Pleasant Prairie Fire & Rescue Department

Employment

The Village of Pleasant Prairie Fire & Rescue Department employs full-time, part-time, and Paid-on-Call (POC) staff.

Full-Time
The fire department maintains a list of qualified applicants that meet the department's preliminary requirements. When a full-time position becomes available, the next individual on the list is contacted to continue the process. Applications for full-time positions are taken when a posting is announced. Typically, the eligibly list is active for one year. You must meet all of the requirements at time of application. The requirements for full-time Firemedic position are:

  • NFPA Firefighter I (eligible for reciprocity to WI FF I)
  • NFPA Firefighter II (preferred)
  • WI Paramedic or NREMT-P (eligible for WI licensure)                              
  • Valid Wisconsin driver’s license
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Valid CPAT (see details below)

 

Part-Time

The requirements for part-time employment are the same as those for full-time employment with the exception of the paramedic (EMT-P) requirement. Part-time employees are required to be at minimum a WI licensed EMT-Basic. Part-time hours are not guaranteed and may vary from week to week depending on staffing requirements. Typically, part-time positions are allotted no more than 28-30 hours per week, Monday - Sunday. Applications are taken on an ongoing basis.

Paid-On-Call (POC)
The Fire & Rescue Department maintains a staff of Paid-on-Call members. Commonly referred to as POCs, these "paid volunteers" are considered Village employees. POCs are paid for all trainings and for calls to which they respond to. POCs carry a pager and respond to the station for fire, EMS and other call types. They are trained to become Wisconsin State certified Firefighter II (FF II) and Wisconsin licensed Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B) through Gateway Technical College (GTC). As time and training continue, many POCs go on and take more advanced training such as Driver/Operator-Pumper & Driver/Operator-Aerial and even EMT-Paramedic. Many individuals utilize this as a stepping stone to a full-time fire service career, whereas others find membership a rewarding way to serve their community. Applications are taken continuously. There are minimum requirements for becoming a POC member, these are highlighted below:

                              

  • Residency - Paid on Call members must reside within 15 miles of Village boundaries*
  • Valid Wisconsin driver’s license
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Valid CPAT (not required for application submission)

 

*Note: With the recent WI state statue amendment concerning residency, this is currently under review.

 

CPAT - Testing
Candidate Physical Ability Test or "CPAT" is conducted and issued by a licensed agency. CPAT was developed after years of research and input from an international committee comprised of IAFF and IAFC members. The test requires firefighter candidates to engage in the following activities:

  • Stair climb
  • Hose drag
  • Equipment carry
  • Ladder raise & extension
  • Forcible entry
  • Search & Rescue
  • Ceiling breach & pull

Review the video to learn more details about CPAT testing. Additional informational links are provided below.

Two nearby agencies who are licensed to conduct the CPAT evaluation are:

 

Hiring Process

  1. Application submission (along with certificates and other credentials)
  2. Written evaluation - National Firefighter Selection Test
  3. Interview - conducted with department Chief Officers and select senior staff.
  4. Police & Fire Commission interview
  5. Pre-employment evaluations - comprise of a background check, psychological evaluation, and medical assessment, and a valid CPAT certification.

Following successful completion of the hiring process, new members of the department will undergo training to become familiar with department policies and procedures. This training is completed in an academy-style setting.

Applications
The Application process is managed by the Village Human Resources department. please click here for details on application submission.

 

Contact Us

If after reviewing the provided material, there are Fire or EMS related questions or concerns, You may contact us at the following e-mail address: fireandrescue@plprairie.com or by phone at 262-694-8027.

Should you have a specific HR related question or concern, please Click here.

Our mailing address is:

Pleasant Prairie Fire & Rescue Department

8044-88th Avenue

Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158