The City of Racine Fire Department is accepting applications for the position of Firefighter. An eligibility list will be used to fill anticipated vacancies.
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Testing and interviews will be conducted as needed. Notification will go out to all eligible applicants 30 days in advance of a scheduled written test date.
Under the direction of the Company Officer or higher ranking fire personnel, the Firefighter is responsible for protecting the community from both non-emergency and emergency situations to include community risk reduction, firefighting, emergency medical services, technical rescue, hazardous materials, as well as maintain physical facilities and equipment in a state of readiness. The position of Firefighter is a highly skilled and technical position which involves extensive training and education to maintain and enhance knowledge, skills and abilities in accordance with department Standard Operating Procedures and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1001) Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications.
Duties include, but not limited to, the following:
- Comply with all department policies and procedures.
- Understand and apply concepts identified with the Racine Fire Department vision, mission and values.
- Able to read, write, listen and comprehend instructions, information or reports.
- Effectively communicate with department personnel, other City departments, and private citizens.
- Must be able to carry out orders and assignments in both non-emergency and emergency situations.
- Respond to all types of emergency incidents to provide; life safety, incident stabilization and property conservation.
- Meet all essential job functions requirements of NFPA Standards 1001 and 1500.
- Operate hand and specialized power tools and equipment while wearing personal protective equipment to suppress fires, rescue and extricate victims, administer advanced out of hospital emergency medical care to patients, control and contain hazardous materials releases, and perform various other tasks as assigned.
- Work to prevent emergency occurrence through participation in code enforcement, public education, and community risk reduction programs.
- Drive and operate all fire department apparatus and equipment upon successful completion of department certification process.
- Maintain department apparatus, fire stations and other department facilities, ground, and equipment as assigned.
- Read and study material to remain current on topics related to fire prevention and suppression, technical rescue, fire and life safety codes, and public safety education.
- Participate in various classroom and training programs to develop and maintain required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
- Attends external fire service related courses as approved by the Fire Chief.
- Promotes a positive atmosphere in all aspects of the department, one that helps one another and builds a team that works together for the common goal of professionalism and a high level of service to the people we serve.
- Must meet the requirements under NFPA 1500 and OSHA 1910.134 for wearing the department provided respirator.
- Maintain personal fitness consistent with performing all essential functions at a high level of safety and efficiency.
- Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
Minimum Education, Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions:
- Valid Driver's License
- 60 post high school credits from an accredited technical college or university.
- Wisconsin State Certified Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and Driver/Operator Pumper.
- Wisconsin licensed EMT-Basic or Paramedic. National Incident Management System (NIMS) Independent Study 100, 200, 700, 800.
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Wisconsin State Certified Driver/Operator Aerial, Emergency Services Instructor I, Fire Officer I and NIMS 300, 400 are highly desirable.
- Must learn policies and operational procedures of the Fire Department within probationary period.
- Must be competent in firefighting methods and techniques.
- Have knowledge of basic and advanced life support emergency care and CPR life - saving procedures.
- Apply hazardous material first responder operational level methods and techniques
- Demonstrate a high degree of mechanical aptitude.
- Be able to competently and safely operate all department hand tools and equipment.
- Must be competent and safely operate all department vehicles, learn the street locations and physical layout of the City and major traffic and fire hazards.
- Think and act quickly in emergencies.
- Work effectively as a member of a team.
- Understand and follow oral and written directions promptly and accurately.
- Effectively communicate orally with individuals or in a group setting.
- Must be able to learn through structured lectures in a classroom setting and through oral instruction in an on-the-job setting.
- Comprehend and make inferences from written material.
- Operate and enter data timely and accurately into a computer.
- Provide high quality written documentation and reports using proper grammar and punctuations.
- Must deal courteously and effectively with the public at all times.
- Must establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
THE RACINE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Established in 1843, the Racine Fire Department is one of the oldest fire departments in Wisconsin, rich in history and tradition. Today, as one of Wisconsin's busiest departments, RFD continues to strive for excellence and provide first-rate services to the citizens of Racine from six fire stations. The Racine Fire Department operates with 138 authorized sworn firefighter positions and a total Department staff of 141. The Racine Fire Department's goal is to protect and provide service above all else. Fire Protection is provided to the over 77,000 citizens of Racine. Racine firefighters are committed to providing the highest quality of courteous and responsive service through comprehensive strategies and training, including fire suppression, emergency medical care, community risk reduction, hazardous material response, technical rescue, and building inspections. The fire department and its employees are a critical component for the long-term health and safety of the people in the community.
These are entrance requirements to the competitive examination and do not assure a place on the eligible list. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications on or before the posted filing deadline in order to qualify.
TO QUALIFY, an applicant must have:
Working Environment and Physical Demands:
- Possess a valid Wisconsin Driver's License or eligible to be licensed in the State of Wisconsin
- 60 post high school credits
- Wisconsin State Certified Firefighter I, or the equivalent accredited fire certification
- Wisconsin State Certified Firefighter II, and Driver/Operator Pumper (successful completion required within 18-month probationary period)
- Wisconsin licensed EMT-Basic or Paramedic
- National Incident Management System (NIMS) Independent Study 100, 200, 700, 800
Work is performed in a variety of settings including fire stations, non-emergency and emergency scenes, emergency response vehicles; and work may involve off-duty recall for major emergencies. The environment ranges from routine to emergency settings with unusual modes of communications, extreme noise, discomfort and hazard. The emergency environment may require the performance of hazardous task under conditions that require strenuous exertion with limited visibility and the physical ability to utilize all protective turnout equipment including wearing self-contained breathing apparatus. Potential exposure to hazardous or toxic chemicals and gases, extremes in temperature, cramped surroundings, heights and infectious diseases.THE APPLICATION PROCESS
The following MUST be attached to your electronic application. Adobe PDF is the preferred format for these documents.
- Copy of your Wisconsin Firefighter 1 State Certification
- Copy of your EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic state license
- Copy of your National Incident Management System (NIMS) Independent Study 100, 200, 700, 800
- Copy of your Post High School transcript or Diploma showing successful completion of 60 post high school credits
- Copy of your valid Driver's License
- Copy of any additional supporting documentation.
All applicants must submit a certified original copy of their post high school credits showing completion of 60 post high school credits at a certified technical school, college, or university. This documentation may be mailed or dropped off at the City of Racine Human Resources Office, 730 Washington Avenue, Room 204, Racine, WI 53403.THE SELECTION PROCESS Written Examination -
The written examination takes place at Gateway Technical College.Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) -
will be administered by the West Allis Fire Department. Information on the CPAT testing dates will be forwarded to candidates who successfully pass the written exam. The CPAT exam will consist of demonstrating the physical abilities of the candidate. As part of the CPAT you will be required to successfully complete the test in the appropriate time frame. Tasks performed stair climb, hose drag, equipment carry ladder raise & extension, forcible entry, search, rescue and ceiling breach & pull. The candidate's success is measured on a pass/fail basis. If the candidate has a VALID CPAT test certificate that is LESS THAN one-year-old from the date of the scheduled CPAT test that will be accepted and the candidate will NOT need to retest.Initial Panel Interview
- candidates who successfully pass the written examination and CPAT may be subject to an initial panel interview conducted by Racine Fire Department personnel.Background Checks
- Background checks may be conducted at any time during the application process. Candidates who successfully pass the written exam, CPAT, initial panel interview, and successfully complete a background check may advance to the oral interview process with the Racine Police and Fire Commission.Police and Fire Commission Interview -
selected candidates are subject to a final interview with members of the Police and Fire Commission and Chief Officers of the Racine Fire Department.Medical Exam Prior to employment
- successful candidates will be required to pass a comprehensive medical exam along with drug and alcohol screening.
The following documents may be requested during the process: Birth Certificate and/or DD214 if you are a military veteran.EOE
We welcome applicants of any race, gender, religion, ancestry or disability. For more information, please refer to our Career Opportunities web page on the City of Racine web site.
Should you need a special accommodation due to a qualifying disability, please contact the Human Resources Department at 262-636-9475 in advance of the examination.
Immediate and future vacancies may be filled from this eligible list. Future recruitments will take place on an as needed basis.
City Employee Benefits - 2020
* Health Insurance
o High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) - 92.5% of the Premium is paid by the City of Racine - either single or family. Monthly employee share is $51.13 for Single and $134.99 for Family
o UnitedHealthcare administers the Preferred Provider Option Plan with a wide selection of providers throughout the United States.
o $3,000/$6,000 annual deductible for single/family (embedded) (In-Network)
o $4,000/$8,000 annual maximum out-of-pocket single/family (In-Network)
o $200 co-pay for emergency room, waived if admitted to the facility
o CVS Caremark Prescription Plan
o Payment of $50 per month to employees who waive health coverage
o Upon retirement coverage continues until the federal retirement age
* Health Savings Account (H.S.A.)
o A Health Savings Account (H.S.A.) is a tax beneficial savings account that can be used in conjunction with a qualified High - Deductible Health Plan. The funds put into an H.S.A. may be used on future, eligible health care expenses without any taxation. The City makes a prorated, one-time contribution to an employee's Health Savings Account, with the amount of the contribution determined at the time of hire.
* Life Insurance
o City provides one unit equal to your annual earnings
o Employee may buy additional insurance - each unit is equal to your annual earnings.
o Maximum additional life insurance is four units
o Cost depends on age and annual salary
o Spouse and Dependent Life Insurance is available - maximum coverage is $20,000 for spouse and $10,000 for dependents, cost is $3.50 per month or half for $1.75/month
o Wisconsin Retirement System, the contribution rate for 2020 is 13.5% Funded 50% by the City of Racine and 50% by the employee
o 10 days as of January 1st the year following your start date
o Some time may be earned in your first year depending on your start date
o 12 paid holidays, 11 scheduled and (1 floating - after 6 months)
o You must be employed for 30 days before being eligible for holiday pay
* Sick Leave
o Accrues at the rate of 1 day per full month worked.
o You are eligible for paid sick time after you complete six full months
* Dental Insurance
o MetLife, two options. Employee pays the premium with pre-tax dollars
o The City of Racine pays for the Basic Employee premium if you have the health insurance.
* Vision Insurance
o Superior Vision, one option. Employees pay the premium with pre-tax dollars
* Flex Plans
o Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts by UnitedHealthcare if you do not take the HSA account.
* Deferred Compensation
o Provided through Nationwide, Security Benefit or Wisconsin Deferred Comp.
o Funded by payroll deduction with pre-tax dollars
o Maximum contribution for anyone under 50 is the lesser of $19,500 or 100% of gross income
* Supplemental Insurance
o Provided through AFLAC Funded by payroll deduction
o Accident, Short Term Disability, & Cancer policies are available
* Tuition Reimbursement
o $1,000 per year, or 80% of the employee's total tuition cost, whichever is lower.
* Wellness Incentive
o Employees, spouses, and retirees covered by the City health insurance plan who complete the Wellness Incentive requirements are eligible to receive $200, spouses receive $100.
* Fitness Reimbursement
o The City of Racine will reimburse full-time employees, retirees, spouses or retiree spouses (that carry City of Racine health insurance) for 50% of the annual membership fee for a fitness center membership, exercise program (i.e. Spin, Jazzercise) or weight reduction program (WW, Medical Weight Loss & Wellness, Inc. and Jenny Craig) up to a maximum of $200 per employee/retiree/spouse per household.