Firefighter/EMT (Basic or Paramedic)
Rockwall Fire Department - Rockwall, Texas

Oct 12, 2020

Application Deadline:
Oct 30, 2020

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$55,189.32 - $ 70,437.12 (top out) annual

Job Description

Under the direction of Rockwall Fire Department staff including the Fire Chief, Assistant Chief, Battalion Chief, and Captain, the position will perform firefighting duties and rescue operations, administer emergency medical services, perform preventative maintenance of fire apparatus and equipment, and perform other duties as assigned.

 Examples of Essential Functions:

  • Respond to fire, rescue, medical, hazardous material, and other emergency and non-emergency calls for service.
  • Perform fire suppression functions including firefighting, rescue operations, deploying and operating hose lines, ventilation (including roof ventilation), and salvage; pre-fire planning; and other related tasks associated with fire suppression, rescue operations and emergency medical responses.
  • Perform Fire Prevention/Education functions as assigned including station tours, show-and-tell events at schools, etc.
  • Provide pre-hospital care to sick and/or injured patients.
  • Step up to Driver Engineer position as assigned including driving and inspecting fire apparatus and operating equipment including fire pump.
  • Prepare records and reports related to incident responses and equipment operations.
  • Respond to calls for service and use all assigned equipment in a safe manner and in accordance with established policies and procedures including, but not limited to, hose lines, ladders, pike poles, halligan tools, extrication equipment, saws, medical equipment, etc.
  • Operate apparatus safely and in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a familiarity with streets, hydrants and buildings within the response area.
  • Participate in all assigned training, including individual and company-level training.
  • Study technical materials on equipment operation, fire suppression, and fire prevention to improve and/or maintain effective levels of performance.
  • Communicate professionally and courteously with other firefighters, city staff, and citizens.
  • Inspect, clean, and maintain apparatus, equipment, station, and grounds.
  • Adhere to the City and departmental safety policies and the Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Fire Chief or other officers of the department.
  • Required to report for work punctually, work all scheduled hours, and any required overtime as deemed necessary.  Must maintain a physical condition and standards necessary for the proper performance of duties.

Additional Information

Hiring 12 positions

Up to $1,800/yr education/certification pay

Up to $1,200/yr Paramedic pay

Longevity Pay

Premium Holiday Pay

Lateral Pay Program

TMRS Retirement - 14% City Match, 20 yr retirement, 5 yr vesting

++Automatic Employment Disqualifiers:++

  • Is younger than 18 years of age
  • Unable to meet licensing/certification requirements
  • Driver License not valid and/or clear
  • Has any conviction of a Felony
  • Has a conviction of Class "A" or Class "B" misdemeanors which are considered to be a crime against person or drug related
  • Has a conviction of Class "A" or Class "B" misdemeanors which are not in the above categories but the conviction(s) are within the last three years or ten years for DWI's      
  • More than one (1) DWI conviction
  • Crimes which were committed and where deferred adjudication/probation was received and the crime was not listed as a conviction on your criminal record
  • Is currently charged with or under investigation for any criminal offenses
  • Is under court, community supervision, or probation for a criminal offense
  • Currently using illegal drug(s) or abuse of prescription drugs
  • The past use of illegal drug(s) or abuse of prescription drugs disqualifier will be based on amount of time since last used, number of times used and type of drug(s) used
  • Theft from employer(s) with cumulative total of $50.00 or more
  • Intentional omission of information on application or personal history statement
  • False statement of information on applications or personal history statement
  • Intentional misleading statement on application or personal history statement
  • Falsification of job(s) related document(s)
  • Interfering, obstructing or otherwise causing improper influence in the background process
  • Unsatisfactory score on the written exam or failure of the physical ability test
  • Unsafe driving record
  • Tattoos on the head or neck

Job Requirements

  • Age: minimum 18 years-old, no max age
  • Education: High School Diploma
  • Experience: none

Must possess a Basic Fire Suppression certification through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

Must be certified on or before 2/1/21.

Must be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) through the Texas Department of State Health Services. Must be certified on or before 2/1/21.

Must have a valid Driver's License in the state in which the applicant lives.

Contact Informaton

Ariana Kistner

Rockwall Fire Department
385 S Goliad St
Rockwall, Texas 75087
phone: 9727717770

How to Apply


++Rockwall Fire Department Hiring Process++

1.    Complete the on-line application and Personal History Statement form

IMPORTANT: All candidates are to print and bring a fully completed Personal History Statement to the written exam and turn it in at registration.  The Personal History Statement will be sent along with an email confirming the test date.

2.    Written Exam

The written exam will be administered on November 4th and 5th of 2020.  Candidates will only attend one written exam and will select their preferred date in the supplemental questions section of this application.  Qualified candidates will receive a confirmation email identifying the date, time, and location of the written exam.  Every effort will be made to schedule the test date and time based on the applicant’s request; however, ++the date assigned MAY NOT be the same as the requested++ ++date++.

IMPORTANT: All candidates will be required to bring a mask/face covering with them to the exam and wear it while in the building. The location of the written exam on both dates will be at the Rockwall County Courthouse (Liberty Hall Room) 1111 E. Yellowjacket Ln. Rockwall, TX 75087.  Registration will begin at 5:00 PM. Entry into the test room will not be allowed after 6:00 PM.

The applicant test is provided by Ergometrics and Applied Personnel Research, Inc. The test is video-based and assesses critical skills necessary to be a firefighter.  It includes content areas of teamwork, human relations, mechanical aptitude, reading ability, and basic math skills. A practice test may be purchased at ++  There is no obligation to purchase the practice test.

3.    Preliminary Background Investigation (review of Personal History Statement)

4.    Interview with Department Command Staff/Human Resources

5.    Criminal Background Investigation

6.    Fire Chief Interview

7.    Qualified candidates will receive an email notification advising them of the date, time, and location for the physical ability test.

8.    Physical Ability Test

a.  Wear athletic shoes, t-shirt, and shorts (or pants)        b.  The candidate will perform the test wearing firefighting gloves, firefighting coat, helmet, self-contained breathing apparatus (without a facepiece), and knee pads.  All equipment will be provided; however, the candidate may provide their own knee pads should they elect to do so.       c.  The test is a continuously timed event which must be completed within 8 minutes and 39 seconds (8:39) and consists of the following exercises: Event 1: Dry Hose Deployment Candidate advances pre-connected 1.75-inch dry hose line for 140 feet. Each 50-foot section weighs 20 pounds, for a total of 60 pounds of dry weight dragged. This event simulates extending a dry offensive hose line from an apparatus to a fire scene for firefighting operations. Event 2: Charged Hose Deployment Candidate advances pre-connected 1.75-inch charged hose line for 70 feet. This event simulates extending a charged offensive hose line to the seat of a fire for firefighting operations. Event 3: Halyard Raise Candidate raises and lowers the fly section of a 24-foot aluminum extension ladder with a halyard. The pull resistance of the ladder is approximately 26 pounds. This event simulates raising and lowering the fly of a 24-foot aluminum extension ladder in order to access higher floors for rescue, ventilation, and other firefighting operations. Event 4: Roof Walk Candidate ascends and descends a 13-foot distance walking/crawling on the rungs of a 14-foot roof ladder while carrying a simulated 22-pound chain saw (not to exceed 22 pounds). This event simulates walking on a roof ladder with the appropriate equipment in order to perform ventilation operations. Event 5: Attic Crawl Candidate crawls a distance of 20 feet across a simulated attic area while carrying a simulated flashlight in his/her hands. This event simulates walking/crawling on joists in an attic to search for the extension of a fire. Event 6: Roof Ventilation Candidate stands on a pitched rooftop and strikes the roof 30 times with a 7-pound sledge hammer. This event simulates making a ventilation opening in a roof with an axe or sledge hammer in order to ventilate a fire. Event 7: Victim Removal Candidate carries or drags a dummy for 26 feet. This event simulates removing an injured or unconscious victim from a hazardous area. Event 8: Ladder Removal/Carry Candidate removes a 16-foot aluminum roof ladder from mounted hooks, carries the ladder 54 feet around a diamond shaped course, and replaces the ladder to the mounted hooks. The weight of the ladder is 48 pounds. This event simulates removing a straight ladder from an apparatus, carrying it to the site of use, and replacing it to the apparatus. Event 9: Crawling Search Candidate crawls on the ground floor for a distance of 60 feet. This event simulates crawling while conducting search and rescue, hose deployment, or attic operations in a burning structure. Event 10: Stair Climb with Hose Candidate ascends and descends three flights of stairs with a 60-pound hose bundle. This event simulates climbing stairs with a hose bundle in order to fight fires in multiple-story buildings.

9.    Reference Check

10.  Conditional job offer by Human Resources based on the successful completion of:        a.  Medical examination (NFPA 1582 compliant physical)        b.  Drug screen

11.  Start date confirmed.

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