Lateral Firefighter

City of Kirkland - Kirkland, WA, Washington

May 6, 2022

Application Deadline:
Jul 31, 2022

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$77,763.70 - $105,088.80 annual

Job Description

Job Summary

Responsible for performing general firefighting and emergency medical care at fire and disaster scenes.

Essential Duties

  • Responds to fire alarms with a company; lays and connects hose, holds nozzles and directs water stream; raises and climbs ladders; uses chemical extinguishers, bars, hooks, lines, and other equipment.
  • Drives fire apparatus; operates pumps, and other auxiliary fire apparatus.
  • Ventilates burning buildings by opening windows and skylights or cutting holes in roofs and floors.
  • Removes persons from danger and administers emergency care to injured or ill persons.
  • Performs general maintenance work in the upkeep of department property, cleans and washes walls and floors, cares for grounds around station; makes minor repairs, washes, hangs and dries hose; washes, cleans, polishes, maintains and tests apparatus and equipment.
  • Performs salvage and overhaul operations such as throwing salvage covers, sweeping water and removing debris.
  • Participates in fire drills and attends classes in firefighting and emergency medical care.
  • Inspects buildings to determine fire hazards.
  • Performs other work as assigned.
  • Writes and maintains accurate reports.
  • At higher level of Firefighter, instructs job skills to others.
  • May be required to perform duties as a disaster worker in the event of a disaster affecting the City of Kirkland. This may require returning to work during off-hours or remaining at work past normal work hours.

Peripheral Duties

  • Performs administrative and/or technical support tasks for Fire Administration such as computer data entry, maintaining maps, researching programs and issues, and other related support tasks.
  • Instructs the public in fire and emergency medical safety.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a working knowledge of fire suppression techniques.
  • Ability to perform prolonged and arduous work under adverse conditions and to maintain an adequate level of physical fitness at all times.
  • Ability to achieve and maintain certified status as an Emergency Medical Technician. Firefighter V must maintain defibrillation certification.
  • Ability to learn a wide variety of firefighting duties and methods within a reasonable working test period.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from high school or a GED. 
  • Candidates must meet such medical, age, psychological, and physical standards as may be prescribed.  
  • Must maintain a valid Washington Driver's License.  Must be able to move objects weighing up to 150 pounds.
  • 3 years experience as a career Firefighter or 5 years experience as a volunteer or paid on-call Firefighter
  • Completion of accredited/ recognized Fire Academy within last 7 years
  • International Fire Service Accreditation College (IFSAC) certifications: Hazardous Materials Awareness, Hazards Materials Operations, Firefighter I and II, Washington State EMT within 6 months of employment
  • Washington State Driver’s license or ability to obtain within 60 days of employment ? Clean driving record  
  • Three years consecutive satisfactory or above performance evaluations 
  • Successful completion of background check, medical exam and psychological assessment

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience as an EMT in King County 
  • IFSAC Instructor One certification
  • King County CBT Instructor

Advancement through the five Firefighter steps shall be governed by the following:

  • Firefighter 1    Date of hire to 12 months of employment (probationary). 
  • Firefighter 2   Completion of 12 months of continuous employment. 
  • Firefighter 3   Completion of 24 months of continuous employment, have and maintain EMT certification. 
  • Firefighter 4   Completion of 36 months of continuous employment, have and maintain EMT-D certification. 
  • Firefighter 5   Completion of 48 months of continuous employment, have and maintain EMT-D certification. 


Working Conditions Work is usually performed during 24-hour shifts. May frequently require exposure to hazardous conditions that are typical to a fire or emergency situation, such as, intense heat, smoke, burning debris and falling structures. Wears self-contained breathing apparatus and protective clothing in emergency situations. A large part of the time is spent in the performance of routine duties at a fire station.

Selection Process  Position requires a resume and cover letter (letter of interest) and completed supplemental questionnaire for consideration of application. Please note how you meet minimum qualifications within the cover letter. Applicants who are selected for next steps in the hiring process will be invited by phone or email. Job open until filled with first review of applicants by 15th day of posting.

Vaccination requirement Effective November 8, 2021, all new hires to the City will be required as a condition of employment to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to start date.

Job Requirements

  • Age: DOE
  • Education: DOE
  • Experience: DOE

Contact Information

Manuel Ruiz

City of Kirkland
123 5th Ave
Kirkland, WA, Washington 98033
phone: 4255873222

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