Employment

OUR MISSION:

The mission of the Prosper Fire Department is to be a model of a successful fire department focusing on the protection of life, property, and the environment.

CORE VALUES:

The Prosper Fire Department is a group of dedicated professionals working together through our commitment to service and excellence. We dedicate ourselves to the safety of our community by providing the highest level of service possible. We strive for constant improvement to better serve the community and each other.

 

Employment Eligibility RequirementsCauses for DisqualificationHiring processPhysical Ability TestVeterans Preference PointsPersonal-History-Statement-3-21-22

 

You can review current Town of Prosper Job openings on the Town of Prosper Human Resources page and also on the TCFP Job Postings page.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of testing.
  • Be a United States citizen and able to prove legal eligibility to work within the United States;
  • Be a high school graduate or possess a GED equivalency certificate;
  • Have a current certification as a “structural firefighter” by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection by the date of the exam;
  • Have a current certification as an EMT-Paramedic or Licensed Paramedic by the Texas Department of State Health Services by the date of the exam;
  • Be able to read, write, and speak the English language;
  • Must pass a comprehensive background investigation and not have any of the disqualifiers established by the Prosper Fire Department.
  • Be able to perform the essential duties of a Firefighter Paramedic and meet all job description requirements.
  • Must successfully complete all pre-employment testing.

CAUSES FOR DISQUALIFICATION:

  1. Citizenship: Must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
  2. Language Requirements: The Applicant has failed to demonstrate his/her ability to read, write, and fluently speak the English language.
  3. Essential Functions of Position: The Applicant is unable to perform the essential functions of the position to which he/she seeks employment.
  4. Physical Ability Test: The Applicant is unable to successfully complete the physical ability test to the requirements of the Prosper Fire Rescue.
  5. Debt Responsibility: The Applicant demonstrates a failure to pay just debts. Candidates will be considered on a case-by-case basis due to the number of variables involved with factors considered including type and number of debts, reason(s) for the bad credit, extenuating circumstances, and the potential for the credit-related problems impacting the applicant’s judgment and integrity.
  6. Felony Conviction: The Applicant has been convicted of conduct that constitutes a felony under State of Federal Law or the Code of Uniform Military Justice.
  7. Felony Conduct Admission: The Applicant has admitted conduct that constitutes a felony under State or Federal Law, or the Code of Uniform Military Justice and/or has accepted probation and/or deferred adjudication for such conduct.
  8. Class A or B Misdemeanor Conviction: The Applicant has been convicted of conduct that constitutes a Class A or Class B Misdemeanor under State or Federal Law or the Code of Uniform Military Justice and/or has accepted probation and/or deferred adjudication for such conduct. (Temporary disqualification for up to five (5) years, dependent upon nature of crime and a demonstrated improvement in judgment.)
  9. Class A or B Misdemeanor Admission: The Applicant has admitted to conduct that constitutes a Class A or Class B Misdemeanor under the Texas Penal Code, equivalent Federal Law or equivalent Code of Uniform Military Justice and/or has accepted probation and/or deferred adjudication for such conduct. (Temporary disqualification until the statute of limitation expires for the applicable violation and the Candidate has demonstrated an appropriate improvement in judgment.)
  10. Moral Turpitude: The Applicant has admitted to conduct involving a crime or act or moral turpitude. Candidates will be considered on a case-by-case basis with factors considered including the nature of the event and the potential for the conduct impacting the applicant’s ability to perform Public Safety duties and uphold the expected conduct and image required of a firefighter. Individuals registered as “sex offenders” will be permanently disqualified.
  11. Pending Criminal Charges: The Applicant currently has pending criminal charges of any type or is on “deferred adjudication” and/or “probation” for a criminal offense other than minor Class C traffic violations. (Temporary disqualification pending the resolution of the criminal charges and/or completion of the deferred adjudication and/or probation requirements and a demonstrated improvement in judgment.)
  12. False or Incomplete Information: The Applicant has made a false statement of a material fact; withheld information, practiced or attempted to practice deception or fraud in his/her application, examination, background investigation, polygraph examination, or a medical examination.
  13. Employment Process Completion: The Applicant has failed to complete or satisfactorily meet the employment process requirement of the Fire Department including, but not limited to, missed appointments, failure to return application package or other necessary paperwork, failure to promptly notify the Fire Department of changes in address or telephone numbers, or otherwise fail to complete the application process
  14. Oral Interview Process: The Applicant has failed to satisfactorily complete the oral interview process, including, but not limited to, any personal or automated interview process. Candidates will be disqualified for failure to verbally communicate effectively and appropriately; failure to demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a Prosper firefighter; failure to present the maturity expected of a Prosper firefighter; failure to accurately and precisely respond to the questions of the interviewers; and failure to demonstrate his/her knowledge of the essential skills, knowledge, and abilities expected of a certified Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic.
  15. Illegal Drug Use: Has used illicit substances as indicated by the following guidelines:
  16. Admission of illegal use of marijuana within the last 12 months.
  17. Admission of abuse or misuse of legally obtained prescription medication(s), or illegal use of the prescription medication(s) of another person. Conduct involving the use, abuse and/or misuse of prescription medication(s) will be considered on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to circumstances and elapsed time since last drug use. (Permanent or temporary disqualification based on circumstances.)
  18. Admission of illegal use of a felony grade substance as defined in the Texas Penal Code. (Temporary disqualification until ten (10) years has passed since last use.)
  19. Admission of illegal use of anabolic steroids or Crack Cocaine. (Temporary disqualification until ten (10) years has passed since last use.)

Admission of the illegal use of one or more of the following common name drugs and/or their chemical analogs (Permanent disqualification):

  • Crystal Methamphetamine or Methamphetamine
  • Heroin
  • OxyContin
  • PCP
  • Ketamine
  • LSD

 

  1. Driving Record: Applicants for positions requiring the operation of Town Vehicles/Equipment, SHALL NOT be eligible for hire if:
  2. The applicant’s driver’s license is currently under suspension or revocation; within the past three (3) years, the applicant has been arrested for or convicted of:
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
  • Any other alcohol-related offense
  • Hit and Run
  • Failure to stop, render aid, and disclose I.D. at the scene of an accident
  • Negligent Manslaughter involving a motor vehicle accident

 

  1. The applicant’s driving record contains any of the following that have occurred within the last two (2) years:
  • Three (3) moving violations
  • Two (2) moving violations and one (1) chargeable vehicle accident
  • Two (2) chargeable vehicle accidents

 

NOTE: All vehicle accidents listed on the driving record shall be considered “chargeable” unless otherwise stated on the record or unless the applicant can provide immediate evidence to show that the accident was non-chargeable.

 

  1. Judgment Issues: The Applicant has exercised poor judgment skills within the preceding five (5) years. The applicant has demonstrated either immaturity or poor judgment in the applicant’s decision-making process. Examples of such conduct would include but are not limited to: attendance at parties or social functions at which controlled substances or dangerous drugs are consumed, and such activity is known or should have been known by the applicant; silent acceptance of known illegal conduct by others in his presence; workplace behavior/decisions that adversely affect the business or associates, with little or no objectivity justifiable need for such behavior; arrests for misdemeanor offenses other than minor traffic violations.
  2. Licensing & Certification: The Applicant has failed to meet all legal requirements necessary for future licensing and certification as required by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  3. Academy Performance: The Applicant has a history of substandard performance and/or negative recommendation or referral from his/her fire and/or EMS training school.
  4. Required Minimal Education: The Applicant has failed to meet and/or provide documentation of the minimal educational

PHYSICAL ABILITY

As part of the selection standards for appointment to the Town of Prosper Fire Department, you will be required to pass a Physical Ability Test provided you have met all prior requirements. The date and time of the test will be announced in advance. The following information is provided for your assistance.

If you have any physical condition which, in the opinion of the Test Administrator, could present a greater than normal possibility of injury, you may be required to obtain a physician’s statement to document your suitability for testing.

The test consists of separate events as described below:

The physical agility test is a fire suppression exercise in which you are required to perform a number of physical tasks that firefighters often perform when combating a structural fire. This exercise begins with climbing a 100’ aerial ladder and identifying a tool from the platform of the aerial.  Once you have descended the ladder you must complete the following tasks within the allotted time:

Pulling a 1 ¾” charged hose a distance of 100 feet and place the nozzle on the ground at a predetermined mark.

You must then carry a section of bound hose up a flight of stairs and back to the floor landing a total of 3 times. After the third climb up the stairs, the candidate will drop the hose on the 2nd-floor landing. Then you are required to pull a full section of dry 2 ½” hose up to and on the second-floor landing of the stairwell using a hand over hand technique. This shall be accomplished while standing stationary with both feet on the landing. You will then descend from the staircase touching every step.

After you descend from the stairwell you are then required to drive the sled 3 feet using an 8-pound sledgehammer.

You must then remove a 14’ (foot) roof ladder from the side of a fire engine and place it on the ground 7’ (feet) or more from the fire engine. You are then required to carry a chain saw and a K12 saw around the fire engine and place them back in the same position as you picked them up.

You must then move a 165-pound dummy a distance of 30’ (feet) using a firefighter’s drag. Your time ends when the dummy completely crosses the marked line.

Each exercise is performed as a continuing series of events without a designated rest period. This does not mean that you may not stop and rest, but if you elect to do so the time continues to run. To successfully complete the test, you must complete all exercises in the time period provided. (Time limit is 7 minutes or 420 seconds) The applicant cannot move to the next task until the task at hand is complete. Failure to complete a specific task will constitute a failure of the test. Each event will be timed by proctors using a stopwatch. You will be required to wear a turnout coat, gloves, helmet, and self-contained breathing apparatus (air pack) while completing each event. These items will be furnished by the fire department. If the applicant owns gear, it may be used in place to the fire department’s gear. Failure to complete any event will constitute a failure of the test. All events will be demonstrated by fire department personnel prior to the test in order to familiarize you with each event.

HIRING PROCESS:

  • Application
  • Written Test
  • Physical Ability
  • Oral Interview
  • Background Check
  • Drug Screen
  • Doctor Physical
  • Interview with the Fire Chief

VETERAN PREFERENCE POINTS

Veteran Preference Points – 5 additional points on a passing exam score; Applicant must score a minimum of 70 percent on the written exam to receive the five points

Prosper Fire Rescue offers veteran preference points to qualified applicants. Qualifying for veteran preference points requires an Honorable Discharge and the submittal of a DD214 demonstrating at least 180 continuous days of Active Duty Status. No other discharge status is accepted.

In order to be considered for these additional points, applicants will be invited to provide a copy of their DD214, which must display boxes 23 through 30. Applicants must also meet the following criteria to be eligible for these points:

1. Electronic submission of a legible copy of the DD214, uploaded to NeoGov in electronic format (PDF, TIFF, DOC, JPEG, etc.). We will not accept paper copies via mail or hand delivery or electronic copies provided outside of NeoGov such as by e-mail.
2. Have an Honorable Discharge. No other discharge status will be accepted.
3. Have served a minimum of 180 days of continuous active duty in any branch/component of the U.S. military.