Firefighter Careers

SMFR uniformed Firefighters protect lives and property through their involvement in firefighting, emergency medical care, fire prevention, disaster response, community service and public education. SMFR has seventeen fire stations that are staffed 24/7 with three shifts working rotating 48-96 shift schedule. In 2015, there were 16,762  District calls for service; approximately 61% of them were medical in nature.  
 
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  1. Hiring Overview
  2. Minimum Qualifications
  3. Test Components
  4. Benefits

Hiring Process Overview

 
    

Step #1  CPAT

 


Candidates are required to have a CPAT certificate.  If you do not have a valid CPAT certificate you will need to obtain one by application deadline.   
see AIMS CPAT for details. 
 

Step #2  FIRE TEAM TEST


Candidates are required to take the FireTEAM test.  You can take the FireTEAM test at a number of different testing centers across the United States on various dates.  In order to take the FireTEAM test you must visit their website, identify a testing center near you and register to take the test.  Space is limited so please don’t delay and register ASAP at: 
National Testing Network FireTEAM    
  

APPLICATION


Based off of the FireTEAM scores, a limited number of candidates will be invited to submit an application.     
  
  

If applying for the Paramedic/Firefighter position, must successfully pass:

    

 Paramedic Written Exam

 Only a limited number of candidates will be invited to participate in the written exam following the application screening process. The exam consists of approximately 50 multiple choice, true/false and fill in the blanks. The questions are produced from a test bank based on the Paramedic National Registry Curriculum. Candidates will also be required to provide a diagnosis on three 12 lead EKGS.

 Paramedic Practical Exam

 Only a limited number of candidates will be invited to participate in the practical exam following the application screening process. The exam will consist of four different assessment stations where candidates will be evaluated by SMFR Paramedic/Firefighters and outside Medical Professionals.  There will be some downtime in between stations, in which the candidates will be required to write a short essay.  The four stations consist of a medical scenario; technical knowledge assessment, rapid fire questions and an essay follow up.  The practical is a combination of written and hands-on assessments.
  

ORAL BOARD

Paramedic/Firefighter Position: A limited number of candidates who successfully pass the Paramedic Practical and Written exam will be invited to participate in the Oral Board process.

Firefighter Position: After Applications are submitted, a limited number of candidates will be invited back for the Oral Board Process.