SIDNEY — If you are looking for an opportunity to make a difference with your career, Sidney Fire Department is looking for you, as the search is on to add a new firefighter to the department.
“This is a great opportunity for somebody in Shelby County or surrounding counties to be involved, and if he or she wants to give back to society through an honorable way, this is it. Come join us. We’ll have a spot at the table for you,” Sidney Fire Chief Brad Jones said.
The city of Sidney’s website describes a firefighter’s job as being “responsible for the protection of lives and preservation of property, through the delivery of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), firefighting, technical rescue, Haz-Mat, fire prevention and other related services.
The Sidney Department of Fire and Emergency Services suppression forces are comprised of three 11-person crews that work every third day. The city has a main fire station (Fire Station 1) located in the downtown area and a second fire station located near the city’s main commercial area, interstate highway and industries. The firefighter/EMT/paramedic is primarily responsible for responding to emergency calls for medical services, fire suppression, hazardous materials, technical rescues, on a variety fire and emergency apparatus. Emergency calls for EMS, fire, technical rescue and Haz-Mat services exceed 4,000 per year.”
It says a firefighter/EMT/paramedic works closely with the police department and often with hospital emergency room staff, and other local emergency service organizations, when dealing with emergency calls.
The salary range is $50,000 to $63,000 annually for the job.
The city of Sidney is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities are encouraged to apply.
Jones said the department is planning to hire one individual to replace a retiring firefighter in the immediate future, and potentially two more by the end of the year, pending additional retirements.
Applicants who pass the entry-level test will move on to take the CPAT test with the Miami Valley Fire/EMS Alliance. After they pass both tests, applicants will be placed on the department’s eligibility list. CPAT stands for candidate physical ability testing. After the CPAT, the top candidates will be interviewed by the department.
The candidate must register for the National Testing Network at www.nationaltestingnetwork.com, complete their application and personal history questionnaire and take the test to establish eligibility. Military veterans and applicants with firefighter experience do receive preference on the exam, Jones said.
He expects to begin interviewing candidates by fall. No experience is necessary, Jones said, but he is looking for someone with the right attitude to join the team.
“We are customer service based. I can train (a person) with the right attitude to be a firefighter,” Jones said. “If you have the right skill set and the right attitude for customer service, Ill hire you tomorrow.”
An application for the position is available at http://www.sidneyoh.com/Human_Resources/Employment-sidney-ohio.asp or obtained from the receptionist on the second floor of the Municipal Building, 201 W. Poplar St., Sidney, OH 45365. Applications may be submitted by fax to 937-498-8160, scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to the Municipal Building. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on June 30, 2017.
Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.