Firefighter Selection Process

Firefighter Selection Process Steps

  1. The Civil Service Commission distributes the job announcement throughout the community when recruiting begins.

  2. Interested parties fill out the proper application forms only during the recruitment period.

  3. Applications are then screened by the Civil Service Commission.
    • Applicants who either do not meet the minimum qualifications or have problems with their applications are issued a rejection notice. The notice explains the reason for the rejection and informs candidates of their right to appeal. Candidates are encouraged to contact the Civil Service Commission to make the necessary corrections to the application or to provide the required documents.
    • Applicants who were found to have met the minimum qualifications and who did not have any pending issues with their applications are invited to the next step in the process.
  4. A written examination is given to individuals whose applications were accepted. View our Examination Preparation Tips to learn good study habits.

  5. Persons who pass the written examination are placed on an eligibility list according to their score.

  6. The top candidates from the eligible list are interviewed for vacancies as they become available.
    *Prior to the interview and after being placed on an eligibility list from the written exam, a designated number of candidates will be offered the opportunity to take the required CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) locally. The CPAT will include two orientations (which can be waived), two practices (which can be waived), and a local CPAT. A valid CPAT from another accredited program may suffice.

  7. The selected candidates from the interview are offered employment, contingent upon passing:
    • Comprehensive background investigation
    • Driving record check
    • Drug screen
    • Medical examination