Cumberland Fire District - Probationary Firefighter

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Department Cumberland Fire District
Job TitleProbationary Firefighter
Registration Fee$50.00
Location Cumberland, RI

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Cumberland Fire District, RI Public Safety Jobs




  • US Citizen or US-INS qualified for employment
  • Minimum age 18, Maximum age 39 (must not have reached age 40 prior to conditional offer of employment).
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Proof of successfully completing the Rhode Island Fire Chief’s Physical Performance Assessment Testing within the past year. (A registration receipt for April 2020 testing will be accepted)
  • Possess a valid and active driver’s license. Must remain valid throughout application process.
  • Possess a valid and active Rhode Island Emergency Medical Technician Cardiac license. Must remain valid throughout application process.
  • American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider Certification. Must remain valid throughout application process.
  • A non-refundable processing fee of $50 is due at time of application submission.


A photocopy of the following documents MUST be submitted with your application:

  • Birth certificate or US Passport or Naturalization Papers.
  • Active and valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.
  • Active and valid EMT-Cardiac or higher License.
  • Rhode Island Firefighter Physical Performance Assessment Testing Certificate issued by the Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs. A registration receipt for April 2020 testing will be accepted)
  • Driver’s license check (obtained within 90 days prior to application)
  • High school diploma or GED certificate
  • Current American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider certification.
  • Copies of all fire service credentials and certificates.


  • Successful completion of a Federal and State background investigation.
  • Successful completion of medical exam.
  • Successful completion of drug screening.
  • Successful completion of psychological evaluation.


  • Untruthfulness or the omission of information on any application, interview or paperwork associated with the hiring process 
  • Failure to meet the minimum requirements.
  • Dishonorable discharge from any military service (less than honorable discharges will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis)
  • Incarceration for the conviction of a misdemeanor offense 
  • A conviction of any of the following: 
    • Any felony or crime of moral turpitude 
    • A domestic violence related offense including any misdemeanor offense against a domestic partner, spouse, child, or parent 
    • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, eluding police, drag racing or reckless driving, or criminal leaving the scene of an accident; within the last five years
    • The sale, distribution, or possession of illegal drugs


  • Rhode Island or ProBoard NFPA 1001 Firefighter I certification. 5 POINTS
  • Rhode Island or ProBoard NFPA 1001 Firefighter II certification. 5 POINTS
  • An active, full-time firefighter of an agency outside the Town of Cumberland. A full-time firefighter is considered the have worked at least 2,080 hours during the previous year (time off due to vacations and illness or injury are included in calculation). 1 POINT PER YEAR OF SERVICE UP TO 5 POINTS
  • Proof (valid DD214) of Honorable Discharge from the Armed Forces. 5 POINTS


  1. Written application with required documents submitted.
  2. Written examination held. A minimum score of 70% is required for to move onto the next step.
  3. The candidates with the top (25) twenty-five scores will have an oral interview.
  4. The candidates written and oral scores will be averaged. Merit points will be added to the averaged score. A minimum score of 70 is necessary to be placed on the eligibility list. Eligibility list candidates are ranked by score.


  • The written examination will be a 100 question multiple-choice examination.
  • There will be a two-hour time limit for the examination.
  • Source material for examination comes from two sources:
    • 20% from current edition of Rhode Island Prehospital Care Protocols and Standing Orders.
      • Edition effective August 1, 2011 with all updates up to date of examination. Paramedic protocol questions excluded.
      • Available online at


Consistent with NFPA 1582 and Cumberland Fire Department Policies and Procedures.

  1. While wearing personal protective ensembles and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), performing firefighting tasks (e.g., hose line operations, extensive crawling, lifting and carrying heavy objects, ventilating roofs or walls using power or hand tools, forcible entry), rescue operations, and other emergency response actions under stressful conditions including working in extremely hot or cold environments for prolonged time periods
  2. Wearing an SCBA, which includes a demand valve–type positive-pressure face piece or HEPA filter masks, which requires the ability to tolerate increased respiratory workloads
  3. Exposure to toxic fumes, irritants, particulates, biological (infectious) and non-biological hazards, and/or heated gases, despite the use of personal protective ensembles and SCBA
  4. Climbing six or more flights of stairs while wearing a fire protective ensemble, including SCBA, weighing at least 50 lb. (22.6 kg) or more and carrying equipment/tools weighing an additional 20 to 40 lb. (9 to 18 kg)
  5. Wearing a fire protective ensemble, including SCBA, that is encapsulating and insulated, which will result in significant fluid loss that frequently progresses to clinical dehydration and can elevate core temperature to levels exceeding 102.2°F (39°C)
  6. While wearing personal protective ensembles and SCBA, searching, finding, and rescue-dragging or carrying victims ranging from newborns to adults weighing over 200 lb. (90 kg) to safety despite hazardous conditions and low visibility
  7. While wearing personal protective ensembles and SCBA, advancing water-filled hose lines up to 2 ½ inch (65 mm) in diameter from fire apparatus to occupancy [approximately 150 ft (50 m)], which can involve negotiating multiple flights of stairs, ladders, and other obstacles
  8. While wearing personal protective ensembles and SCBA, climbing ladders, operating from heights, walking or crawling in the dark along narrow and uneven surfaces that might be wet or icy, and operating in proximity to electrical power lines or other hazards
  9. Unpredictable emergency requirements for prolonged periods of extreme physical exertion without benefit of warm-up, scheduled rest periods, meals, access to medication(s), or hydration
  10. Operating fire apparatus or other vehicles in an emergency mode
  11. Critical, time-sensitive, complex problem solving during physical exertion in stressful, hazardous environments, including hot, dark, tightly enclosed spaces, that is further aggravated by fatigue, flashing lights, sirens, and other distractions
  12. Ability to communicate (give and comprehend verbal orders) while wearing personal protective ensembles and SCBA under conditions of high background noise, poor visibility, and drenching from hose lines and/or fixed protection systems (sprinklers)
  13. Functioning as an integral component of a team, where sudden incapacitation of a member can result in mission failure or in risk of injury or death to civilians or other team members
  14. Perform all of the functions of an Emergency Medical Technician Cardiac Level in line with the Rhode Island Department of Health Protocols, rules, regulations and General Orders.

The Cumberland Fire District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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