPAT to be considered for the remainder of the selection process. Only NTN CPATs will be accepted. In order for an applicant to be eligible for consideration to proceed through the assessment and selection process, CPATs via NTN must be completed by 12:00pm November 3, 2017. Previous successful completion of the Fire TEAM must have been within twelve (12) months of the November 3, 2017 closing date. FireTEAM results older than November 3,2016 will not be accepted. Previous successful completion of the CPAT via NTN must have been within six (6) months of the November 3, 2017 closing date. CPATs older than May 4, 2017 will not be accepted.

STEP 2

GRFD Employment Application & Proof of Documents Requirement: Deadline 12:00PM MST Friday, November 3, 2017.
In order for an applicant to be eligible for consideration to proceed through the assessment and selection process, it is the responsibility of the candidate to submit a COMPLETE application packet to the District through the ADP Site no later than Friday, November 3, 2017.

A complete application packet is defined as:

  1. GRFD employment application (completion of EEO form optional)
  2. Copies of:
    • Required: Must possess a current Arizona State EMCT certification, EMT or paramedic level, on date of application. NOTE: National Registry certification or other State EMCT certification will not be accepted as an equivalent.
    • Required: Current healthcare provider or professional level CPR certification (and ACLS and PALS for CEPs). NOTE: CPR cert/card MUST be issued by one of the following certifying agencies: AHA, ARC, NSC, ASHI, ECSI. Caution: Heartsaver CPR card does not meet requirement.

    It is the candidate’s responsibility to provide copies and these will not be returned to the candidate. Please do not include additional certifications or documents at this time.
    NOTE: Failure to provide copies of ALL required documentation at the time the ADP application is submitted will result in immediate disqualification from the selection process.

If you encounter any issues or have questions during the GRFD Application Process through the ADP Website, click here and submit the form no later than 5:00PM MST Wednesday, November 1, 2017 with your specific issue. A member of our staff will respond as soon as possible the following business day.

Click HERE to begin the GRFD Application through the ADP Website.

Click HERE for ADP Application instructions.

SELECTION PROCESS

Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of the position, attain a passing score on the FireTEAM test, and successfully pass the NTN CPAT to be considered
for the next phase of the selection process. Those candidates being considered for the next phase(s) of the selection process will have their practical skills assessment and oral board interview date and time posted on this page by 5:00pm MST on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 utilizing the candidate’s first two letters of his/her last name and the last four digits of his/her social security number (i.e., Aguilar xxx-xx-2345 = AG2345). Those candidates not listed will not move forward in the selection process. The remainder of the selection process will include practical skills assessment, oral board interview, and management interview.

Dates of Selection Process:
The practical skills assessment and oral board interviews will take place during the week of November 13-17, 2017 at the GRFD Training Center. Those candidatesbeingconsideredforthenextphase(s)oftheselectionprocess(managementinterview)willhavetheirinterview date and timepostedon thispageby 5:00pm MST on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 utilizing the candidate’s first two letters of his/her last name and the last four digits of his/her social security number (i.e., Aguilar xxx-xx-2345 = AG2345). Those candidates not listed will not move forward in the selection process. Management interviews for selected candidates will be held during the week of November 27- December 1, 2017.

SCORING:
The Written Test score, Oral Board Interview score and Preference Points will be combined to establish each candidate’s final examination grade. Considering the number of vacancies to be filled, the Fire Chief or his designee will exercise discretion in determining the appropriate number of management interviews to be scheduled. Candidate’s will be invited to interview based upon their final examination grade. The Fire Chief or his designee will make the final determination of job offers to be extended.

Preference Points defined

  • The District will apply civil service preference points for veterans pursuant to ARS 38-492.

The Golder Ranch Fire District Human Resources Department will notify, via a phone call, the final top candidates who have been selected to participate in the Firefighter Academy tentatively scheduled to begin January 15, 2018 (Firefighter academy may last up to 15 weeks). All others will be notified by USPS mail or email.

REASONABLE ACCOMODATION REQUEST:
Applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this process must contact Human Resources at (520) 825-9001 no later than November 3, 2017.

DISTRICT OVERVIEW

The Golder Ranch Fire District was created in 1977 by a vote of the residents in the area. The homeowners wanted to have a voice in their fire and medical care and at the same time, monitor costs. Today the District serves a 240 square mile area with a population of nearly 90,000 residents. The District employs approximately 250 full time employees and staffs ten (10) strategically located fire stations. The Golder Ranch Fire District also has specialized teams that include a hazardous material team, technical rescue teams for swift water, confined space and rugged terrain rescues, and a wildland team to assist in controlling fires that occur where developed and undeveloped areas interface, and in other non-urban areas. The District proudly serves the communities of Oro Valley, Catalina, SaddleBrooke, northern Pima County, and southern Pinal County. Governed by an elected five-member, non-partisan board elected at large by the voters of the District. The District is funded through secondary property taxes based upon assessed property value. The Golder Ranch Fire District is led by Randy Karrer. He is a progressive leader who works to ensure the community receives the best fire, emergency medical, and prevention services possible.

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