The Waukee Fire Department is a combination department, made up of both full-time and non-full-time employees.
Hiring Needs and Certifications
The Waukee Fire Department typically conducts a hiring process once a year based on vacancies and the general needs of the department. All paid-on-call (POC) staff are required to have IFSAC Firefighter II and EMT certifications through the State of Iowa. Firefighter certifications (Firefighter I, Hazmat Operations and Firefighter II) can be obtained through DMACC or through the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau if already affiliated with a fire department.
The Waukee Fire Department hires both applicants with and without experience or certifications depending on the needs of the department at the time of hiring. When applicants are hired without certifications, the department will provide training to obtain the required certifications; as a general rule, those training sessions take place one to two nights per week for about three months. EMT classes are collegiate-level and are offered through Mercy College or DMACC. A typical EMT class is held two nights a week for three months and totals 140 hours. Students do not need to be affiliated with a department to attend an EMT class.
There is no residency requirement in order to work for the Waukee Fire Department.
When a hiring process begins, the position(s) are posted to the City of Waukee’s online job listing as well as the City’s social media pages and various third-party hiring sites. Sign up for hiring notifications through the City's job portal or on Indeed.com; enter "City of Waukee Fire Department."
To apply for an open position, a complete application as well as copies of relevant certifications must be submitted. Incomplete applications may be thrown out. Following a review of applications, those selected are invited to participate in a standardized written test and physical ability evaluation. Upon successful completion of both the test and the physical ability evaluation, applicants are selected to move forward with an interview process which consists of a panel interview and potentially a Chief’s interview. Any offer of employment that is made is contingent upon a thorough background check and a physical completed at the City’s expense.
How Shifts Work
POC personnel work 12-hour shifts, either from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Typical shifts include routine station duties, responding to calls, assisting with inspections and conducting company-level training. Sleeping quarters are provided to those working 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. POC employees are asked to work one to two shifts per week including at least one weekend shift per month. Employees' input their availability into an online program one month in advance; then shifts are assigned based on your availability.