Choosing a career as a Firefighter is the beginning of a journey, which can lead to one of the most challenging, exciting and rewarding experiences of your life.
- Firefighting is inherently a dangerous occupation. Emergency calls may be a brush fire, structure fire, automobile accident or life-threatening medical emergency. All must be responded to with urgency and professionalism.
- Firefighting is very physically demanding. Firefighters carry 80-100 pounds of equipment such as hoses, axes, ladders, chain saws, extinguishers, and medical aid equipment to rescue victims and extinguish the flames. This may include climbing many flights of stairs while fully equipped. The Department provides time and equipment during your shift to maintain the expected level of fitness.
- Firefighters live one-third of their career life in a fire station, working shifts in 24-hour increments, 9 to 11 times per month. While on duty, firefighters live and sleep in dormitory style quarters.
- While not out on a call, firefighters must constantly work at keeping the station and equipment in excellent condition. Much of the firefighters' station time is spent maintaining living quarters, the fire station and the equipment.
A career in Firefighting can be a fulfilling experience offering you many advantages:
- Community Leader/Role Model
- Opportunity to Save and Change Lives
- Satisfaction of Succeeding in a Challenging and Rewarding Career
- Pride in Serving the People of your Community
- Be a Part of the Emergency Services Family
There are also many other excellent benefits including:
- Firefighter Base Monthly Salary Range From $3275 to $5,564
- Career Advancement Opportunities (Firefighter - Fire Chief)
- Desirable Work Schedule (Up to 21 days off per month)
- 11 Annual Paid Holidays
- 17 Days Annual Paid Vacation/Sick Leave
- Health/Dental Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Excellent Retirement Plans
- 401(k) Plan
- Deferred Compensation Plan
- City's Pension Plan
- Job Security