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.

 

Eligibility RequirementsCauses for DisqualificationHiring ProcessPhysical Ability

 

 

If you have an interest in joining our team, please check the Town of Prosper Human Resources Department for employment opportunities and to fill out an application.

 

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:

  • Currently on probation or indictment for any criminal offense
  • Other convictions will be considered case by case
  • Discharge from the military under less than honorable conditions including:
    • Bad Conduct
    • Dishonorable
    • Other than honorable condition
    • Any other characterization of service indicating bad character
  • An incomplete or falsified application
  • Drug Use
  • The use of marijuana or marijuana substitutes recreationally within the past 12 months.
  • Selling or distribution of any drug illegally, or sold or distributed any illegal drug.
  • Use of hallucinogens, narcotics of abuse such as crack, crank, cocaine, methamphetamine, ice, heroin, ecstasy, bath salts, or a related drug.
  • Misuse of prescription medications on a case by case basis (taken medication from family member one time for a specific ailment).
  • Intentional misuse of product on a case by case basis, i.e. tetraflouroethane (propellant in compressed air).
  • Driving Record
  • Your driver’s license is currently under suspension or revocation.
  • You are not able to obtain a valid Class B Texas Driver’s License.
  • Your driving record contains three or more moving violations or two at-fault vehicle accidents within the past two years.
  • You’ve been convicted within the past three years of any of the following:
    • DUI / DWI or other chemical substance-related driving
    • Hit and Run
    • Failure to stop and render aid at the scene of an accident
    • Failure to disclose identification at the scene of an accident
    • Negligent manslaughter involving a motor vehicle

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:

  1. The physical agility test is a fire suppression exercise in which you are required to perform a number of physical tasks which firefighters often perform when combating a structural fire. This exercise begins with pulling a 1 ¾” charged hose a distance of 100’ feet and place the nozzle on the ground at a predetermined mark. You are then required to climb and descend a 35′ (foot) ladder while keeping both hands and feet on the ladder. 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 sledge hammer. 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)

Applicant cannot move to next task until the task at hand is complete. Failure to complete a specific task will constitute failure of the test.

General Information:

  1. Each event will be timed by proctors using a stop watch.
  2. 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 departments gear.
  3. Failure to complete any event will constitute failure of the test.
  4. 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