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Employment as a Firefighter/EMT


Our objective is to attract the highest quality individuals to be a TEAM MEMBER and provide excellent service to our community at all times. 

The JCFD provides fire suppression for the City of Junction City as well as Advance Life Support care and  transport. JCFD also provides Technical Rescue as a member of KS Task Force 2, Water Rescue and Haz-Mat response to all residents of Geary County. The JCFD is a full time paid department.  Our current rotation consists of 24 hours on duty, 48 hours off duty with potential for Emergency call back as needed. All members of the department  perform both firefighting and EMS duties.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements

Valid high school diploma or equivalent GED  (Required)

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT, AEMT or EMT-P) certification Approved by the State of Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Service (KBEMS) or acceptable reciprocity qualification approved by the KBEMS (Required) 

Preferred Qualifications:

National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT; AEMT; EMT-P)

NFPA 1001 Firefighter I or II  International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) or
National Professional Qualifications Board (Pro Board®)

Salary and Benefits:

JCFD firefighters begin with an estimated annual salary of:


EMT -          $40,262.00


AEMT -       $44.265.00


Paramedic - $48,643.00


Other benefits include Health Insurance package options, Dental Insurance, Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation, Sick and Vacation Leave, Injury and Family Medical Leave.


The City furnishes all uniforms and firefighting gear with the exception of belts and shoes for station wear. A yearly $200 allowance is also offered to members that are not in their probationary status to purchase gear or uniforms.





Through Kansas Police and Fire Retirement System (KP&F). Employees pay 7.15% of their gross salary on automatic deductions. Retirement pay is based on 2.5% of final average salary for each year of service. Maximum retirement of 90% for 36 years of service.

Fireman's Relief Association Provides life insurance policy and pays 85% of premium while employed with the Junction City Fire Department. In addition, it also provides accident and sickness insurance.


NOTE – Firefighter positions which are designated in the bargaining unit by the Kansas Public Employees Relations Board are represented by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local #3309. Wages, hours of work, and working conditions are subject to contract negotiations.

Application Process


Those interested in a career with the Junction City Fire Department are encouraged to complete an Application when it is advertised on the City of Junction City employment website: If the position for Firefighter/EMT is not listed we are not taking applications at this time. No filing fees are involved, but applications must be completed on the web.


Applications are maintained by the Junction City Human Resources Department. They will notify the applicants of the next time and date of the Written and Physical Agility examinations.


Written Assessment:

The written test is is based on basic firefighter skills knowledge from the latest edition of the IFSAC Firefighters Essential Manual.

Physical Agility Assessment:

The physical assessment of the department is to gauge the physical abilities of a prospective member's ability to conduct the necessary work firefighters encounter on the fire scene.   


Interview Board:

Applicants  are scheduled for a personal interview with an interview board consisting of Officers of the department.   Applicants are evaluated on character traits and abilities in the areas of decision making, judgments under pressure, ability to communicate, demeanor, integrity and credibility. Standard sets of questions are asked of each applicant and the applicant is scored numerically based on their answers. An opportunity is provided for the applicant to present their strong points and verbalize why they would be an asset to the Junction City Fire Department.


Chiefs Review of Applicants and Selection:

Following the completion of all interviews, the Fire Chief evaluates all the applicant's scores and ratings received in the prior phases. The Chief then places each candidate in a preferential hiring order.

Medical Examination:

Each applicant is required to undergo an extensive medical examination to insure their physical condition and ability to perform the duties and functions required of this profession. During this examination a mandatory drug screen is administered.  If an applicant is determined to be not qualified, they will be removed from the employment process and advised.



The employment process is lengthy and very detailed. The purpose of the Junction City Fire Department Hiring Assessment Process is to hire the most qualified persons to be representatives of our department to the community and beyond.

If you have any questions concerning the process.  Contact JCFD at 785-238-6822