DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The Davenport Fire Department is looking for new recruits. The application portion of the process began Friday, September 30, 2016 and runs through Friday, October 28, 2016.
The entire recruitment process usually occurs every two years and takes about five months. To qualify, recruits must be 21-years-old when appointed and have a high school diploma or GED.
Recruits have to pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) orientation, the CPAT test, a written test, an interview, and an “extensive” background check.
Within the first year of being appointed, new hires must become a resident of Scott or Eastern Muscatine County, obtain an Iowa Chauffer’s driver’s license and an Emergency Medical Technician certification.
“Recruitment processes are always critical to think about the future of the fire department,” said Davenport Fire Chief, Lynn Washburn. “Every two years we go through a recruitment process. Our current recruitment list did expire on September 17th so we need to establish a new list so, as openings occur, we can hire to fill those positions.”
After completing these tests, recruits are placed on the certified eligibility list. The list is valid for two years.
“We want our department to reflect our community,” said Chief Washburn. “So anyone who is 21 years of age who wants a challenging career that allows them to interact with the community and, on a daily basis, to provide protection and help teach them how to be safe and is interested in that challenge, then we want them to be with us.”
The first workshop is Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Fire Training Center on Fairmount Street in Davenport.