The Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department is now accepting Firefighter applications. The minimum eligibility requirements are:
- You must be a KCMO resident who lives within KCMO city limits at time of application and appointment.
- You must be 18 years of age by March 8, 2019.
- You must not have turned 30 years of age prior to March 8, 2019.
- You must be a high school graduate (or possess a state-issued GED/HiSET). UPDATE: Now conditionally accepting May/June 2019 high-school graduates.
- You must possess a valid driver’s license at time of application and appointment.
Minorities, women and active military personnel are encouraged to apply.
Applications can be submitted online at kcmo.gov/careers.
Hard copy applications can be picked up and submitted at City of KCMO, Human Resources Dept., 414 E. 12th St., 12th Floor, KCMO, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hard copy applications can also be picked up at Fire Headquarters, 635 Woodland, Suite 2100, KCMO, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., but CANNOT be submitted at this location.
Information must be clearly specified in application materials. If applying online, be sure to enter driver’s license information. Making a copy and attaching to your application materials is also advised.
The application process is as follows:
The submission window is from Jan. 8, 2019 to March 8, 2019.
After the submission is made the Human Resource Department will notify all eligible applicants of the time and place for taking the entry test consisting of 3 parts: Reading Ability Exam, Entry Level Firefighter Test, and Candidate Self-report. It is a pass/fail test.
Once the exams have been graded, Human Resources will then create the eligibility list to be sent – the Firefighter list at this time is not ordered by rank since the exam is pass/fail, they are all ordered alphabetically. Those who have passed are invited to participate in the interview process.
The interview process response will be graded to create a ranking listing of candidates. For those who are selected after the interviews for potential hire, they will need to pass their background check and a drug screen/physical.
This part of the process can take until about May 2019 to complete. The eligible list is good for 2 years, and the Fire Department will continue to recruit from that list until it expires. The ranking list of candidates will be used to offer admittance to the Fire Academy Cadet Class for training.
The Academy Instruction contains the following:
The process is 20 weeks long with 2 weeks after graduation dedicated to EMS protocols and city geography. Here is the summary of training events. Week 1: Introduction to fire academy/CPAT(Candidate Physical Ability Test) on 2nd day of academy/Fitting for fire gear and uniform clothing. Those that fail CPAT will retest 4 weeks after the initial test, if they fail a second time they will test again 4 weeks after the second attempt.
Week 2-11: EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) class from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM followed by physical work out after that. Every Saturday during this time hands on skills testing for the practical side of the EMT testing is done. This would involve medical and trauma assessments.
Week 12-20: Classroom training time in the morning 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM over firefighter 1 and 2 training to earn certification. The afternoon and weekends are practical/hands on skills (raising ladders, firefighting live burns, extrication, cutting holes in roofs etc.)
Week 21-22: KCFD Protocol overview and testing. During this time information about city geography is given as much as possible.
This is skilled firefighting work in preventing, combating, and extinguishing fires, in answering emergency calls, and in the operation of departmental equipment and the routine custodial maintenance of quarters.
Work involves training for and participating in duties of protecting life and property through the performance of firefighting, rescue and emergency medical activity. Employees of this class are required to learn and participate in the operation of apparatus and performance of hazardous tasks under emergency conditions, which may require strenuous exertion under such handicaps as smoke, fire, heat, and cramped surroundings. Although firefighting, emergency rescue work and emergency medical care constitute the primary and more responsible areas of work, the major portion of assigned work is spent drilling and studying firefighting methods, evolutions, and techniques, as well as routine duties in the custodial care and minor maintenance of departmental facilities, apparatus, and equipment. Work is usually performed in accordance with explicit instructions and well defined procedures; however, performance of the work requires initiative, thorough understanding of firefighting and prevention principles and methods, and emergency medical care.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Responds to alarms of fires or other emergencies with a pumper or ladder company; operates assigned pumps, aerial ladders and auxiliary equipment; lays and connects hose; holds nozzles and directs fog, chemical, and water streams; raises and climbs ladders; uses chemical extinguishers, bars, hooks, lines, and related equipment.
- Responds to emergency calls for drowning’s, inhalator cases, accidents and natural or other catastrophes; removes persons from danger; administers emergency medical care per procedures prescribed by Emergency Medical Services Director and to the individual’s standard of training.
- Participates in fire drills and attends classes in firefighting, emergency medical care, and related subjects; inspects buildings and premises for compliance with fire prevention ordinances, for pre-planning and familiarization activities, and delivers public education material.
- Performs general custodial work in the upkeep of departmental apparatus, equipment and structures; cleans and washes walls and floors; washes, hangs, and dries hose; washes, cleans and polishes apparatus.
- Participates in special details for pumping flooded basements, tracing dangerous gas leaks or smoke.
- When assigned to airport duty as a member of the fire and rescue squad, responds to all aircraft emergencies, such as potential hazardous landings, aircraft fires, crashes, and airport structural fires; receives specialized training for aircraft familiarization and firefighting techniques applicable to combating aircraft fires and crashes.
- Performs related duties as required.
Some knowledge of:
- The street system, physical layout, and principal buildings of Kansas City, Missouri.
- Learn a variety of firefighting duties, evolutions, and methods, including the operation of firefighting apparatus within a reasonable working test period. Climb ladders and work at considerable heights.
- Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
- Perform arduous tasks frequently under strenuous and adverse conditions.
Education and Experience
Requires high school diploma or GED.
Certificates/ Licenses/Special Requirements
Ability to meet such medical and physical standards as may be required at time of appointment. Must be at least 18 years of age by the application deadline. No person shall be appointed if such person is more than 30 years of age on the last date that applications are accepted by the Human Resource Department for such positions during the recruitment period that is prior to the assembling of an eligibility list for the position. In computing the age of a person, the total length of the time that the person has previously served as a member of the Fire Department may be deducted from the person’s actual age. This shall not apply to a person over 45 years of age. Must possess a valid driver’s license at time of application and within 9 months of employment must possess and maintain a valid state of Missouri driver’s license. Must take and pass state Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) examination along with obtaining a Kansas City defibrillator license issued by the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department to graduate from the fire academy and maintain the currency of both licenses.
Work is performed under close supervision.
Note: This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. Reasonable accommodation will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. The City of Kansas City has the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description is not to be construed as a contract for employment. For more information, visit kcmo.gov/careers or call 816-513-4697 or 816-513- 1903.