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File #: 21-0195    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/Paramedic Hiring Process


Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic Hiring Process


Recommended Action

Staff Recommendation:

Move to approve the lateral firefighter/paramedic 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/paramedic vacancy. The department wishes to hire a lateral firefighter/paramedic. 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                     Must meet all requirements of Thurston County Medic One prior to Job Offer*

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 firefighter/paramedics consistent with civil service rules.


Recommended Action:

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


Policy Reference:

Civil Service Rules, Rule IV, Examinations

Civil Service Rules, Rule V, Registers