POSTING TITLE: Firefighter/EMT Recruit
DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 10, 2023
ACADEMY START DATE: December 4, 2023
Individuals who have already possess Fire certifications or an EMT certification through the State of North Carolina, may still apply for this position. They will be required to participate in the entire academy and must take the final class exams but will not have to recertify with the state.
ABOUT THE POSITION & PROGRAM: The Firefighter/EMT Recruit position is geared towards individuals with a long-term goal of continued employment as a Firefighter/EMT. Applicants must be willing to commit to at least two (2) years of continued employment with Pender EMS & Fire, Inc. after successful completion of the academy.
No firefighting experience is required however candidates must demonstrate a strong work ethic, motivation, and responsibility.
Selected candidates will attend an in-house training academy to develop skills and demonstrate proper procedures to become proficient in firefighting and emergency medical services. Under close supervision in a training capacity, the Firefighter/EMT recruit will learn about and utilize a variety of necessary skills in order to begin a career in firefighting.
Candidates will graduate with all the certifications required of the State of North Carolina. Upon successful completion of the academy, participants in good standing may continue their careers with us as a fully functioning Firefighter/EMT and their compensation rate will be increased to reflect the Firefighter/EMT rate of pay.
ACADEMY STRUCTURE: The academy is approximately twenty-one (21) weeks. Our highly specialized training consists of comprehensive classroom and practical instruction on emergency medical care and firefighting methods.
The classroom portion of the academy will be held Monday-Friday at our training center located at 1015 Island Creek Rd., Rocky Point, NC 28457. Recruits are also required to partake in one (1) clinical in the Emergency Department and three (3) clinicals on an ambulance.
Upon successful completion of the EMT portion of the academy as well as the final exam, recruits may begin the Firefighting portion of the academy.
•At least 18 years of age
•Eligible for employment in the United States
•High School Diploma or GED equivalent
•Possession of a valid Driver's License
•Annual Completion of physical agility test (conducted by Pender EMS & Fire, Inc.)
REQUIRED SCREENINGS/TESTS: Applicants will be required to successfully complete the following testing and screenings:
•Criminal Background Check
•Pre-Employment Drug Screen
•NFPA Physical & Stress Test
•Physical Agility Test
•CASAS Reading Placement Test score of 249 or higher within the last year or successfulcompletion a college level English class within the last ten (10) years
COURSE REQUIREMENT: The course requirement for the EMT class portion of the Academy is a CASAS Reading Placement Test score of 249 or higher within the last year or successful completion a college level English class within the last ten (10) years. To be deemed eligible for the Academy, applicants must submit documentation of their passing placement test score or an official college transcript to Human Resources. Placement test scores can be obtained from the CFCC’s Admissions Office. To schedule a placement test exam, please visit CFCC’s testing center website.
IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must provide proof of the following immunizations:
•Current flu vaccine (required October – March)
•2 Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccinations or positive antibody titer
•History of Chicken Pox (documentation required) or 2 Varicella immunizations
•TB skin test (PPD within the past year) or chest x-ray
•Tetanus vaccination within the last 10 years
•3 Hepatitis B vaccinations or a signed declination statement
Retirement: Up to 5% contribution to 401k after one (1) year of employment
Paid Time Off
Supplemental Benefit Options
Accident/Sickness Insurance (No Cost to Employee)
Life Insurance (No Cost to Employee)
Pender EMS & Fire, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.