Job Opening Announcement


Date: February 01, 2018
Due Date: February 28, 2018
Salary: $4,646 - $5,930 per month

Job Announcement

The City of Coos Bay is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Firefighter/Engineer.  Interested parties should go to the National Testing Network website and register as a firefighter candidate. Candidates should then complete and submit the National Testing Network (NTN) application, complete the FireTeam test and have a valid NTN Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) dated no earlier than February 1, 2017. All testing must be complete prior to an applicant being considered for the application pool.  

The deadline for receiving completed test scores at the National Testing Network is 5:00 p.m., February 28, 2018.  Scores received after the February 28 deadline will not be considered.  The Coos Bay Fire Department will select a limited number of candidates from the list provided by the National Testing Network. Selected candidates will be invited to complete a City of Coos Bay application and participate in a competitive selection process.   

The City of Coos Bay is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap or any other non-merit factor.  If reasonable accommodation is required to complete the application process, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 541-269-8912 during the hours of Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.


GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  Performs a variety of firefighting duties including combating, extinguishing and preventing fires.  Provides emergency rescue service and emergency medical aid.  Assumes maintenance duties involving equipment and facilities.  Conducts fire prevention inspections and plans and presents fire safety education and prevention programs.  Performs related work as required.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Works under the supervision of a shift officer, who assigns work details and reviews the work for conformance with department and goals, policies and rules.  Performs routine tasks independently.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:  Supervision of other employees is not a normal responsibility of positions in this classification.  An employee may, however, be required to supervise volunteers and cadets.  Supervision of other paid staff members working on special projects may also be required.

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK:  An employee in this classification may perform any of the following duties.  However, these examples do not include all the specific tasks which an employee may be expected to perform:

1. Responds to fire alarms and emergencies with fire apparatus.  Operates apparatus, pumps and other mechanical equipment.  Performs hose lays, ladder, salvage, rescue, ventilation and clean-up operations.  Uses specialized firefighting equipment and tools.  Works with volunteers.

2. Maintains fire apparatus, equipment, facilities and grounds in good repair and readiness, including housekeeping, maintenance, yard work, painting and cleaning.  Makes daily, weekly and monthly inspections of firefighting apparatus and equipment and make minor mechanical repairs as needed.  Prepares records concerning division activities, equipment and materials.

3. Attends drills/training sessions to continuously update the skills and knowledge required for effective work performance.  Practices firefighting, rescue and medical assistance skills.  Assists in training volunteers and cadets.

4. Assists in pre-fire planning, fire inspections, fire prevention, public relations and education and information activities.

5. Inspects commercial, industrial and other buildings and dwellings for fire hazards, efficiency of fire protective equipment and general compliance with fire prevention regulations.  Enforces federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to fire prevention.

6. Complies with department and division procedures and policies.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:  Ability to learn and perform various fire suppression and fire prevention, maintenance and emergency life support techniques and procedures.  Ability to remain calm and perform strenuous fire fighting tasks under hazardous conditions.  Ability to accurately recall street, address and hydrant locations.  Possess and maintain physical strength and agility sufficient to perform the work of this classification as established by the department.  Skill in oral and written expression, including spelling and punctuation and demonstrated skill in following both oral and written instructions.  Ability and interest in working as a team member and living part-time with other firefighters.  Willingness to promote a positive public image and maintain good public relations.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  An employee in this position is required to maintain mental and physical skills necessary to effectively perform the duties and responsibilities of firefighting, handling hazardous materials, and rescue and emergency medical operations.  Must have the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:  Possession of all the following at time of application:

• High school diploma or an equivalent GED certification.

• Valid Oregon Class C drivers license.

• Oregon EMT (or higher)

• DPSST/NFPA Firefighter I

An Associate degree or Bachelor's degree in a related field is desirable.

NFPA Firefighter II and NFPA Pumper Operator certification are required within one year of date of hire.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:  Emergency medical aid unit, fire apparatus, fire pumps, hoses, and other standard firefighting equipment, ladders, first aid equipment, radio, pager, personal computer, phone.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, except during certain firefighting or EMT activities when noise levels may be loud.

GUIDELINES:  The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


EMPLOYEE BENEFITS:  Employees work in a strong team-oriented environment and receive a generous employee benefit package which includes time off in lieu of holidays accruing at the rate of twelve hours per full month of service, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, long term disability, medical, dental and vision insurance, and retirement through the Public Employees Retirement System. The City pays 90% of the medical and dental insurance premium for the employee and their family.

Hiring Process

Applicants must complete the National Testing Network FireTeam test by 5:00 p.m. February 28, 2018 as specified in this job announcement.  All applicants will be notified of the final status of their application. 

Proof of successful completion of a Candidate Physical Agility Test is required at the February 28th deadline. 

  • Feb. 1 – 28, 2018 Written Exam – Scheduled by the candidate at NTN site in Salem, OR.  
  • March 21 & 22, 2018 Candidate Evaluation - (Selected Applicants will be notified of time) 
  • March 23, 2018 Chief’s Interview – (Selected Applicants will be notified of time)