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Crown Point to hire new firefighters

Updated: May 6, 2013 2:12AM



CROWN POINT — The “Help Wanted” sign is out for the position of Crown Point firefighter/medic.

The department is looking to replace Lt. Dean Luebcke from Turn 2. He retired March 2. Part-time employees will handle that job along with some overtime by full-time employees until a new firefighter can be hired.

According to Fire Chief Greg DeLor, there are three more people already eligible for full pension benefits and several more will be eligible soon. When they all will apply for retirement is uncertain.

The Fire-Rescue Department will use the new list created by the test to fill as many as 5 vacancies in the next two years.

Before that can happen the department needs to set up a new hire list. Everyone that had been on the list has taken jobs either with the city or other departments. The list has expired.

Applications are being accepted at the office of Human Resources until the close of business on Friday. March 15. The process will establish a hiring list for a two-year period, according to Karen Marben, HR Director.

The Certified Firefighter written test will be 9 a.m. March 23 at the fire house, 126 N. East St.

The fire department will proctor the test. Completed tests will be sent to an outside firm that specializes in this testing procedure to grade and rank the candidates.

Candidates must currently be certified as a State of Indiana Firefighter, and must also currently be certified as a State of Indiana EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic.

The candidates must also have completed the Candidate Physical Ability Test prior to an offer of conditional employment by the city. That test is paid for by the candidate and costs $100 and is a pass/fail test. It is good for one year.

At the time a candidate is hired, that person must be a citizen of the United States, a high school graduate and at least 21 years old, but under 36 years old, and must not have a felony conviction. They also must qualify for the Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension and Disability Fund.

There are exceptions of those age brackets for firefighters who come in from another department.

By policy all new hires come into the department as probationary employees. The starting pay during the probationary period for a firefighter/EMT-B is $37,441.30. After the probationary period has ended the regular pay is $47,665.28. The starting pay for a probationary firefighter/paramedic is $41,393.82 and then $52,683.02 after the probationary period.



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