About the Process

We hire new recruits every two years. The firefighter recruitment and selection process is extensive and generally takes 9 – 10 months from initial application to the first round of hiring.

Once the application period starts, candidates may apply online. You must have a valid email address to create an account. We will send all hiring process information via email.

Candidates need to meet certain prerequisites to be considered.


  1. Multiple-Choice Test

    The first part of the selection process is a video-based multiple-choice test. This test will measure your aptitude for skills that firefighters use on a regular basis.

    The test has four parts:

    • Human relations
    • Mechanical aptitude
    • Math
    • Reading

    Learn more about the multiple-choice test, and how you can prepare.

  2. Interviews

    The next part of the selection process is made up of three interviews. You must pass each interview to move on to the next one.

    Learn more about the interview process, and how you can prepare.

  3. Physical Ability Test

    The Physical Ability Test is a series of events that simulate firefighting activities.

    During this test, you will need to demonstrate that you have the stamina, strength, and agility you need to accomplish the tasks of a firefighter.

    It is never too early to start training! Building strength and endurance is important to pass the test. We recommend you take your physical fitness seriously. This will not only help you to be a more prepared candidate, but to have a long, healthy career as a firefighter wherever you are employed.

    Learn more about the Physical Ability Test, and how you can prepare.

  4. Medical Evaluation & Background Check

    In addition to passing the Physical Ability Test, you will also have to pass a medical exam and background check. We will give you more information about the medical exam and background test if you move forward to this stage.

    If you pass the background check and medical evaluation, you will enter the Recruit Academy.

  5. Recruit Academy

    You will begin employment as a Firefighter Recruit on the day you start at the Academy.

    Not all recruits complete the Academy. Our training staff is committed to making the best new firefighters and making existing firefighters better.

    Learn more about the Recruit Academy.


More Information

For a full overview of the hiring and selection process, review the Candidate Orientation Handout.