Applications Being Accepted For Lateral Entry Firefighter / Paramedics

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The City of Covington is accepting applications for lateral entry into our progressive yet traditional Career Fire Department. 


The City of Covington Fire Department provides Fire/Rescue and Emergency Medical Services to a population of 40,640, cover 13.7 miles of mixed residential and commercial property and make 12,500 runs annually. The City has 2 major interstates that cross through the city I-75 that run north and south and I-275 that run east and west. The city is bordered by the Ohio River to the North and the Licking River to the East. Electronic applications can be found on the City of Covington website under the employment tab.

Qualified candidates must:
  1. The candidate must have at least two (2) years of experience as a full-time firefighter-paramedic.
  2. The candidate must be licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic with the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) or provide evidence of certification with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians as aEMT-P.
  3. The candidate shall provide evidence that he/she is certified as a professional firefighter under the guidelines set forth by the Kentucky Fire Commission or equivalent.
  4. The candidate must submit to and pass an investigation  of character, which may include  investigation into criminal background, educational background, past employment history, personal background, credit standing,  and  any other  relative  information  discovered  during the course of investigation  which might relate to the applicant's qualifications.
  5. The candidate must complete a pre-employment physical examination consistent with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard1582 which may include drug screen.
  6. The candidate will complete an educational examination and one or more oral interview(s).
  7. The candidate must take and pass the standardized Candidate Physical Ability Test ( CPAT) prior to hire date.
  8. The candidate must  take and  pass a psychological  suitability screener  examination,  and, if necessary, any additional  psychological examination performed by a licensed psychologist; 
The candidate shall provide a copy of the following documentation prior to hire date:
  • Valid driver'slicense
  • High School Diploma or GEDcertificate
  • BirthCertificate
  • Social Securitycard
  • Emergency Medical Technician P - KY ParamedicLicense or National Registry
  • ACLS, PAHT required and PALS preferred
  • Professional firefightercertification
  • IFSAC FF 1 and FF2 certificate, IFSAC Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations certificate
  • CPAT card
  • College Transcript or Diploma (Ifapplicable)
  • Military Discharge - DD214 (Ifapplicable)
  • Resume
"Lateral Entry" recruits will be paid according to the following current pay scale based on consecutive years of career firefighting, as defined by the state of transfer:

Experience                     Entry Level
3-5 years                        Grade 2
5-7 Years                        Grade 3
More than 7 Years         Grade 4

Lateral hires will be placed on the seniority list at the date of hire; no other seniority privileges apply.

Deadline for applications EOB August 31, 2018

For a full job description, qualifications and application, please visit:


The City of Covington fully and actively supports equal opportunity employment for qualified candidates regardless of race, religion, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability. Female and Minority Candidates are encouraged to apply.

Posted on August 08, 2018 in Fire.