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Sedgwick County Fire District 1

Sedgwick County Fire District 1

The mission of Sedgwick County Fire District 1 and it's firefighters is o serve the public by protecting life and property, minimizing the impact of fire, and rapidly responding to medical emergencies, potential disasters or uncontrolled events that adversely affect the community and environment.

Sedgwick County is located in south central Kansas and is the second most populated county in the state.  It encompasses an area of 1,008 square miles with a population of over 450,000.  There are 20 cities within Sedgwick County, and Wichita, the largest city in Kansas, is the Sedgwick County seat.  Sedgwick County is home to a number of industries, the most notable of which are aviation-related and have earned the community the title of "Air Capital of the World."  Combined, Cessna, Raytheon, and Bombardier Aerospace supply more than half of the world's general aviation and military aircraft.  And, the Boeing Company produces two-thirds of the world's commercial airliners.  Other industries located in Sedgwick County include Koch Industries, The Coleman Company, Vulcan Chemicals, Via Christi Regional Medical Center, and Wesley Medical Center.  Since 1954, McConnell Air Force Base has been a vital part of the Wichita community.  McConnell AFB is home to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing of the Air Mobility Command, the 931st Air Refueling Group of the Air Force Reserve and 184th Air Refueling Wing of the Kansas Air National Guard.

Sedgwick County is served by nine county fire stations located strategically throughout the county.  All stations are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year by full-time trained firefighters and EMTs.  

Hazardous Materials Team

The Hazardous Materials Team is a joint effort of the Sedgwick County and Wichita Fire Departments to provide a team of firefighters trained to respond to hazardous material emergencies anywhere in Sedgwick County. The team assists with awareness level training for Sedgwick County law enforcement personnel.

Technical Rescue Team
The Technical Rescue Team is a specialized team of firefighters trained to respond to emergency calls requiring confined space, high angle, trench cave-in, swift water/flood or building collapse rescues. The Technical Rescue Teams of Sedgwick County Fire District #1 and Wichita Fire Department respond jointly to provide the highest degree of expertise available in the Sedgwick County area.

Emergency Medical Response
All emergency response personnel are trained (at a minimum) to the level of Emergency Medical Technician; and the firefighters and lieutenants are trained to drive Sedgwick County ambulances to assist Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Service in the delivery of patient care. CPR classes and medical training are provided to civic groups and government agencies. Free blood pressure screenings are available at all stations through the REACH (Respond Early And Control Hypertension) Program.

Sedgwick County Entry-Level Firefighter Minimum Qualifications:

SEDGWICK COUNTY EMPLOYEE BENEFITS. Sedgwick County’s Premier Plan offers employees a way to stretch their benefit dollars.

Flexible Benefits. Sedgwick Premier is a flexible benefit plan. Employees have the opportunity to build personalized benefit plans from a menu of choices. Each year, eligible employees select the benefits that best meet their needs and those of their families.

Sedgwick Premier offers Tax Advantages.Sedgwick Premier benefits may be purchased on a pretax basis without any federal, state or Social Security tax withheld. This allows for a substantial reduction in taxes.

Sedgwick Premier offers Choices. Sedgwick Premier offers employees choices in designing their personalized benefits plan.

RETIREMENT
Employees become members of the Kansas Police and Fire Retirement System (KP&F).

LEAVE and HOLIDAYS
Firefighters accrue between 120 and 216 hours of vacation per year depending upon their length of service and approximately 12 hours of sick leave per month. Sedgwick County employees enjoy legal holidays as established by the Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners.

TUITION REIMBURSEMENT
Sedgwick County offers eligible employees a generous tuition reimbursement program

TRAINING
Sedgwick County maintains an extensive training catalog that offers coursework for several certificate programs. Employees may apply for available classes.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Various referral and counseling services are available for employees and their families.

SEDGWICK COUNTY IS PROUD TO BE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
We value diversity in the workplace. Men and women of all ages, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, religious and political affiliations, national origins, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Sedgwick County does not discriminate against individuals in the admission to, or employment in, county programs or activities. Lindsey Mahoney has been designated to coordinate compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. She may be contacted at Sedgwick County Human Resources, 510 N. Main, Wichita, Kansas 67203; Phone (316) 383-7047; email Lmahoney@sedgwick.gov.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Sedgwick County prohibits the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same department, but not within the County structure. Immediate family and family of the employee's spouse shall be considered husband, wife, son, son-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, mother, mother-in-law, father, father-in-law, grandchildren, grandparents and grandparents-in-law.

Sedgwick County is committed to a Drug-Free Workplace. We conduct pre- and post- employment drug testing. Applicants who refuse to be tested, test positive, or tamper with the test will not be eligible for employment.

Completion of an application does not constitute an employment contract or an offer of employment. Employment with Sedgwick County is considered “at-will”. Employees are subject to all Sedgwick County Policies and Procedures.

No employee of Sedgwick County Fire District 1 (employed after January 1, 1996) shall smoke tobacco in any form, on or off duty. Any covered employee who violates this condition of employment shall be subject to immediate termination.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Linda Holsey
Employment Representative
Sedgwick County Human Resources
Wichita Workforce Center
150 N. Main 67202
Wichita, Kansas
316-771-6644
lholsey@sedgwick.gov
To learn more about Sedgwick County Fire District 1 please visit http://www.sedgwickcounty.org/fire/.