Monday, May 18, 2009

How to Become a Houston Firefighter

The Houston Fire Department has a straight forward recruiting process that is very common for a large city. There are minimum requirements that must be met in order to start the recruitment process. Once the process has started, as step that is failed by an applicant the process discontinued and employment will be denied. Make sure you properly prepare for each step.

Things You'll Need:
  • Be between 19 and 36 years old

  • Completed sixty (60) accredited college hours

  • Valid Driving Record with no more than (2) violations within the last 33 years

  • Complete Fire and EMT Academy in less than a year


  1. Complete an application. You will need three copies of your drivers license, social security card, and birth certificate. Two current passport photos, sealed official transcripts from each college attended, current Health Care Provider CPR card, and certificates of disposition for all driving and violations. Immunization records must also be submitted.

  2. Sign up and take the Civil Service Exam. At a minimum, the Houston Fire Department hosts two exams per year. Make sure you study to ensure you score in the highest percentile.

  3. The physical ability test that the Houston Fire Department uses is a job-related test called the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).

  4. You must satisfactorily pass a polygraph examination as part of a detailed background investigation. All information submitted on the application will be confirmed and verified. Finger prints are required as part of this exam.

  5. Once you receive a conditional job offer you will need to take a medical exam and drug test. The NFPA 1582 standard medical exam & illegal drugs screen is used by the department.


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