Firefighter (Shift)

City of Cedar Rapids

Provides direct services, individually and as a member of a team, in the suppression and control of hazardous fires, and other kinds of emergency assistance to the public as circumstances may require, including medical, trench, confined space, rope rescue, water rescue, life safety training; USAR and/or natural or manmade disasters.

Works under immediate supervision, though there is often opportunity for individual initiative and judgement during emergency operations.

***EMT Requirement: Proof of Iowa or National Registry certification at the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level or higher. Must obtain certification by March 21, 2022 to be considered for this position***
Schedule: At the time of hire, probationary Firefighters will work Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm while undergoing basic firefighter training. Once the basic school is completed, probationary Firefighters will be assigned to the fire shift schedule that includes 24 hour rotating shifts on a 53 hour work week (including weekends and holidays).


  • During 8 week training period, Day rate will be $26.81/hour
  • After training is completed and assigned to shift (53 hour work week), Shift rate will be $20.23/hour


Proposed Firefighter Recruitment Schedule – 2021/2022

  • October 1, 2021 – November 30, 2021- Applications Accepted
  • Week of December 6 or 13, 2021- Written Exam
  • Week of January 3, 2022- CPAT Orientation
  • Week of March 7, 2022- CPAT Practice, Challenge, and Testing
  • Week of March 14, 2022- Human Resources Interviews
  • Week of March 21 or 28, 2022- Oral Interviews (Civil Service Commission)
  • Week of March 21 or 28, 2022- Oral Interviews (Fire Department) 
  • Week of March 21 or 28, 2022- Civil Service Commission Certifies List
  • Week of April 4, 2022- Contingent Offers & Schedule Pre Employment Physicals
  • May 2, 2022- First Day

Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, physical examination, and drug screen are required prior to employment with the City of Cedar Rapids.

Examples of Essential Duties:

  • Responds to fire alarms; lays hose lines, operates nozzles, pumps, hydrants, fire extinguishers, breathing
  • apparatus and other fire fighting equipment to control or extinguish fire; looks for hidden fires; climbs ladders and works from ladders and in high areas;
  • Provides emergency medical assistance to injured persons and those overcome by fire and smoke, or in response to non-fire related medical emergency calls such as heart attacks, drowning, poisoning, shock and extrications, in order to medically stabilize and/or sustain major life functions;
  • Responds to and rescues individuals from life-threatening situations, including extrications, water rescues, trench, confined space, water rescue, floods, tornadoes, hazardous materials leaks or spills, rope rescue, cave-ins, and high buildings or other structures,  person's stuck or entrapped in manmade or natural environments; to provide technical support services and restore normalcy to area;
  • Drives apparatus to emergency site, as assigned; ensures that apparatus is functioning properly, operates pump and other special equipment;
  • Participates in salvage operation and post-fire clean-up; protects property from water;
  • Participates in drills and training sessions; participates in fire brigade training for community industries. Participates in inspections of commercial and residential properties;
  • Participates in pre-fire planning and development of property maps and sketches;
  • Cleans, performs preventative maintenance and repairs equipment and apparatus, including trucks, masks, hoses, nozzles, couplings, ladders, pump operations on apparatus, etc.;
  • Wears and properly uses safety equipment including personal protective, fall protection equipment, self- contained breathing apparatus and gas detection equipment;
  • Performs station maintenance work, including cleaning and minor repairs to quarters, buildings and grounds;
  • Conducts fire station tours for the general public, demonstrating equipment and apparatus, and answering questions;
  • Reads various work guides;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures and safety practices; Attends work regularly at the designated place and time;
  • Supports continuous process improvement initiatives; Performs related work as required.

Required Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of fire fighting methods and techniques;
  • Knowledge of emergency medical assistance procedures;
  • Knowledge of construction of buildings as applied to inspections and pre-planning programs; Knowledge of hazardous substances and their control;
  • Knowledge of City geography;
  • Knowledge of OSHA permit-required confined space entry protocol, respiratory protection standards, right-to-know laws, CPR and First Aid;
  • Knowledge of current NFPA codes in relationship to job title and position;
  • Skill in fire suppression;
  • Skill in administering emergency medical assistance; Skill in rescue methods and techniques;
  • Ability to properly utilize the following equipment and tools: wide variety of fire apparatus, equipment and tools associated with the fire control operation and non-fire emergencies, and for the most part unique to fire control programs, personal protective equipment, gas detectors, fall protection equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus;
  • Ability to perform confined space entry, including rescue, using permit-required protocol; Ability to work cooperatively and to maintain effective working relationships to accomplish job responsibilities;
  • Ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;
  • Ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.

Acceptable Experience and Training:

  • Prescribed by the Civil Service Commission.

Required Special Qualifications:

  • Iowa or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician certification (Certification at the paramedic level is preferred.)
  • Successful completion of the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau Firefighter I program by the end of the first year of employment (Training provided by the department.)
  • Valid Driver's license at the time of hire.

Essential Physical Abilities:

  • Requires the following with or without reasonable accommodation:
  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing which permits the employee to communicate effectively; Sufficient vision which permits the employee to operate equipment and tools;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity and personal mobility which permits the employee to operate equipment.

Job ID: 77588

Posted 25 days ago

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