New Everett Firefighters Welcomed, More Needed

December 29, 2016

Everett Fire


The newest members of the Everett Fire Department are introduced to the Everett City Council by Chief Murray Gordon. New Deputy Fire Chief Mike Calvert is on the far right.

On Wednesday the Everett City Council met the four newest firefighters in the Everett Fire Department.

Alex Hornbeck, Sam Lowe, Jesse Stacy and Chris Stepanski were introduced to the council by Everett Fire Chief Murray Gordon.

Gordon, who will be retiring next month after 40 years with the Everett Fire Department also introduced Mike Calvert as the new Deputy Fire Chief.

He was selected earlier this month by Eric Hicks who will take over as Everett Fire Chief on January 11th.

Gordon told that the Everett Fire Department is continuing to hire new firefighters and hopes to have ten more firefighters hired after testing in April.

If you are interested in applying to be a member of the Everett Fire Department here are some details you should know for the current recruiting session. The current filing period closes January 14, 2017.

The following knowledge, skills and abilities are considered to be critical to successful performance in this classification:

Knowledge of:

  • Mechanical and spatial relationships and operations, and some knowledge of the building trades.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of modern firefighting work.
  • The Incident Management System according to National Incident Management System standards.
  • Rules, regulations, and procedures of the department, pertinent federal and state laws, and City ordinances.
  • Recent developments, current literature, and other sources of information regarding firefighting methods and techniques.
  • Geography of the City including important buildings; major traffic arterials; maps, plans, and diagrams; and the location of hydrants.
  • Operation and maintenance of the various types of apparatus and equipment used by the fire department.

Skills and abilities:

  • Cope with situations firmly, courteously, tactfully, and with respect for the rights of all citizens.
  • Provide high-quality customer service when serving the public.
  • Work effectively as a team member.
  • Perform assigned tasks with integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness.
  • Learn about the principles, practices, and techniques of firefighting.
  • Work safely and in compliance with federal and state laws, and City policies, laws, and standards.
  • Work within a command structure requiring adherence to orders.
  • Exercise judgment and remain calm in stressful and/or demanding situations.
  • Maintain a work environment free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
  • Work independently when appropriate.
  • Be discreet and maintain a high degree of confidentiality, accountability, responsibility, and accuracy.
  • Use departmental computers and related software applications.
  • Work effectively in a hazardous and/or unpleasant environment.
  • Understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.
  • Utilize deductive reasoning to make critical decisions.
  • Maintain composure and self-control under adverse conditions.
  • Maintain physical ability required to perform demanding tasks and to perform effectively in critical emergency situations.
  • Support diversity and multi-cultural understanding in the workplace and the community.


  1. Requires high school diploma or equivalency.
  2. Attainment of the age of 21 years by closing date.
  3. U.S. Citizenship.
  4. Excellent physical condition.
  5. Ability and willingness to successfully complete the mandated course of instruction at the Washington State Fire Academy and subsequent department field training programs.
  6. Ability and willingness to obtain Washington State Department of Social and Health Services certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) within two (2) years of employment and maintain such certification for the duration of employment.
  7. Submission to a thorough background check; psychological, physical, and medical check; employment reference check; and verification of all applicable certifications.
  8. Attainment of Department standards of physical condition.
  9. Possession of, or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire, a Washington State Driver License and maintain such license for the duration of employment.

The screening process will consist of a written test weighted 100% (pass score 70.00 and above) AND successful completion (Pass) on the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) within the six months prior to the closing date.  Public Safety Testing conducts the City of Everett’s written and CPAT examinations. Please visit and you will be able to fill out your application online and select the testing date, time and location most convenient for you. For further information, call toll-free 1-866-HIRE-911.


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