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File #: 21-0194    Version: 1
Type: decision Status: In Committee
File created: 2/12/2021 In control: Civil Service Commission
Agenda date: 2/16/2021 Final action:
Title: Lateral Firefighter Hiring Process


Lateral Firefighter Hiring Process


Recommended Action

Staff Recommendation:

Move to approve the lateral firefighter hiring process.



Staff Contact:

Ron Stocking, Deputy Fire Chief, Olympia Fire Department, 360.753.8460

Nicole Camus, Sr HR Analyst, Human Resources 360.753.8213



The fire department is seeking to fill one firefighter vacancy. The department wishes to hire a lateral firefighter. The proposed hiring process includes:

                     Minimum Qualifications Screening to be conducted by external panel (Pass/Fail)

                     Phase I Suitability Assessment

                     Oral Interview (scored)

                     Certify Register

                     Referral of Names (Rule of 3)

                     Background Check

                     Chief’s interview

                     Conditional Job Offer

o                     Phase II Psychological Evaluation

o                     Medical Exam

o                     Official Job Offer


o                     Two-week fire academy

o                     CPAT must be completed in the first 180 days of employment



The proposed process allows for the efficient and fair processing of lateral firefighters consistent with civil service rules.


Recommended Action:

Staff recommends implementing the process outlined above to establish a lateral firefighter register.


Policy Reference:

Civil Service Rules, Rule IV, Examinations

Civil Service Rules, Rule V, Registers