Phoenix Fire Department Hiring Process
1. Written Test
The recruit examination is a 100-question, multiple-choice test with a majority of the questions taken from a pretest study guide provided at the time of application. The test also includes reading comprehension and basic math questions. Applicants are NOT allowed to use the study guide when taking the written exam.
**Note: Additional Preference Points May be available to Veterans or Disabled Persons see City of Phoenix Employment website for more information.
2. Applicant Eligibility List
Applicants who successfully pass the written test will be placed on the Firefighter Recruit eligibility list by the City of Phoenix Human Resources Department. When the list is certified, it will be forwarded to the Fire Department. The Fire Department uses the eligible list to invite applicants for job interviews. For address and other important info. changes, please use the following e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org .
3. Oral Board Interview
The City of Phoenix Fire Department conducts two rounds of oral interviews. For the preliminary interview, candidates will receive an invitation letter giving the date, time and location of the interview. Candidates are allowed 20 minutes for the interview. Candidates are notified in the letter to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to their interview time if they wish to review the questions prior to their interview. Candidates will be allowed 15 minutes to review the questions. If candidates arrive late, time to review the questions is forfeited. After the interview is concluded, candidates will be handed an exit information sheet. The exit information explains that each candidate will receive a letter either inviting them to a final selection interview or not. Candidates will receive a letter either way.
If you are selected to continue on in the interview process, the next letter you will receive will include the date, time and location of your final selection interview. Candidates will be asked to provide proof of a State of Arizona Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification (National Registry EMT certification not accepted) and Proof of successful completion of a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) from a licensed agency. This certification must be no more than 6 months old at time of final selection interview.
Candidates are allowed 20 minutes for the interview. Candidates are notified in the letter to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to their interview if they wish to review the questions. Candidates will be allowed 15 minutes to review the questions. If candidates arrive late, time to review the questions is forfeited. At this time, those who have completed a final selection interview will be placed on a hiring list. Those who are selected to continue on to the hiring process will get a phone call from the Fire Department Human Resources Officer/Deputy Chief or his/her designee. In order to be hired and start the Academy (or a trainee position in the district offices) you must first pass a background check (this includes having a good driving record with fewer then 8 pts within the past three years) and a physical examination. If you are not selected for hiring at this time, you will remain on the hiring list for possible hiring until the list expires.
4. Background Check and Physical
A comprehensive background investigation is conducted on applicants to establish evidence of good moral character, a well-adjusted personality, community commitment, fire service adaptability, and a pattern of conduct acceptable to the Phoenix Fire Department. Be sure to answer the application screening questions accurately!
Note: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires that an applicant provide the City of Phoenix with proof of identification and authorization to work prior to employment. The most common documents that will furnish this proof are: Arizona Driver license AND Social Security Card.
You should make sure that your name appears the same on whatever documents you choose to provide as proof. If there is a problem with documentation, the employee will have 8 working days to resolve the problem, and if it is not resolved then their employment will be terminated.
Candidates must complete and pass a medical examination. This examination includes a cardiovascular fitness component that must be passed with a Tier 2 grading or better. For more information on the Tier 4 Program click HERE. The CPAT Candidate Preparation Guide on cardiovascular fitness and conditioning, is available for download, click HERE.
5. Drug Testing
Candidates will be administered a pre-employment drug screening test including testing for anabolic steroids. Drug screening tests will be conducted annually by the Fire Department throughout employment.
Every Phoenix Firefighter is required to obtain and maintain Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification.
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.
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.
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 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.