PAWTUCKET – City officials are preparing to fill upcoming vacancies in the Pawtucket Fire Department by running a firefighter recruitment drive.
Mayor Donald Grebien, Public Safety Director Tony Pires and Fire Chief William Sisson last week announced a recruitment schedule and requirements to become a firefighter with the department. The notice was issued early to allow potential candidates the opportunity to meet the requirements in time for the application period, which will begin in November.
“Pawtucket is a great community to live, work, and commit to public service” said Grebien in a statement. “Becoming a firefighter is a rewarding experience and holds the great responsibility of protecting our citizens and our community. We hope you will join our team.”
The city will likely need about five to seven more firefighters by the next hiring period, according to officials. As with the police department, candidates stay on the list until the city is ready to hire them.
“The department wants to ensure that we attract a highly qualified, diverse group to join our team,” said Sisson in a statement. “We also want to provide applicants with plenty of time to meet the requirements over the summer and the fall, such as the physical performance assessment and emergency medical technician license.”
The application period for firefighter candidates will be open Nov. 1 to Nov. 30 Requirements, which must be met by candidates at the time of application, include:
• That they be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen.
• That they be a high school graduate or possess a GED.
• That they have a photocopy of their valid driver’s license and a certified copy of their driving record, obtained from the Operator Control Office-Registry of Motor Vehicles in their state of residence.
• That they have a certified copy of their Bureau of Criminal Identification report from the Office of Attorney General in their state of residence.
• For EMT, applicants must possess a valid Rhode Island Emergency Medical Technician License, a valid RI EMT-Cardiac License, a valid Rhode Island Paramedic License, or have their National Emergency Medical Technician certification and a pending Rhode Island EMT license by the time of the oral interview in January 2018.
• Have a valid certificate of successful completion of the Physical Performance Assessment (from the R.I. Association of Fire Chiefs issued after April 1, 2017.) Note: The PPA registration will open in August for October testing. To register and for more information, visit www.rifirechiefs.com .
After submitting an application, candidates will start the examination process, which includes a written exam on Dec. 9 and an oral interview with the chief and senior staff in January.
When candidates successfully complete all requirements, and are selected to be part of the next recruitment class, they will begin the fire academy, a 16-week program. Candidates who successfully complete the program will be placed on an eligibility list.
Firefighter applications will be available online prior to the November filing period at www.pawtucketri.com. Call 401-728-0500 ext. 235 or 276 with questions.
Pawtucket is an equal opportunity employer and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Those who have been Pawtucket residents for the past three years will receive five additional points in the overall hiring process.