Volunteer or paid-on-call firefighters are utilized by request and paid a designated stipend for the type of job called upon to complete. The paid-on-call firefighter trains for and participates in activities that protect life and property via skilled firefighting and rescue operations. Work often includes performing strenuous, hazardous tasks during emergency situations. Additional time is spent training and studying modern firefighting techniques. Direction and supervision are received from ranking officers and career firefighters.
STEP 1 – Application
When a prospective paid-on-call employee inquires about a position, they are given an application for employment that contains a City application and a Marion Firefighters Association statement of interest. Applicants are instructed to complete the paperwork and return it to Marion Fire Station No. 2 located at 3933 Katz Drive in Marion. Minimum criteria for getting an application is a high school diploma (or equivalent). Additionally, the applicant must live in Marion or in Marion Township.
STEP 2 - Screening
The completed applications are given to a screening committee within the department. This committee is made up of career and paid-on-call staff. The candidate will meet with the committee and the basic job requirements will be discussed. For efficiency sake, we will often wait until 4-5 candidates can be screened at one time. Following the conversation with the candidate(s), the committee decides whether the application will be recommended to the Chief.
STEP 3 – Interview with the Chief
The application that has successfully passed through the screening committee is placed in a “waiting” file. When a position becomes open, the Chief goes through the “waiting” file and selects individuals for an interview.
STEP 4 – Release of Information
Once the Chief decides that he/she is interested in hiring the candidate, the candidate is required to provide information to the department. The information areas where the department staff will be collecting the information will require a release form signed by the candidate. They include the following:
- Workers Compensation Background Check. This is a check of the candidate’s application for Workers Comp benefits in their previous places of employment. It requires the Iowa Waiver Release of Records to complete.
- Criminal History Check. This check of the candidate’s criminal history is completed by the Marion Police Department.
- Sex Offender Registry. This Request For Registry Information is filled out by the department and is forwarded to the local law enforcement agency.
- Driving Record. A copy of the candidate’s driving record is obtained by the department or can be furnished by the candidate.
- Hepatitis B Vaccination Release. The City provides Hepatitis B vaccinations free of charge to the employees who are EMS providers. If they choose not to have this vaccination, they must sign the Hepatitis B Vaccination declination form.
STEP 5 – Pre-Employment Physical
Once all of the required information has been received and favorably reviewed, the employee is sent to the Mercy Occupational Clinic in Cedar Rapids for a physical exam as required under the OSHA respiratory protection standard. The medical staff at this clinic have determined that the following procedures are necessary to meet the OSHA criteria:
- Physical examination by a physician
- Lab analyses
- Resting EKG (as needed or determined by the physician)
- Chest X-Ray (as needed or determined by the physician)
- Maximal treadmill stress test (as needed or determined by the physician)
The procedures listed above are paid for by the City. Any other tests that are determined to be necessary are done at the employee’s expense.
STEP 6 – Issue Equipment
Once the physical has been successfully completed, a formal job offer is presented to the candidate. If accepted, the candidate is sent to meet with the City's Human Resources Coordinator at City Hall to fill out the appropriate employment documents and is issued their personal protective equipment and pager, a Fire Essentials manual, and a duty manual that contains all of the rules, regulations and operating guidelines for the department. They are also given a CD that contains many PowerPoint training programs.
STEP 7 – Continuing the Employment
Paid-On-Call personnel must attain the State of Iowa Firefighter I classification within their first two years of employment. Additionally, they must complete 30 or more training hours per year.
Completed applications may be submitted for consideration to Fire Station No. 2, 3933 Katz Drive, in Marion.