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Full-Time Firefighter-Paramedic (Fire-Medic)

Job Summary

The Mission: The Mission of the Hiawatha Fire Department is to enhance our community by providing services and programs to protect lives, property, and the environment. Our goal is to make Hiawatha a safe place to live, work, and play.

The Department:  In addition to responding to fires, motor vehicle accidents, and other emergencies, HFD provides interfacility and 911 advanced life support transport EMS to more than 12,000 people in the Hiawatha, Palo, and Shellsburg area. Fire-Medics work with the leadership team, as well as the Medical Director, to provide quality patient care and member safety.  All ambulances are equipped with state-of-the-art ALS equipment including Zoll X-Series monitors. The firefighting resources include 3 pumpers and a 75-foot aerial ladder. HFD recently placed in service MSA G1 SCBAs. HFD has a close relationship with our mutual aid partners, including automatic mutual aid agreements, to provide quality service and care in a wide range of situations. In 2019, HFD responded to 1,374 calls.  HFD is staffed with a full time Chief and 2 Deputy Chief’s, 4 full time Fire-Medics, 1 full time Paramedic, 5 part-time Fire-Medics, and more than 40 volunteer members. 

Starting Range of Pay:  $52,400 to $73,400 depending on qualifications.

The Job: HFD plans to hire a fourth full-time Fire-Medic as soon as possible. The duties include supporting the mission of the fire department in firefighting, emergency medical service, community risk reduction, training and other activities. Fire-Medics are not limited to EMS, they are frontline firefighters, providing the initial response to fires, particularly during day time hours. During the evening hours, they support the activities of the volunteer duty crews by assisting with training and mentoring members. 

The Candidate: The ideal candidate will have experience in both fire and EMS. Three years of EMS experience as a Paramedic (Iowa or NREMT) with current certification in ACLS, BCLS and PALS, and an unrestricted Iowa Chauffer’s (Class D) license are required. Firefighter 1 certification along with Haz Mat Operations is required. It is essential the candidate can read, write and speak the English language. The candidate will undergo a pre-employment background, physical, and drug screen.

The Hours: Full-time Fire-Medics can expect 10, 12, or 24-hour shifts, including holidays and weekends as scheduled. However, they may be assigned to other shifts as needed to support the mission of the fire department. Usual schedule is 24 hours on followed by 48 hours off.

Specific Qualifications

Minimum five years of experience in fire service. Minimum three years of experience as a fire officer including fire ground command, EMS, training program development and coordination experience in a similar department. Associates degree in fire science or equivalent training and experience. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Possess or obtain within two years, Fire Officer I certification. Possess or obtain within two years, Fire Inspector I certification. Possess Firefighter II certification. Possess and maintain a Hazardous Materials – Operations Level certification. Possess Fire Instructor I and/or Emergency Medical Services Instructor. Iowa EMT Certification required. Possess current BCLS. Additional fire certifications may be required within one year of hire. Full qualification requirements are included in the application. The candidate will undergo a pre-employment background, physical, and drug screen.

How to Apply

Submit a Hiawatha Employment Application online.                                                   

Paper applications are also available at the City of Hiawatha City Hall (101 Emmons Street, Hiawatha, IA 52233) or can be requested at 319-393-1515. A current job description is available on request.

Application are due to the City of Hiawatha City Hall, City Clerks Office,101 Emmons Street,Hiawatha,IA.52233 by Friday, January 21, 2022 at 4:00 P.M.

Candidates who have previously submitted applications with the City of Hiawatha or Hiawatha Fire Department MUST RESUBMIT AN APPLICATION DURING THE CURRENT APPLICATION PERIOD.  

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Fire and EMS Volunteer

Job Summary

Are you looking for a way to serve the community in a meaningful, fulfilling manner? The Hiawatha Fire Department is in search of people who want to make a difference in the community!  Volunteer Firefighters help their neighbors by responding to fire, medical and other service calls. Initial fire training is provided free of charge, with ongoing training twice a month.  Firefighters are assigned to crews that are on duty together. Those crews assist in taking care of the fire station and equipment. They help in other ways too- by participating in fire prevention activities and doing standby at community events. 

Volunteering with the fire department is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people, and serve the community in a meaningful, fulfilling way.  

Specific Qualifications

Candidates are required to complete pre-employment, post offer physical, drug screen, and background check. Full list of duties and qualifications can be found on job description.

How to Apply

Complete a Hiawatha Employment Application online.

Applications are also available at the City of Hiawatha City Hall, 101 Emmons Street, Hiawatha, IA. 52233, or by calling 319-393-1515. All paper copy applications should be returned to the City Hall address attention City Clerk.

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The City of Hiawatha is an equal opportunity employer.