City of Richmond | Richmond, KY

Date Posted: 8/12/2022 11:34:16 AM


CLASS TITLE: Firefighter I



CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS: Under direct supervision of shift officers, performs firefighting, fire prevention and operating duties; and does related work as required.


  1. Responds to fire alarms, in full firefighting gear.
  2. Lays out and connects hoses.
  3. Holds nozzles and directs water streams.
  4. Raises and climbs ladders, uses chemical extinguishers, bars, hooks, lines and other equipment.
  5. Removes persons from danger.
  6. Performs salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, sweeping water and cleaning up debris.
  7. Participates in fire drills and attends classes in firefighting, first aid, and related subjects.
  8. May assist in keeping records and filling out reports.
  9. Performs general maintenance work in the upkeep of fire department property; cleans and washes walls, windows and floors.
  10. Makes minor repairs, washes, hangs and dries hose.
  11. Checks, washes, cleans and polishes apparatus and related equipment.
  12. On assignment, may participate in one of several trades in maintaining, remodeling, constructing, altering or repairing buildings, grounds, facilities and equipment.
  13. Checks fire hydrants on seasonal basis.
  14. Performs public relations functions for schools and other civic groups.


  • Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent (GED).
  • Completion of 400 hours of state-required training within 10 weeks of date of hire. (This training is conducted in house by staff personnel at the city’s Fire Training Center.) Under extenuating circumstances, a two week extension may be granted by the fire chief upon recommendation of the training officer and approval by the City Commission.


  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid operator license issued by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  • Ability to meet departmental requirements.


  • Some knowledge of the street system and physical layout of the city.
  • Ability to learn a variety of firefighting duties and methods, including the operation of firefighting apparatus within a reasonable working test period.
  • Physical strength and agility and freedom from serious physical defects as indicated by a physical examination and the ability to perform arduous tasks under adverse conditions.
  • Ability to perform the mechanical work involved in operating and maintaining firefighting apparatus equipment and tools.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.


  1. Mobility in the operations of motor vehicles in driving a department vehicle on emergency runs. Mobility to operate vehicle during adverse conditions while maintaining radio contact with dispatcher or other units.
  2. Mobility in upper and lower body necessary in working an active fire scene. Involves quick response in gathering equipment, pulling hoses, making connection to hydrants, gaining entry to structure, and climbing ladders. Requires walking, running, climbing, bending, stretching, carrying and stooping (Over 25 lbs.)
  3. Physical stamina in enduring long periods of time exposed to adverse weather conditions, including the fire scene itself.
  4. Mobility to secure and investigate a fire scene. Gathering evidence from fire scene could involve climbing, stooping, stretching and walking.
  5. Mobility and physical strength in assisting medical personnel in emergency situations.

*Hiring process open to create a 12-month hiring waitlist.

Salary Information: $52,249.60 plus $4,300.00 once Incentive eligible.
Application Deadline: 08/31/2022

Go to to apply. Application Special Instructions/Required Attachments: Items 1, 2, and 3 must be attached to this application for the application to be processed. Items 4, 5, 6 and 7 should be attached if at all possible.

  1. Copy of Birth Certificate
  2. Copy of High School Diploma or State Certified GED
  3. Copy of Drivers License
  4. Copy of Military Separation from Active Duty, Form DD214
  5. Copy of College Transcripts
  6. Copy of Trade School or Correspondence Course Certificates
  7. Copies of any other documents that may be helpful in assessing your qualifications.

Althea Causey
Human Resource Coordinator
259 Causey Lane
Richmond, KY 40475

Phone: 859-623-1000
Fax: 859-626-1714