You MUST READ this before continuing with the application
Completing this application is your FIRST STEP in consideration as an applicant. The application servers as a way to determine if you can follow directions.
You MUST follow these directions:
1. Complete all questions and fill in all of the blanks on the forms.
2. Turn in every document with the application. An application will not be accepted if any of the documents are missing.
3. All information must be TRUTHFUL, ACCURATE, and UP-TO-DATE.
If any portion of the application or the required documentation is missing, the application will NOT be considered for employment until complete.
If any portion of the application of the required documentation is incorrect or false, the application will NOT be considered further for employment.
ABOUT THE WESTERN LAKES FIRE DISTRICT
The Western Lakes Fire District (WLFD) provides fire, rescue, and emergency medical services to ten municipalities in Waukesha, Dodge, and Jefferson counties. WLFD proudly serves the Town of Ashippun, Town of Concord, Village of Dousman, Village of Lac La Belle, City of Oconomowoc, Town of Oconomowoc, Town of Ottawa, Town of Sullivan, Village of Sullivan, and the Village of Summit. WLFD serves over 34,000 residents and covers close to 158 square miles with an annual call volume of approximately 3,200 calls.
WLFD employs tem full-time personnel and approximately 130 part-time and paid-on-call personnel. Four stations are located to provede the best service to the communities and include: Pabst Station #1, 1400 Oconomowoc Parkway in the City of Oconomowoc; Dousman Station #2 at 107 S. Main St in the Village of Dousman; Oconomowoc Station #3 at 212 S. Concord Rd in the City of Oconomowoc; and Sullivan Station #4 at 912 Front Street in the Village of Sullivan.
The starting hourly rate for probationary part time personnel is $7.25 per hour for untrained, in-district candidates and $10.25 per hour for probationary candidates that have completed either Firefighter I or EMT – Basic. After a one year probationary period, and certification as a Firefighter I and/or EMT, the hourly rate increases to $17.50 per hour base rate. If previously certified, the hourly rate will take effect after an orientation period. Additional hourly incentives are offered to personnel who either advance EMS levels or get promoted to a company officer.
The hourly standby rate for part-time personnel is $7.25 per hour for weekday coverage and $10.25 for weekend coverage. Calls are paid at the paid-on-call rate.
Part-time and paid-on-call personnel are offered a competitive hourly rate, participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System (if hourly requirements are met), paid educational opportunities, and access to the fire station’s workout facilities.
Staying proficient and a Firefighter/EMT requires significant time and dedication to keep skills sharp, therefore, personnel are required to attend a specified number of training hours annually. There are also skill requirements for both firefighters and EMTs which must be met on a yearly basis. Pool EMTs must also work a minimum of 24 hours per month on the EMS schedule, which scheduled EMT’s work about 72 hours a month.
For new Firefighter/EMTs, the training begins with courses taken at an approved Wisconsin Technical College.
Firefighters will be enrolled in the Firefighter I course which is approximately 128 hours. The course instructs the student in the basics of firefighting and provides the opportunity to demonstrate and practice the basic skills. The course is approximately 40% classroom instruction and 60% hands-on practical skill application.
EMTs will be enrolled in the EMT course which is approximately 180 hours. The course gives students the skills to assess and manager a variety of medical illnesses and traumatic injuries, CPR, airway management, bleeding and shock, emergency childbirth, and automatic external defibrillation are just a few of the topics covered. The course is approximately 160 hours in a classroom setting, and 20 hours of clinical experience at area hospitals.
For both courses there are written and practical examinations that must be passed before a certification or license can be obtained.
Fighting fire, participating in medical calls, and rescue work are physically demanding duties. Candidates must be in excellent health and have no conditions which would restrict their ability to safely perform these duties. These conditions must be met at the time of application and must be maintained throughout the application process. Along with the physical requirements, other requirements are as follows:
- Minimum age: 18 (At the time that you apply)
- Must have a valid Wisconsin Driver’s License, with a reasonable driving record and NO DWI/DUI convictions within three years of applying. (DMV reports will be acquired during a background check and individuals with an excessively poor driving record and/or DWI/DUI convictions within three years will not be considered for hire.)
- Must have a High School diploma or a GED equivalent.
- Must pass a physical examination and drug screen.
- Applicants must NOT have been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor. (Criminal background checks will be run before a final job offer is made. The Western Lakes Fire District reserves the right to use a criminal background check as a tool in making final decisions with regard to hiring. The Fire District is a public service and must keep the public’s best interests in mind.)
- Must be a United States citizen or alien who can provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States.
- Residency: No residency requirements presently exist for part-time or paid-on-call applicants.
- COMPLETE APPLICATION ACCURATELY
- Applications can be picked up at any of the Western Lakes Fire District’s stations, or printed from the this website. Completed applications can be hand delivered, mailed, faxed, or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- You MUST furnish copies of your:
- Social Security Card
- Driver’s License
- High School diploma (or transcript showing completion of all requirements) or GED equivalent
- College diploma or transcript (if applicable)
- Military discharge Form DD-214 (if applicable)
- PARTICIPATE IN AN ORAL PANEL INTERVIEW WITH WLFD PERSONNEL
- After reviewing the application and supporting documentation, the applicant will be asked to participate in an in-depth oral interview with WLFD staff.
- COMPLETE A BACKGROUND AND REFERENCE CHECK
- PARTICIPATE IN A CREW RIDE ALONG WITH WLFD PERSONNEL
- Selected applicants will participate in a ride along with a WLFD EMS crew. This will allow the applicant to learn about the Western Lakes Fire District while continuing the interview process.
- PARTICIPATE IN AN ORAL INTERVIEW WITH WLFD CHIEF OFFICERS
- Applicants recommended for employment from the previous steps of the process will be scheduled to participate in an oral interview with a panel of Western Lakes Fire District Chief Officers.
- PHYSICAL EXAM AND DRUG SCREEN
- Once WLFD has calculated the oral interview results, candidates selected for employment will receive a job offer contingent on passing a thorough background investigation, physical examination, and drug screen. Candidates will be scheduled for a complete physical examination and drug screen through Occupational Health. Upon satisfactory completion of the background check, physical exam, and drug test, a final offer of employment will be made.
CHECK OFF SHEET
Tear off Pages 1-4 and keep for your records. Make one complete copy of the application after filling it out. Keep a copy for your records and turn in the original application and your other documentation.
- Investigation Authorization
- Personal Information
- Education and Training
- References (minimum of three)
- Employment History (minimum of 10 years)
- Criminal History
- Signature and Date
- Copy of Social Security Card
- Copy of Driver’s License
- Copy of High School Diploma (or Transcript) or GED
- Copy of College Diploma (or Transcript) (if applicable)
- Copy of Criminal History Records (if applicable)
- Military Discharge Form DD-214 (if applicable)
ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION UPON JOB OFFER
- Copy of State of Wisconsin EMT License or NREMT
- Copy of Additional EMS Certifications (if applicable)
- Copy of CPR Certification (if applicable)
- Copy of Firefighter Certifications (if applicable)
- Copy of Driver/Operator Certifications (if applicable)
NOTE: Out of state EMTs must possess NREMT certification in order to be eligible for Wisconsin licensure. Out of state firefighter and driver/operator certifications must contain an IFSAC seal.