Waterloo Fire Rescue (WFR) recently concluded an application period for entry-level firefighter/EMS provider, and we expect to conduct the hiring process as frequently as annually in the future. For those interested in joining our team of dedicated professionals, we ask that you sign up using our interest form, by which we will be able to disseminate important information regarding the hiring process, testing dates, and requirements. In recent hiring processes, preference has been given to those who have served in the US military and (or) those with a Paramedic certification.
Minority, female, and disabled individuals are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be of good moral character and should be able to calmly and proficiently act without hesitation in emergency situations. At minimum, Waterloo Fire Rescue requires that applicants are legally eligible to work in the US and have a high school diploma (or GED). If not already certified, applicants should be able to obtain Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) and Firefighter I and II (FFI and FFII) certifications within the first year of probationary employment. Previous experience in the fire services or emergency medical services is not required, but such involvement is encouraged. The department welcomes applicants of any race, color, creed, or gender.
The testing process consists of three initial stages: a written exam, a physical agility test, and an oral interview with a panel of officers, paramedics, engineers, and (or) firefighters. A list of top candidates is constructed by accumulated point totals from the three phases of testing. If an applicant is among the top candidates, a Chief's interview (comprising the highest ranking staff) is conducted. Once an offer is accepted by the applicant, medical and psychological examinations are conducted prior to the first day of the assignment.
A written exam is scheduled to take place on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Physical agility testing will take place Wednesday and Thursday, October 25-26, 2017. Interviews will be given after all physical agility tests have concluded (with dates yet to be announced).
The physical agility test is rigorous, demanding both aerobic and strength conditioning. The first segment of the physical test is a continuous circuit of five tasks: (a) stairclimb with highrise bundle; (b) rope hoist of a donut roll of hose; (c) simulated forced entry; (d) advance of charged hose; and (e) a simulated victim drag. In order to pass, an applicant must work without pause for the entire 15 minute period while completing at least 1.5 circuits (i.e., finishing the second round of simulated forced entry within the time allowed). The second segment of the physical test involves climbing an aerial ladder to 75 feet above the ground as well as crawling through a confined space that is 13 feet in length and 2 feet in diameter. Both segments are performed in helmet, turnouts, and SCBA harness. Posted below is a video demonstration of the first segment of the agility test.