Puget Sound Fire recruit firefighter Gabriel Coleman at a recent training session. COURTESY PHOTO, Puget Sound Fire

Puget Sound Fire recruit firefighter Gabriel Coleman at a recent training session. COURTESY PHOTO, Puget Sound Fire

Firefighting Diversity & Recruitment Workshop set for May 11 in Kent

Event designed to help potential candidates get jobs

Puget Sound Fire will host the King County Fire Chiefs Association Diversity & Recruitment Workshop for firefighters on Saturday, May 11 in Kent.

The free workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the South King County Training Consortium, 20811 84th Ave. S., in Kent.

You will learn everything you need to know about starting and maintaining a rewarding career in fire, emergency medical services and other first response or public health opportunities. This event is designed to help potential candidates be successful in the pre-hiring, hiring, training and career segments of their professional journey.

The classes covered in this workshop include:

• Firefighter written exam preparation

• Oral board interview preparation

• Wellness and fitness requirements and preparation

• Psych and background check expectations and preparation

• A Day in the Life of a Firefighter

Breakfast and lunch are generously sponsored by King County EMS and feature local eateries selected by the Shoreline Fire Department. There will be numerous opportunities to meet one-on-one with agencies from across the region throughout the event, including fire service agencies, EMS agencies, 911 communication agencies and public health agencies.

There will be firefighters or staff from every agency participating in the event, from all backgrounds and levels of their organization, who are looking to connect with participants to provide ongoing mentorship throughout the hiring process and beyond.

This event, open to everyone at 16 years old, is especially welcoming of underserved persons in our industry – including the BIPOC community, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, bilingual adults and those with little to no experience in or around the fire service.

For more info and to sign up, go to https://www.kingcountyfirechiefs.org/event-details/kcfca-diversity-recruitment-workshop-2.

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