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Graham Fire & Rescue Mission and ValuesMission Statement
"Serving Our Community: Professional, Accountable, Caring"
Exceed customers' expectations. Provide personnel with the necessary support, encouragement, skills, and tools for safe and effective job performance. Operate in the most efficient and fiscally responsible manner possible within available resources. Provide a healthy, happy, empowered, enthusiastic workplace free of harassment and discrimination. Be recognized as an outstanding resource to the community to enhance the quality of life. Foster a management/labor/volunteer/community partnership.
Doing the "right thing" through trust, respect, integrity, commitment, and ethical professional service.
Citizens Approve Graham Fire & Rescue Maintenance & Operations Levy
Fire Chief Ryan Baskett is pleased to announce the citizens of Graham have approved a 2.75 million dollar annual Maintenance and Operations levy to maintain and improve fire services. The November election levy received a supermajority approval rating of 60.47 percent. The levy was originally projected to cost the citizens an additional .60 cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation, but will only be collected at a rate of .54 cents per thousand the first year. The funds will be used to stop a six-year service decline, bolster daily staffing and open closed stations.
Graham Fire has developed an aggressive hiring plan and will begin improving service January 1st, 2015, by increasing the minimum daily staffing from 9 to 11 people. The additional staffing will allow the District to fully open two part-time closed stations and on occasion open the fully-closed Thrift station.
Six new Paramedic/Firefighters from an established eligibility list have been offered positions and will begin training the first of the year. Four of them have previous fire experience and will be trained by the Department, making them available for shift work in early March. Two with no previous fire experience will attend a dedicated fire service academy and will be available for shift work in May of 2015. With the addition of each new hire the number of opportunities for the Thrift station to be open will improve.
The Department is currently advertising for four career Firefighter positions (See below for hiring information). The application period closes January 15th with a tentative hire date of April 1st and shift assignments around June 1st. The Thrift station is scheduled to fully re-open on June 1st when the first 10 new hires are assigned to shift. An application and testing process to hire the final six Paramedic/Firefighters will take place in the fall of 2015 with a tentative hire date of January 2016.
In addition to adding response personnel, the District will purchase a new medic unit to replace one of two nine-year-old first line units, begin funding the deferred equipment replacement plan, improve Department training, support public education and begin replenishing the depleted reserve fund.
Chief Baskett stated, “I am thankful for the citizen support and am committed to increasing services in the most efficient way possible. I believe that if done appropriately the needed levy amount should decrease in future years.”
More Fire Department information is available by calling the Headquarters fire station at 253-847-8811.
This December 15, 2014 press release is available for download in PDF format from our Press Release page.
Has Graham Fire & Rescue Come to Help You?When you see one of our teams or vehicles out in the community, you'll see our mission statement printed on the side of our apparatus: Professional, Accountable, Caring. Stated in that mission is our drive to be Accountable. If we have visited you, we want to know about it!
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Graham Fire & Rescue Hiring
Graham Fire & Rescue is hiring!!! Applications will be available from December 15th, 2014 through January 15th, 2015. Applications are available for download below and must be turned in
to Station 91 or 94 no later that 12:00pm (noon) on January 15th, 2015.
Requirements: US Citizen; High School Diploma or GED; EMT Certification; Firefighter I & II; HazMat Operations; Candidate Physical Ability Test Pass Certification⁄Card (CPAT); Acceptable driving record⁄no moving violations in the past year⁄no more than three (3) in the past three (3) years
2015 Firefighter Application Packet
2014-2015 Firefighter Recruitment Packet
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