City offers chance for more firefighters

Joseph Grant
Staff Writer

SWEETWATER — A notice was posted at City Hall on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 9 a.m. in accordance with Section 143.024 of the Texas Fire and Police Civil Service Law. The notice is the announcement of a firefighter entrance exam to develop a firefighters hire list for the city of Sweetwater.
Applications will be accepted through the Texas Workforce Commission Office. The office is located at 1105 Bell Street Sweetwater, Texas. Interested parties may also e-mail Civil Service Director, Lisa Adames at All applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017.
A written exam will take place the following Monday, March 27, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. at the Sweetwater Police Department Training Room. The Training Room is located at 400 E. Ave A. Any late arrivals will not be admitted. Applicants who pass the written exam will have further testing in the afternoon.
To qualify, applicants must be 18 to 35 years of age, a high school graduate or have an equivalent GED, possess a valid Texas driver’s license and pass a satisfactory background check. Applicants must also be able to read and write in English. 
If applicants are not certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection Personnel Standards and Education (TCFPPSE), he or she must be eligible for certification by TCFPPSE in the future.
Candidates would preferably possess certification as an EMT-Basic or higher by the Texas Department of Health at time of appointment. At or before the time of entrance exam, applicants shall provide either an EMT Certificate issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services, or evidence of current enrollment in an EMT course approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services. 
Those who are certified as a paramedic by the Texas Department of Health Services or who are certifiable as a paramedic at the time of appointment are preferable. Applicants should note that preference may be given to those candidates who already possess this certification. At or before the entrance exam, applicants will be asked to provide either a paramedic certificate issued by the Texas Department of Health or any evidence of current enrollment in a paramedic course approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
If an applicant has served in the Armed Forces of the United States and has received an honorable discharge, documentation of this discharge must be produced. Honorable discharge forms are DD Form-214.
All applicants must be physically fit and free from any defect, which may adversely affect his or her performance of duty. 
The position is full-time with full benefits. The position calls for the candidate to be on a call-out rotation once per month and to work overtime and on weekends on short notice. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The job grade is 7A and the salary will be $1,207.24 semi-monthly.
The ideal candidate will have some construction experience, such as plumbing, concrete work and have some familiarity with heavy equipment, hand tools, power tools, jack hammers and gas-powered cut-off saws. Candidates must be able to work safely around trenching and excavated sites and in small, confined spaces and must be able to bend, stoop and climb in and out of excavation sites several times per day and be able to walk several miles each day.
Viable candidates must be able to work outside in extreme heat, cold, or rainy weather semi-monthly.
The resulting hire list will remain effective for six months from the date of testing.
Positions will remain open until filled.