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Newton Fire/EMS Department
Proud to Serve the Citizens of Newton and the Surrounding Area.
ENTRY LEVEL FIREFIGHTER/EMT and FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC
The Newton Fire/EMS Department is dedicated to a constant pursuit of excellence in the provision of quality fire, rescue, medical and other individualized services to those in need.
The Newton Fire/EMS Department officially started service in January 1997. This new department was the result of the merger of the Newton Fire Department and the Newton Ambulance Department. In 1997 the Fire Department had completed 100 proud years as a paid department and was recognized as an excellent department. The Ambulance Department had completed 27 proud years as a separate EMS, and also had a fine reputation – including being the first EMS in the state to provide paramedic level care. Since the two departments had always worked together before 1997, the city commissioners thought it logical to combine the departments into one. The Fire/EMS Department has continued to build on the fine traditions that both previous departments had. WE DO IT ALL – WE DO IT WELL.
The Fire/EMS Department currently has 43 full time employees and 1 part time employee. The line personnel are divided into three shifts that work a 24-hour on and 48 hours off rotation. The Department provides fire service to the cities of Newton and North Newton, and also to the townships of Newton, Macon, and Darlington. EMS and rescue service is provided to these same areas and also to most of the eastern half of Harvey County.
THE BENEFITS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CAREER
The benefits associated with this career are unsurpassed. Newton Fire/EMS along with the City of Newton, offer competitive wages, excellent major medical, dental, cancer and accidental insurance. We offer paid vacation and sick leave, retirement opportunities under Kansas Police and Fire Retirement System (KP&F), cafeteria plan, and a deferred compensation plan. Newton Fire/EMS is able to provide the services they do with up to date and reliable equipment and apparatus. The greatest benefit of all is one of no monetary value: the benefit of helping others in times of need.
With the ever-changing world around us, this career choice will never remain stagnant. No two calls are exactly the same. As construction methods and practices change, so too must our abilities to extinguish fires within these structures. As long as there are people on the face of the earth, there will be a need for pre-hospital care. The future of healthcare in our country is changing everyday, and with these changes there will continue to be high demand for quality out of hospital advanced care. Newton Fire/EMS Paramedics and EMT’s take great pride in being considered an integral part of the healthcare community.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
“We pledge equal access to employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin or disability.”
JOB REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:
- Current Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (EMT-B) or Kansas Mobile Intensive Care Technician (MICT) certification.
- Current State Affirmation of Firefighter I through Kansas University or equivalent.
- High School/GED diploma.
- Residency requirement.
- Applicants are required to take aptitude and physical agility tests and participate in an assessment center.
- Following a conditional offer of employment, applicant must pass drug screen and physical exam.
- Applicant must pass criminal background check.
THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR/QUALITIES CONSIDERED IN AN APPLICANT FOR THIS POSITION INCLUDE:
- Personality Individuals are expected to become a member of a close knit team that works together for 24 hours at a time. For many individuals, this is more time than is spent with their own families. Therefore an applicants personality is strongly considered to determine whether he/she can work as part of a team.
- Moral/Ethics All applicants are assessed to determine their moral/ethical fiber. Only individuals which posses a strong moral/ethical foundation will be considered for hire. Extensive background checks are performed on selected candidates prior to consideration for hiring.
- Communication Applicants should possess strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills. While face to face communication is the best form, much of the communication practiced within this field is that of written, telephone, computer generated or non-verbal.
- Problem Solving Persons interested in this career field should possess good problem solving skills and be able to perform under mental, physical and emotional pressures as well as extreme scrutiny.
CITY OF NEWTON FIRE/EMS EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PACKAGE
Note: The following is an overview and may not be a complete listing.
- Life Insurance
- Paid family membership to the Newton Wellness Center
- Health Insurance
- Prescription plan
- Accident & Life plan
- Dental Insurance
- Cancer Insurance
- Credit Union membership
- 457 Deferred Compensation plan available
- Retirement plan
- Paid vacation
- Paid sick leave
- Longevity pay plan
- Paid holidays
- Entry level salary $29,371 to $30,686
- Firefighter’s Relief Association, includes AD and D policy
- 24/48 hour work schedule
- Promotional opportunities
- Voluntary paid recall opportunities
WHAT HIGH SCHOOL COURSES WOULD HELP PREPARE A PERSON FOR A JOB IN THIS FIELD?
A good broad based education is key with an increasing need for bi or multi-lingual employees. Therefore, one or more foreign languages would assist you in this career. Furthermore, English, Communication, Science and Mathematics are cornerstone elements of everyday activities and responsibilities of this job.
In order to gain employment, a candidate needs to obtain the aforementioned certification pre-requisites. If assistance is needed, contact your local Fire, EMS or Fire/EMS Department for more information. If you have further questions or comments, please contact:
200 East Third
Newton, KS 67114
To learn more about the Newton Fire Department please visit http://www.newtonkansas.com/dep/fir/fir.html