Fire Fighter Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technician Certification


Every firefighter candidate is required to possess State of Arizona Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification at the time of the final selection interview.  National Registry EMT certifications will not be accepted.  This course is offered at most local Community Colleges. To locate a class for EMT you can visit the Arizona Department of Health Services.


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Here is information on each step in the hiring process, including the written exam, the eligibility list, oral board interviewing, background checks, physicals and drug testing.

CPAT - Candidate Physical Ability Test
Proof of successful completion of a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) from a licensed agency is required at the time of final selection interview.  The certification can not be more than 6 months old at the time of the final selection interview.

Firefighter Recruit Training
Firefighter Recruit is an employment classification for entry level members assigned to the Phoenix Fire Training Academy for Firefighter Recruit Training.

Affinity Groups
An Affinity Group is a group of people formed around a shared interest or common goal who support each other and work together.  There are several groups associated with the fire department.  Please contact them directly.

Firefighter I & II Certification
Firefighter I & II Certification may be obtained from a number of sources.  To assist you we have identified a few.

Cadet Program
The Phoenix Fire Department Cadet Program was started in 1975. The purpose of the program is to provide cadets with hands-on emergency medical training, work experience at fire stations, training in firefighter skills and volunteerism for the community. 

Fire Science Classes
The Maricopa Community College District is a great resource to prepare you for a career as a firefighter. Current and former firefighters work as adjunct faculty and are there to help you prepare for a career as a firefighter. Click here to locate Fire Science Classes.

Fitness Preparation
Fitness Preparation is a very important part of the employment process.  

Sample Recruitment Packet
A Sample Recruitment Packet is available for downloading.  This is a sample of what will be available during the recruitment process.

Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.