The application period for Entry-level and Lateral Paramedics is May 18 – July 15, 2022. Please visit the Paramedic FAQ webpage for a list of frequently asked questions.
Have you ever considered a career in the fire service? YOU SHOULD.
West Pierce Fire & Rescue has many different career paths, including administration, IT, fleet mechanic, facilities maintenance and firefighting. For more information or to view current employment opportunities, please visit our employment page. To view job descriptions for all entry-level positions, please click here. For those interested in becoming a firefighter, there are additional various resources available below.
Resources how to physically and mentally prepare to become a firefighter:
Fire Rescue 1
National Volunteer Fire Council
National Volunteer Fire Council’s Volunteer Fire Service Culture
Physical Training in the Fire Service
Learn more about why physical training is so important, not only during recruit academy, but before, during and after.
Recruit Academy and what it’s like:
The first 13 weeks of a new firefighter’s career is spent in recruit academy learning the trade. Take a look into what recruit academy looks like and hear from past recruits and their experiences.
National firefighter testing websites:
Public Safety Testing
West Pierce Fire & Rescue does not have a volunteer firefighter program. However, there are various agencies within Pierce County that do have volunteer programs and information can be found at each of their respective websites. For those interested in the emergency medical side of firefighting, there are private ambulance companies that serve Pierce County regularly. They do not have volunteer programs.
Private ambulance companies in Pierce County:
There are various local training programs available around the fire service and emergency medicine.
Local training programs in Pierce County:
Bates Technical College has a Fire Science Program for those interested in the fire service. This includes courses in hazardous materials training, Emergency Medical Technician training, wildland firefighting, and a firefighter recruit academy.
Pierce College also provides EMS training and certifications and courses in Fire Command and Administration.
Tacoma Community College (TCC) provides career training in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic training.