Westbrook Fire & Rescue Department is HIRING
Application Period closes December 10, 2021
FULL TIME and Per-Diem Firefighter/EMT
*Full Time Hiring incentive of $5000.00 for licensed Paramedics*
The City of Westbrook, Fire & Rescue Department provides fire, EMS, technical rescue, and other emergency response to the citizenry of Westbrook and mutual aid communities. Additionally, the Fire Department provides confined space standby, public education, code enforcement, and ongoing training for our team’s licensure and aptitude. With an operating budget of nearly 4 million dollars, the department employs 45 sworn full-time firefighters, 25 per-diem firefighters, 10 call company firefighters. The annual call volume exceeds 4000 emergency service responses as well as hundreds of additional education, service, and fire prevention responses.
The Westbrook Fire & Rescue Department is comprised of dual-role career personnel who rotate their emergency duties between fire suppression apparatus and ambulances. Recruits are required to successfully graduate from a six to eight-week new hire drill school and are compensated during training. Drill school training covers multiple topics related to fire, EMS, and specialty rescue operations. Once complete candidates will move to 24 hours on/24 hour off/24 hour on/120 hour off rotation.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
We are willing to train a candidate with no previous fire or EMS experience if they are the best fit for our dynamic team. The ideal candidate understands a commitment to public service, desires to serve on a dedicated team, is willing to learn, and ultimately step outside their comfort zone to grow. Solid written and oral communication skills are important. The successful candidate exhibits empathy for others but can remain calm, confident, and competent in high-pressure situations. Most importantly we are searching for a candidate who can work in a strong team environment.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
This position requires a High School Diploma or GED, with a preference for an Associate or Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university with course work in emergency medical services, fire science, fire administration, business or public administration, or a related field
License or Certification:
- Must hold and maintain a valid Maine Driver’s license
- Must hold and maintain a valid Maine EMS license (Paramedic preferred)
- NFPA Firefighter I and II Certification (preferred but not required)
This position is subject to the following:
- Pre-employment medical screening
- Pre-employment psychological screening
- Pre-employment background and reference checks
- Pre-employment integrity testing
The Firefighter/EMS Provider Recruit testing process covers four areas;
- Physical Agility Test
- Written Exam
- Public Safety Commission Interview/Assessment Center
- Chief’s Interview
Physical Abilities Testing – What to Expect
Daily job duties of a firefighter demand a competent level of strength and conditioning. Applicants must pass a Physical Abilities Test (PAT). Testing consists of seven (7) job-related tasks that must be performed sequentially. This is a pass/fail test based on a maximum time of 5 minutes and 30 seconds. During the entire test, candidates must wear either an SCBA or a 50 lb weighted vest (simulating the weight of a firefighters protective clothing and SCBA). The seven timed tasks are:
- Hose Hoist
- Ladder Raise/Extension
- Roof Ventilation Simulation
- Attic Crawl
- Ladder Handling
- Hose Pull
- Dummy Drag
In addition to the seven job-related tasks, an applicant must also successfully ascend/descend the aerial and complete a claustrophobia test. These two tasks are pass/fail but are not timed.
This timed exam will measure both cognitive ability and non-cognitive (behavior orientation) and include verbal comprehension, verbal expression, problem sensitivity, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, information ordering, mathematical reasoning, stress tolerance, team orientation, and motivation/attitude. To successfully pass the written exam, applicants must have a minimum score of 70.
Study materials for candidates can be found at https://iosolutions.com/shop/?swoof=1&pa_examination=nfsi
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The starting wage range for career employees is between $833.42-$1,047.52 per week with additional education and training stipends. Lateral entry up to the 5-year step is available along with the opportunity for overtime. The starting wage range for per-diem employees is $14.28-$20.20 hourly.
Applicants for the Full-Time positions, holding a valid Maine Paramedic License are entitled to a $5000.00 dollar sign-on bonus to be distributed in two lump-sum payments.
A comprehensive benefits package for our career employees includes medical, dental, and life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous paid leave, tuition reimbursement at 75%, and longevity pay. The City participates in the Maine Public Employees Retirement Plan (MainePERS), Special Plan (66 2/3%), or defined 457 (ICMA) with City matching up to 6%.
Please apply by sending a cover letter and resume [email protected]
The City of Westbrook is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the workplace. Applicants selected as finalists for this position will be subject to a comprehensive background check.