Avery Hotchkiss

JCCC’s Fire Science Division is in shock and utter heartbreak over the loss of former Cadet, Avery Hotchkiss.  Avery recently graduated from our 2021 Fall Fire Academy.  Prior to her enrollment with us, she was heavily engaged in preparing herself for success in our program during her time in the Gardner Edgerton High School Fire Science Program.  As a JCCC Cadet, She instantly stood out with her noted excitement and willingness to learn, perform, and succeed in the fire service.  Her positive attitude was contagious to say the least.  Avery went on to volunteer for Edwardsville Fire Department where she had recently worked her very first fire call just weeks before her untimely death.

To honor Avery in her early, yet impactful legacy within our program and the Gardner Edgerton High School Fire Science Program, Chief Tim Whitham and members of the Edwardsville Fire Department have established a fundraiser/memorial fund in Avery’s memory to aid future students in establishing a fire service career.

Donations may be sent to the following address:

The Avery Hotchkiss Educational Memorial Scholarship, c/o of Edwardsville Fire Department, PO Box 13738, Edwardsville, KS, 66113

A link to a t-shirt fundraiser is embedded in the photo below.  100% of the proceeds will donated to the scholarship.

Below are the links embedded in attached photos for your convenience.




From all of us at the JCCC Fire Science Division, we offer immense condolences to Avery’s family, co-workers, friends, and former classmates as we work through our state of grief.

Job Posting: Riverside, MO Fire Department



Department Description
The Riverside Fire Department provides Fire, EMS, Rescue, and other specialized services to a suburban community located northwest of downtown Kansas City, MO in southern Platte County.  Our area of response is approximately 7 square miles.  The department is an ALS non-transport EMS provider and contracts its ambulance transports with City of Kansas City and American Medical Response.  The department maintains a vigorous in-house training program, along with sending our personnel to to outside training including winter and summer fire schools and much more.  The department trains for and maintains these specialized areas: technical rescues, ice rescues, swift water, and boat operations.

Full-time and Part-time positions available, both non-exempt

Key Responsibilities
This position controls and extinguishes fires and engages in search and rescue for the preservation of life and property in addition to responding to medical emergencies and and administering life saving measures as defined by the MO State Department of Health and Senior Services.


  • Must be 19 years of age at time of application.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have a clean driving record.
  • Must have Firefighter 1 & 2 certifications.
  • Must have a MO Paramedic License at time of hire.
  • Must have a current Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) & Fire Service Entry Exam (FSEE) – not required for part-time hires actively working full-time in another department

212 hours in a 28 day work period.  Operates on a 48/96 cycle that includes nights, weekends, holidays, and overtime assignments.  Part-time positions pick up available shifts as needed.

Compensation & Benefits
$17.05-$25.58 per hour or $47,000-$70,500 annually
Full-time employees are eligible for full city benefits beginning 1st of month following hire

How to Apply
Apply Online via the link on the Career Opportunities page.  Applications may also be accompanied by a cover letter and resume.

If selected to move forward in the hiring process,  you will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • Copy of your valid state driver’s license
  • Copy of your birth certificate
  • Copy of your certifications/licenses
  • Copy of your military DD-214

Job Posting: Edwardsville, KS Fire Department


City of Edwardsville
Location: Edwardsville, KS

Edwardsville Fire Department is accepting applications to create an eligibility list for the position of: FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC.

Position is open for applications until 1/31/2020.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This position, under minimal supervision, protects life and property by performing firefighting and EMS duties, administering emergency aid, mitigating hazardous materials situations and performing fire prevention duties. Maintains Fire and EMS apparatus, equipment and facilities. As a condition of employment, incumbents shall maintain an Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic licensure during their employment period.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or equivalent required. Current National Registry Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic, or State of Kansas Paramedic license, with one year of experience with an Advanced Life Support treatment and transport service. Certification and experience as a firefighter are preferred.

Maintain state-mandated continuing education requirements, including current American Heart Association (AHA) certification in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), or equivalent. International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certifications of Firefighter I, Firefighter II and ADO-Pumper through the Kansas Fire Service Certification System are requirements for this position. The obtainment of Firefighter I will be waived for one (1) year from hire date. The obtainment of Firefighter II and ADO-Pumper certifications will be waived for three (3) years from hire date. NIMS ICS 100, 200, 700, 800 and complete Wildland Certifications of S-110, S-130, S-190 within 12 months of being hired. Must possess or be eligible for a State of Kansas driver’s license. Must successfully pass a background investigation with no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions related to weapons, assault, controlled substances, or theft within the last 10 years. Position is subject to successful completion of pre-employment drug testing. Subject to a one-year probationary period. Ability to successfully complete written, physical, and oral exams during probationary period.

STARTING SALARY: $40,808 to $44,592 depending on qualifications and certifications, not including paramedic stipend of $3,900 annually, education stipend of up to $1,200 annually and holiday pay incentive of $2,000 annually. Firefighters work a Berkley schedule, that incorporates of up to or more than 120 hours of overtime at time and a half of their hourly wage.

TO APPLY: Please submit a City of Edwardsville Job Application and proof of Paramedic Licensure. A complete job description and other necessary forms are available at City Hall, or on the city web page. Return completed applications to the Fire Chief by mail to: Firefighter/Paramedic Selection Attn: City of Edwardsville FD, P.O. Box 13738, Edwardsville, KS 66113