What We Look For
City of Madison firefighter/EMT recruitment is conducted approximately every two years. To receive instant hiring and department updates, subscribe to our email lists. The firefighter/EMT recruitment and selection process is extensive and generally takes 9-10 months from initial application to the first round of hiring.
In order to be considered for employment with the Madison Fire Department, at the time of application you must:
- be at least 18 years of age (there is no maximum age limit)
- be a high school graduate or possess a high school equivalency diploma
- possess a current driver's license
- be of sound mental and physical health
Qualities Desirable in a Firefighter/EMT
- ability to complete a rigorous academic and physical training program
- motivation to serve
- effective communication skills
- physical, mental, and emotional health
- ability to exercise sound judgment
- strong sense of responsibility
- compassion (even when stressed)
- ability to work as a team member
- honesty and integrity
- problem-solving skills
- strong work ethic
Physical Demands & Working Conditions
While not an all-inclusive list, the following examples are meant to illustrate some of the extreme physical demands and working conditions inherent in the role of a firefighter/EMT.
The physical demands of a firefighter/EMT are characterized by strength, endurance, coordination, agility, and dexterity.
- Pick up and advance charged fire hoses.
- Force entry with axe/battering ram.
- Rescue/extricate victim(s).
- Perform CPR; apply bandages.
- Climb stairs with equipment weighing approximately 50 pounds.
- Strip and vent roofs, breach walls, overhaul burned buildings.
- Lift and climb/descend ladders (with victims).
- Visually determine fire status/hazards; assess patient conditions.
- Hear calls for help; identify fire noise, etc.
- Walk on roof tops under adverse conditions.
- Operate power tools and extrication equipment, and tie knots.
- Stoop, crawl, crouch, and kneel in confined spaces.
- Reach, twist, balance, grapple, bend, and lift under emergency conditions.
- Run, dodge, jump, and maneuver with equipment.
- All of the above may be performed wearing heavy and restrictive protective clothing/gear.
A firefighter/EMT must perform physically demanding work, requiring judgment, under adverse working conditions.
- Work in extreme temperatures both day and night, in rain, snow, and ice.
- Exposure to fumes, gases, noxious odors, dust, and poor ventilation.
- Work in closely confined spaces.
- Work around potential hazards: fire, explosives, chemicals, electrical shock, structural hazards, fast-moving vehicles, etc.
- Intense exposure to water and/other liquids.
- Exposure to blood, serious injuries, and death.
- Exposure to a wide range of highly emotional and traumatic events.
- Exposure to noise and vibration from tools, equipment, machinery, etc.
- Work at heights (e.g., on ladders, roof tops, etc).
- Work within restrictions of personal safety equipment (e.g., breathing apparatus, steel-tip boots, hearing and eye protection, firefighting turn-out clothing, and hazardous materials gear).
How to Prepare
Our firefighter/EMT application period comes around approximately once every two years. You can prepare by:
- Taking fire and/or EMS classes at a local technical school
- Improving your fitness
- Getting involved in your community