Message from the Fire Chief

I hope that if you are viewing this page that you are interested in working for Penn Fire Territory. We provide exceptional fire department services which requires us to find the right people who are willing and able to serve our community’s needs. We look for excellent candidates who have a desire to be part of a team that provides a wide range of fire, rescue and emergency medical services. The department has undergone drastic changes in the last 10 years: full time staffing, with two Engine companies, one ALS Medic company and a Battalion Chief 24/7, resulting in the hiring of 21 new full-time firefighters, 24 part-time firefighters and command staff; creation of Administrative, Training and EMS Chiefs positions. This is an exciting time to join this incredibly talented, well-trained department. We are looking for Full-Time and Part-Time candidates who will embrace and be catalysts for these and other changes in our department during their careers.

Whether you are looking to come to Penn Fire from another department or hoping to get your first job in the fire service, understand that hiring processes are challenging. Additionally, we understand candidates can experience stress while waiting to hear back between the phases of a hiring process.

Some incredibly important advice for all applicants is have patience. Regardless of the type of process or position we are attempting to fill; we typically receive a significant amount of applications for only a few positions. In order for us to be thorough, fair, and conduct hiring processes in accordance with applicable policies or regulations, there may be significant amounts of time between communications to applicants. We make every attempt to notify applicants when there are status changes, but in some cases, the process precludes us from doing so.

We’ve created this page to provide transparency in our hiring practices, to help set some expectations about going through our hiring process and provide you with information that we hope will assist you in becoming a successful candidate.

– Fire Chief Keith Witt

What We are looking for:
  • Dedicated to providing excellent customer service
  • Motivated
  • Positive/Can-Do Attitude
  • Team player
  • Excellent communicator
  • Detail & solution-oriented
Job Description:

Probationary Firefighter Performs duties, both in emergency and non-emergency situations, related to fire protection, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, and emergency management delivery. Serves as the principal hands-on labor in providing fire district emergency and non-emergency services to the community. Additionally, will perform necessary steps to train and operate apparatus during the probation period and will be evaluated on such skills.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responds to fire incidents and conducts tasks including offensive and defensive fire attack, ventilation, salvage, overhaul, or fire-ground support operations.
  • Responds to emergency medical incidents and serves as a member of the medical team.
  • Participates in emergency rescue operations, including various types of rescue incidents such as swift water, dive, high angle, trench, vehicle extrication, and building collapse.
  • Assists in maintaining all apparatus and tools of the district including non-powered tools such as axes, pike poles, ladders, and other miscellaneous equipment.
  • Conducts station maintenance of the facilities including the equipment associated with the buildings.
  • Responds to hazardous materials incidents and assists in the identification, mitigation, and containment of hazardous material spills.
  • Participates in public education programs by assisting in conducting department tours, demonstrations, and presentations.
Minimum Qualifications:
  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Be in possession of a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
  3. Have good vision in both eyes, with the ability to distinguish Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) color codes for hazardous materials (e.g., blue, red, yellow, white), and have no depth or peripheral vision impairment.
  4. Meet the objectives and minimum standards established in the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)/International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Fire Service Joint Labor-Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative or similar validated health screening process.
  5. Meet the minimum standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
  6. Be in possession of, or have the ability to obtain, a valid state driver’s license in the class required for the position sought.
  7. Be a U.S. citizen or have proof of a legal right to work in the U.S.

1. Previous firefighting experience is desirable.

2. EMT certification is preferred not required. 

3. Any combination of education, training, and/or work experience to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the above minimum requirements.

Please download and fill out the following employment application.  Carefully read each file’s instructions and submit all required supporting materials with your application to Station 14.