Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service
Montgomery County Government
Closing Date April 26, 2021
100 Edison Park Dr., 2nd floor
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Minimum Salary $48,942 Maximum Salary $79,231 Currency USD
Full Job Description
The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) is currently accepting applications for the position of Firefighter/Rescuer I (Recruit). This announcement is to provide information for the upcoming recruit classes tentatively scheduled to begin in the fall of 2021. We tentatively plan to have two (2) recruit classes: an abbreviated, 12-week recruit class for individuals with previous training and experience (see below) and a full recruit class for individuals with no prior experience lasting 26 weeks.
The Montgomery County (MD) Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS), an Accredited Agency, is a full-spectrum life safety agency protecting about 500 square miles and over 1 million people who live and work in Maryland's most populous jurisdiction. The MCFRS annually handles over 100,000 emergency calls for service and is staffed by nearly 1300 career uniformed men and women, professional civilian staff, and an equal number of volunteers, nearly half of whom are actively involved in emergency response. Our mission is to protect lives, property, and the environment with comprehensive risk reduction programs and safe and effective emergency response.
Our hiring needs vary from year to year; however, our goal is to continually recruit highly qualified and diverse candidates to join our organization. MCFRS delivers services to our customers with impartiality and excellence, promotes the highest standards of safety and welfare and serves with integrity and mutual respect.
Montgomery County Firefighter/Rescuers perform manual and technical work in fire suppression prevention, rescue, communications, and emergency medical services primarily on a rotating 24-on/48-off shift work basis, which may require the highest level of sustained exertion and agility. Under the immediate supervision of designated fire/rescue officers, an employee in this class receives training in all aspects of suppressing and extinguishing fires, fire prevention, conducting emergency rescues, and providing emergency medical assistance.
Applicants who meet the minimum requirements as described below will be scheduled to participate in a written examination. Applicants will be notified of the scheduled test dates and times via email and location after the closing date. All correspondence will be by email. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide a valid email address at the time of application and throughout the hiring process.
Results indicating a pass or fail from the written exam will be provided to the applicants within 3-4 weeks following the completion of the exam. Before receiving a final offer of employment, selected applicants will be evaluated and must successfully complete and pass all of the following:
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). CPAT certificates from other jurisdictions will not be accepted.
Medical examination (including a drug/alcohol screen)
Applicants selected for hire will be required to sign an agreement stating they are tobacco-free both on and off duty. Failure to remain tobacco-free throughout employment with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service may result in termination.
Based upon service needs, hiring preferences may be given to those applicants who currently have any of the following at the time of application (all hiring preferences will be verified):
Veteran or Veteran with Disability
National Registry Paramedic (NRP)
Residency in Montgomery County for at least 6-months immediately preceding the time of application.
The ability to fluently speak, write and understand one or more of the following languages: Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese, American Sign Language
Advanced education above a high school diploma or GED (30 or more college credits from an accredited college or university, Associate Degree, or Bachelor's Degree, etc.)
Additional Information :
Applicants selected for hire based on their ALS certification, will be required to sign an agreement requiring them to obtain Montgomery County, Maryland Advanced Life Support (ALS) Certification within one (1) year and maintain their ALS Certification for seven (7) years.
Applicants with ALS Certification will receive a pay differential, in addition to their base salary, after obtaining their Montgomery County, Maryland ALS Certification.
The Office of Human Resources reviews the minimum qualifications of all applicants, irrespective of whether the candidate has previously been found to have met the minimum requirements for the job or been temporarily promoted to the same position. This evaluation is based solely on the information contained in the application/resume submitted for this specific position/IRC.
Montgomery County Government is an equal opportunity employer, committed to workforce diversity. Accordingly, as it relates to employment opportunities, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, in accordance with the law. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Human Resources. Individual determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made in accordance with all applicable laws.
Montgomery County Government also provides hiring preference to certain categories of veterans and veterans/persons with a disability. For more information and to claim employment preference, please refer to the Careers webpage on Hiring Preference.
All applicants will respond to a series of questions related to their education, relevant experience, knowledge, skills and abilities required to minimally perform the job. The applicant's responses in conjunction with their resume and all other information provided in the employment application process will be evaluated to determine the minimum qualifications and preferred criteria status. Based on the results, the highest qualified applicants will be placed on an Eligible List and may be considered for an interview. Employees meeting minimum qualifications who are the same grade will be placed on Eligible List as a "Lateral Transfer" candidate and may be considered for interview.
If selected for consideration for this position, you may be required to provide evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated on your resume.
Education: High School graduate or equivalent acceptable to the State of Maryland by July 1, 2021. Applicants who have not received their high school diploma or equivalent by the written exam date will receive instructions at the conclusion of the application process. Applicants that do not submit their high school diploma or equivalent by July 1, 2021 will not continue with the hiring process.
Physical Abilities: Must be able to pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). Ability to engage in strenuous physical effort for prolonged periods as required. Ability to lift heavy weight, crawl on hands and knees wearing self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and personal protective equipment. Carry heavy loads. Complete tasks in a smoke-filled environment with zero visibility. Climb ladders and be able to endure hot, cold, and extreme weather working conditions.
License and Certification Requirements :
Successful completion, within one-year from date of appointment, of Emergency Vehicle Operator's course and State of Maryland certification as Emergency Medical Technician-Ambulance (EMT-B).
A recruit must possess and maintain at all times a valid, non-provisional Class "C" (or equivalent) driver's license from the applicant's state of resident, as required by the Department of Fire and Rescue Services at time of appointment.
A recruit shall successfully complete and be certified to the level of NFPA Firefighter II as approved by the Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue Services before attaining permanent status.
Note: There will be no substitution for this section.
Citizenship and Age:
Individuals appointed to a position in this class must be at least eighteen (18) years of age by December 31, 2021.
Individuals appointed to a position in this job class must be a citizen of the US or Resident Alien.
Medical Exam Protocol:
Successful completion of physical examination in accordance with established NFPA standards
Successful qualification of fit testing requirement with protective masks and other respiratory protective devices
Passing of drug screening test.
All applicants who meet minimum qualifications confirmed by OHR will be invited to be scheduled for a written examination. Based on the results of the written examination, applications will be rated "Qualified " or "Did Not Pass." The highest-rated applicants will be placed on the Eligible List and may be considered for an interview.