Entry-level firefighter

Salt Lake City Fire Department - Salt Lake City, Utah

Application Deadline:

Salary Information

40583 annual

Job Description

The Salt Lake City Fire Department will begin conducting it's biannual hiring process for entry-level firefighters beginning January 1, 2018.


Salt Lake City Fire Department administers an entry-level testing process every two (2) years to establish a list of qualified firefighter and firefighter/paramedic candidates.

After the written exam, the top 50-100 will be invited to the Oral Board Assessment.  Successful candidates will be ranked on a hiring register approved by the Civil Service Commission. As openings occur in the Fire Department over the two-year (2) period, candidates will be chosen from the list for further testing and consideration. If the initial list becomes exhausted, more candidates will be invited to participate in the rest of the process.

Two separate Civil Service Eligibility Lists will be established from this process: Entry-Level Firefighter and Entry-Level Firefighter/Paramedic. Only those with current Utah Paramedic certification by the date of the Oral Board Assessment will be eligible for the Firefighter/Paramedic list. A candidate may be eligible for placement on both Eligibility Lists. A combination of candidates from both lists may be selected for future recruit classes. The composition of the class will depend upon needs of the department.


  1. Ability to legally work in the US
  2. At least 18 years of age by the date of the written exam
  3. Possess a high school diploma or GED by date of the Oral Board Assessment
  4. Possess a valid driver license by the time of employment


The primary responsibility of a firefighter is the protection of life and property efficiently and rapidly through rescue, firefighting and prevention. Those who choose it as their career will sometimes have no choice but to put their lives and personal safety on the line for the safety and well being of their community and its’ citizens. Firefighters must be willing to perform hazardous tasks under emergency conditions, which may require strenuous exertion under such adverse conditions as smoke, heat and cramped conditions. Firefighters may also face working conditions, which involve such events as chemical spills, explosions, floods, and electrical hazards.

Persons wishing to become firefighters should have the capability to work as part of a team. Teamwork is an essential part of the job because it reduces the potential for injuries and loss of life, as well as increasing the effectiveness of handling emergency situations.

Cooperation and the ability to get along with others are essential characteristics for firefighters at the fire scene and also at the fire station. Since firefighters work two 24-hour consecutive shifts, it is important that they are able to get along with their peers.

Firefighting demands a high level of dedication. Firefighters also must study long hours and go through extensive periods of training to become effective and efficient professional firefighters. In return, they are offered a challenging and exciting job, which serves the community. They also receive competitive pay and benefits along with excellent opportunities for advancement.


Salt Lake City Fire Department has a three-platoon system (A, B or C). Full-time firefighters are scheduled to work two 24-hour consecutive shifts, and then are scheduled off for four 24-hour days.

Additional Information


FireTEAM Written Exam by Ergometrics – Only those who have applied through the city’s employment website will be allowed entrance to the written exam. On the day of the written exam, you MUST bring picture identification and verification of your birth date. You should also bring two sharpened #2 pencils. The exam will last approximately three hours.

Oral Board Assessment – Candidates who score high enough on the written exam will be referred for further consideration to participate in the Oral Board Assessment. You will be notified via email of the exact date, time and place of the Oral Board Assessment.

CPAT – (Candidate Physical Ability Test) – Prior to being offered employment, candidates must pass a physical ability exam. Eligible candidates will be notified of the exam location, date and time by email. 

Medical Examination – Prior to an offer of employment, candidates will be required to complete and pass a thorough medical examination, including a drug screen. The department utilizes the NFPA 1582 standards.

Psychological Evaluation –Candidates selected for hire may be required to pass a Psychological Evaluation. It is important to note that the examination is not designed to measure mental health. Rather, the examination compares your profile to that of a successful firefighter in the Salt Lake City Fire Department. The Department has carefully reviewed the psychological examination and we believe this examination is a good predictor of success as a firefighter.

Background Investigation – Successful candidates will be required to undergo a background investigation. The investigation may explore such areas as employment history, driving record, arrest and conviction record, personal references, and history of use of controlled substances or alcohol. Firefighters are held to a high standard when it comes to integrity and ethics.

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Job Requirements

  • Age: 18
  • Education: n/a
  • Experience: n/a

Contact Informaton

Darby Egbert

Salt Lake City Fire Department
475 South 300 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
phone: (801) 209-5241

How to Apply

Visit www.slcfire.com/jobs to apply. 

For information regarding the testing processJennifer Sykes, HR Consultant, 801-799-4109 or Jennifer.Sykes@slcgov.com

For information regarding general recruitment and test preparation eventsDarby Egbert, Recruitment & Outreach Coordinator 801-209-5241 or Darby.Egbert@slcgov.com

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