Firefighter/EMT (Basic or Paramedic)
City of Racine - Racine, Wisconsin

Mar 8, 2023

Application Deadline:
Jun 18, 2023

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$54,643.58 annual

Job Description


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 136 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 and fire investigation. The fire department and its employees are a critical component for the long-term health and safety of the people in the community.


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 101) Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications.


  • 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, grounds, and equipment as assigned.
  • Read and study material to remain current on topics related to fire prevention and suppression, emergency medical services, 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 levels consistent with performing all essential functions at a high level of safety and efficiency.
  • Operates and enters data timely and accurately into a computer.
  • Must have knowledge of basic and advanced life support emergency care and CPR life – saving procedures.
  • Applies hazardous material first responder operational level methods and techniques.
  • Demonstrates a basic degree of mechanical aptitude.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


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, sub-surfaces and infectious diseases.

Additional Information


*These are the entrance requirements to the competitive examination and do not assure a place on the eligibility list. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications on or before the posted filing deadline in order to qualify. The following documents *_MUST *_be attached to your NEOGOV electronic application.

  • High School diploma or GED equivalent, Official High School or GED transcripts
  • Valid Wisconsin Driver's License or eligible to be licensed in the State of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin State Certified Firefighter I.
  • Valid, active Wisconsin licensed EMT-Basic or Paramedic or ability to obtain a Wisconsin EMT-Basic or Paramedic licensure by the time of hire
  • Valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certificate or ability to obtain CPAT certificate by the time of Background Checks – Test will be administered by any regionally or nationally accredited agency that is authorized to administer the CPAT test. Candidates possessing a valid CPAT certificate will not be required to participate in the agility testing. The certificate, valid for a period of one year, must be valid based on when the PFC interviews are conducted. If the CPAT certificate is not valid by the PFC interviews, candidate will have to re-apply.


  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) Independent Study 100, 200, 700, 800.
  • Wisconsin State Certified Firefighter 2, Wisconsin State Certified Driver/Operator Pumper, Wisconsin State Certified Driver/Operator Aerial, Wisconsin State Certified Emergency Services Instructor I, Wisconsin State Certified Fire Officer I and NIMS 300, 400 are highly desirable.


*_Written Examination - *_The written examination will be conducted by the Racine Fire Department Training Division or a designated testing agency.

Initial Panel Interview – Candidates who successfully pass the written examination may be invited 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, initial panel interview, and successfully complete a background check may advance to the oral interview process with the Racine Police and Fire Commission. Must have valid Candidate Physical Ability Test certificate (CPAT) by this point of the hiring process.

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 hiring process: Birth Certificate and/or DD214 if you are a military veteran.

++*EOE *++

The City of Racine is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 18+
  • Education: High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
  • Experience: -

Contact Information

Anita Tobias

City of Racine
730 Washington Ave
Racine, Wisconsin 53403
phone: 262-636-9491

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