Providence - Lateral Firefighter/EMT

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Job Overview

Department Providence Fire Department
Job TitleLateral Firefighter/EMT
Registration Fee$35.00
Location Providence , RI

Job Announcement

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  • Experience as a firefighter with a full time paid fire department at the time of application.
  • Valid motor vehicle operator's license.
  • Rhode Island or Nationally registered EMT-Basic. (must be a RI EMT-Basic before graduation of the academy).
  • Rhode Island or Pro-Board Firefighter I/II certification.
  • Hazardous Materials Operations certification. 
  • Must pass RIAFC Physical Performance Assessment. (valid CPAT or RIAFC PPA within one (1) of application are accepted).
  • Must pass extensive background investigation (including but not limited to; psychological exam, criminal background, medical examination and drug testing).

Training Requirements

  • Successfully complete an eight (8) week Providence Fire Department Training Academy (including but not limited to; Providence Fire Dept. curriculum and physical training).
  • Must obtain Rhode Island EMT-Basic prior to appointment and EMT-Cardiac or Paramedic within thirty-six (36) months after appointment. 

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Salary and Benefits

Training Academy:

  • Forty (40) hours per week for eight (8) weeks, 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday.
  • $20 per hour.
  • Family Healthcare. 

Appointed Firefighter/EMT:

  • Forty-two (42) hours per week, rotating workweek (24 hours on-duty, 48 hours off-duty, 24 hours on-duty, 96 hours off-duty).
  • $956.13 per week. (Additional stipends: $10/week for HAZMAT Ops., $25/week for EMT-Basic or $75/week for EMT-C/Paramedic.
  • Paid holidays, clothing allowance, and increased pay for various assignments. 
  • Family Healthcare.
  • Defined benefit pension plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to apply for the position of lateral firefighter?

Requirements are specified in the current job posting. Firefighting experience must include employment as a full-time paid professional firefighter.

When will the academy start?

The academy is tentatively schedule to begin on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

What if my Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs' Physical Performance Assessment certificate has expired?

We will sponsor and offer a scheduled assessment in March of 2024. Current, within one (1) year, PPA or CPAT certificates will be accepted.

Do I need my Rhode Island EMT at the time of application?

No, you must obtain your Rhode Island EMT-Basic prior to graduating the academy and to be appointed as a firefighter. It is also required that you obtain a Rhode Island EMT-Cardiac or Paramedic within three (3) years of appointment as a firefighter.

What will be included in the training academy curriculum?

The training academy will consist of, but not limited to, Providence Fire Department specific operations such as Standard Operating Procedures, Rules and Regulations, Training Bulletins, and the Incident Command System. Physical training, hands-on exercises, and firefighting and emergency  medical service coursework.

What is the salary range for a Providence firefighter?

 As of July 1, 2024 a newly appointed firefighter will receive a weekly base salary of $956.13, after completion of three (3) years with the department, and EMT-Cardiac certification, the weekly base salary increases to $1,068.62 (as of July 1, 2024), and after completion of five (5) years with the department the weekly base salary increases to $1,459.64 (as of July 1, 2024). Additional weekly stipends for Hazardous Materials Operations ($10), EMT-Basic ($25) or EMT-Cardiac/Paramedic ($75), and Assistant Deputy State Fire Marshal ($25).

Firefighters assigned to the emergency medical services division as a Rescue Technician will receive a weekly base salary of $1,532.63, not including additional stipends.

Further details as to pay and benefits such as healthcare, retirement, longevity, etc. can be found in the collective bargaining agreement between the city of Providence and IAFF local 0799. CBA July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2022 and addendum; July 1 2022 - June 30, 2027.

Are there additional pay incentives or benefits based on years of fire service experience?

No, all newly appointed firefighters to the Providence Fire Department receive the same pay and benefits as detailed in the collective bargaining agreement between the city of Providence and IAFF local 0799.


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