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The Richland Fire & Emergency Services Department (RF&ES) maintains an ongoing and merged certification list for Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic positions.  We are continuously accepting applications for the position and  will hold oral board processes on an as needed basis, multiple times throughout the year. 

Under the general supervision of a Fire Captain or designee, performs skilled emergency and non-emergency tasks in the area of fire prevention, fire suppression, hazardous materials, emergency preparedness and emergency medical services for the protection of life and property for municipalities, airports and private industry.

In order to be eligible to participate in the City's application screening process, applicants should first complete the initial testing (written exam and CPAT) with Public Safety Testing (PST).  Scores from the PST eligibility list with the City of Richland are good for one (1) year from the date of PST testing.  


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Completion of initial written and physical agility exams as outlined by the City of Richland's protocols.
  • Valid driver's license upon hire date.
  • Eighteen (18) years of age or older at time of testing.
  • Valid Washington State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Advanced EMT (AEMT) within six (6) months of successfully completing Fire Academy.
  • Certified to wear a respirator at SCBA level.
  • IFSAC Firefighter I and II.
  • IFSAC Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations are required within the first year of employment based on the schedule outlined in the department training and development/JATC program.
  • Wildland Firefighter II certification within one (1) year of hire date.
  • Washington State Emergency Vehicle Accident Prevention (EVIP) certification within two (2) years of hire date and prior to driving fire department vehicles in the 'emergency' mode.

If you are interested in applying but have not completed the initial testing process with PST, please visit PST's website at for more details on how to schedule now to be considered for future testing processes.


  • Associates or Bachelor's degree in Fire Science or Fire Administration.
  • Completion of Bates and/or North Bend Fire Academy within last three years.
  • Washington State or National Registry EMT certification
  • Washington State or National Registry Paramedic certification.
  • Prior experience, to include reserve or resident fire fighter.
  • IFSAC Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations certifications.
  • Wildland Firefighter II certification.
  • Washington State Emergency Vehicle Incident Prevention (EVIP) certification.


Selection will be based on overall qualifications and oral board interview process.  

Final candidate(s) selected will be required to complete a comprehensive background check to include an integrity interview, reference checks, criminal history check, driving record, education and certification verification, and review of training records. In addition, you would be required to go through fingerprinting, psychological and pre-employment physical exam commensurate to the position.