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*****WE’LL BE HIRING FIREFIGHTERS SOON*****

Check this page, the Husky Hire website , and our Facebook site often. In the very near future, we will be running a certified firefighter process. Based on the current operational needs of the department, we will be looking for firefighters who have attended the CT Fire Academy’s Recruit training program or firefighters who have attended an equivalent basic firefighter training program. You will need to have Recruit or Equivalent to apply for the certified firefighter process but, right after or possibly concurrent with the certified firefighter process, we are preparing to conduct a firefighter-trainee or entry-level test. This will be open to anyone interested in joining our department. Firefighting and EMS experience may be considered but it is not necessary to take the test.

 


Message from the Chief regarding Careers


I hope that if you are viewing this page that you are interested in working for the UConn Fire Department. We provide traditional fire department services to a unique, diverse population and that dictates  we find the right people who are willing and able to serve our community’s needs in the modern era. While we may not hire frequently, when we do, 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 to our campuses.

Whether you are looking to come to UConn from another department or hoping to get your first job in the fire service, I understand that hiring processes are challenging. Additionally, I understand candidates can experience stress when trying to figure out if they are qualified, hoping they are filling out applications properly, or even just waiting to hear between the phases of a hiring process.

A piece of advice for all applicants is to have patience. Regardless of the type of process or job we are attempting to fill, we generally receive a significant amount of applications for 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 a hiring process, and most importantly, to provide you with information that we hope will assist you in becoming a successful candidate.

-Fire Chief Greg Priest

 


Chief Officer Hiring Process


 

Effective leadership is a cornerstone of a successful fire department. Chief Officers are management/exempt employees and are not represented by the collective bargaining unit for uniformed fire personnel. Based upon the needs of the department, Chief Officers may be sought and selected from either internal or external candidates to the organization. When there is a vacant Chief position that is available to external applicants, a job posting is usually widely advertised and placed onto the Husky Hire website in the “Staff Positions” section. The job posting will detail all of the minimum qualifications that a prospective candidate would need in order to apply. Additionally, the job posting will detail the preferred qualifications of candidates and have specific instructions on how to complete the application. As a managerial position with a high-level of responsibility, candidates applying for a Chief Officer position can expect to be assessed in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, oral interviews with various stakeholders, written assessments, or practical assessments.

 


Firefighter Hiring Process


The UConn Fire Department (UCFD) hires firefighters in two ways. First is a “certified” firefighter hiring process. When the department runs this type of hiring process, there is no written test and only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for the Firefighter job description are considered.  The  job description can be viewed here: DAS Firefighter Job Description. Additionally, based upon the current needs of the department, additional minimum or preferred qualifications may be required. When there is an active search for a firefighter position, the job posting contains all of the information that a candidate would need to determine whether they are qualified to apply.

The second type of firefighter hiring process is the “entry level” or Protective Services Trainee (Fire). When the department runs this type of hiring process, there is a written test and there are no requirements for previous firefighting experience or certification. Just like the “certified” process, when there is an active search for a Protective Services Trainee position, the job posting contains all of the information that a candidate would need to determine whether they are qualified to apply.

A summary for how each process is conducted is listed below. However, it should be noted that the process summaries are merely guides intended to inform prospective candidates of what to expect in a hiring process. Processes may be changed, with or without notice, to meet the needs of the organization or to comply with policy.

In general, the UCFD posts vacant positions and accepts applications on the Husky Hire website. Applications are not accepted when there is not an open hiring process. Job postings should be reviewed closely by the applicant for both the minimum and preferred qualifications, as well as the instructions for what must be submitted with the application.  Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications cannot be considered for employment so it is important to submit sufficient documentation that provides evidence they possess the minimum qualifications.

UCFD requests that applicants also submit a statement of qualifications with their application. A statement of qualifications is a narrative or cover letter that specifically outlines the minimum and preferred qualifications they feel they meet. On the job posting, each qualification (minimum or preferred) usually has a corresponding number. When submitting a statement of qualifications, cover letter or narrative, it is helpful for the applicant to list and refer to the minimum or preferred job qualification number. Additionally, all information provided in the statement of qualifications should be supported by evidence within the application itself.

Please follow the application instructions carefully. Applications which are submitted as incomplete may not be considered.


          Certified Firefighter Process Summary


  1. The University reviews all applications that are submitted to determine that minimum qualifications are met and which of the preferred qualifications are met.
  2. Desired qualified applicants are selected for interviews. Generally, a desired qualified applicant must have met all of the minimum qualifications and have some (or all) of the preferred qualifications listed in the job posting.
  3. Applicants who are interviewed may go through multiple interviews, including interview(s) before a panel and the Fire Chief.
  4. Qualified applicants who are not selected for interviews will be notified once the opening has been filled. Unqualified applicants may be notified sooner that they are not being offered any further consideration.
  5. Final candidates that are given a conditional offer of employment must successfully pass a pre-employment physical exam, psychological exam and have a full background check before a hire date can be confirmed.
  6. A selected candidate who has not previously attended the Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Firefighter Training program will have an assessment of their training, certification, and/or physical skills to determine whether they have training equivalent to the Recruit program. Those without equivalency may be required to attend Recruit.

Note: Candidates who do not possess the minimum qualifications should NOT apply in a certified firefighter process but should wait to apply in an entry-level process.


          Entry-Level Firefighter (Protective Services Trainee) Process Summary


  1. A written test will be advertised. Specific information on how to apply for and take the written test will be communicated. Written testing and the first oral interview may be conducted by an agency or organization external to the UCFD.
  2. If the initial testing processes were initiated by application directly to a testing agency, applicants completing the written test may be instructed to complete an application directly with UConn on the Husky Hire website
  3. UCFD then reviews all applications that are submitted to determine that minimum qualifications are met, which (if any) of the preferred qualifications are met and the respective test score.
  4. Desired qualified applicants are selected for interviews. Generally, a desired qualified applicant must have met all of the minimum qualifications, have some (or all) of the preferred qualifications, and scored higher on the written test.
  5. Applicants who are interviewed may go through multiple interviews, including interview(s) before a panel.
  6. Qualified applicants who are not selected for interviews will be notified once the opening has been filled. Unqualified applicants may be notified sooner that they are not being offered any further consideration.
  7. All final candidates that are given a conditional offer of employment must successfully pass a pre-employment physical exam, psychological exam and have a full background check before a hire date can be confirmed.
  8. Candidates hired in an entry-level hiring process can expect to attend the Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Firefighter Training program.

Note: Certified firefighters who were unsuccessful or who did not apply in a certified firefighter hiring process are encouraged to apply in an entry-level process.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


When are applications accepted? / Can I put my application on file?

Applications are only accepted when a vacant position(s) is open. Applications are not generally kept on file.

Once your application is submitted, the Husky Hire system will generate an e-mail should you provide your e-mail address and a page that says “Your application has been submitted” and will display a date and time. If this page shows, your application has been received. Also, please make a note of your user ID and password so that you may log in to check the status of your application. You will be able to see the position(s) that you have applied for.

Applicants who are moving forward in the process are generally contacted more frequently. All applicants are always contacted with their final disposition at the completion of a process. Basic application status can be checked by logging into the HuskyHire website (See FAQ above – “How do I know my application was received?”) Very limited information can be given to applicants while a process is underway. But, if necessary, the status of an application or process can be obtained by calling UCFD Fire Administration at 860-486-0010.

Depending on the amount of applicants, it may take weeks or several months for you to hear back from the UCFD. It is not unusual for these positions to result in 150 or more qualified applicants for a single position. In general, the more the amount of applicants, the longer the process.

It depends. If the job posting is for a Protective Services Trainee (Fire) or for an entry-level firefighter, you will be expected to take a written test. If the job posting is for a certified firefighter and you already possess the minimum qualifications of the Firefighter job description, you may not be required to take a test. In this case, candidates are selected based on whether they meet the minimum and preferred qualifications as well as their performance on the interview(s).

No. However, CPAT is frequently a preferred qualification for certified firefighter applicants. All applicants, regardless of whether entry-level or certified, must meet the physical requirements for the Firefighter job description.  Physical requirements are verified by a pre-employment physical exam in final hiring phases or specifically in the case of an entry-level firefighter, through performance assessments made during the Recruit training program.

All applicants must have the minimum qualifications to be considered for a job. However, processes look to candidates who possess both the minimum qualifications and some or all of the preferred qualifications. Highly desirable candidates who are selected for interviews generally have some, all or specific preferred qualifications listed on the job posting.

Initial interviews may be conducted over the phone. Panel interviews are then conducted by UConn Fire Department personnel of different ranks who present a series of questions or scenarios directly related to the required skills and abilities of the Firefighter job description. Each applicant is objectively evaluated on their responses. Following the panel interview, applicants may be provided with the opportunity to interview with a UCFD Chief Officer.

Applicants who prepare for the interview process are more successful than those who do not. Beyond the general mainstream guidance on “how to interview,” applicants should be comfortable and capable of articulating their qualifications and demonstrating how they possess the skills and abilities of a firefighter.


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