Fire Department Employment
Becoming a Firefighter. The testing and application processes are similar for most fire departments and the following will give you a good idea of what to expect.
Before the tests (Applying): Most departments will require that you have certain certifications before you apply for a position. Required certifications vary from department to department. At Logan Fire we require: Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and EMT-Advanced to be eligible to apply. Make sure that you have the requirements met before you go through the work of applying. You will not be scheduled to test if you don't meet all the requirements.
When you fill out an application for a firefighter position make sure that you fill out your application/resume completely and neatly. Often these applications/resumes are scored and can be used to rank you against other applicants.
Firefighter tests only happen once a year or once every other year so it is critical that you stay connected to web sites and e-mail lists so you know when departments are testing. When you find out that a department is ready to test you can download an application and testing information. Make sure that you know how it works in each individual department.
Once you you have your application turned in and it meets all of the requirements you will be notified when the test will take place. Most departments have multiple steps in the testing process. The following identifies Logan Fire Departments "general" process however that process may change from test to test:
Step 1 - Physical Test: This is a pass/fail test. Only those with a passing score will be allowed to continue in the testing process. Take a look at the video to see the test. Logan Fire uses this test and other departments have similar tests. Tests are designed to have firefighter skills incorporated but still be simple enough for the average person to perform even if they have no firefighting experience. Either you make the allotted time or you don't. Logan Fire Department Physical Test Video
Step 2 - Written Test: The written test may include math skills, spelling and grammar skills, map reading skills, decision making skills and interpersonal skills. It is sometimes difficult to study for these tests but you can get information that will explain what to expect from many sources including the Internet.
Logan Fire Department incorporates a video based test in which the applicants view a scenario and then are asked to provide what they believe is the proper actions to be taken in that situation.
Step 3 - Medical Skills Test: In this part of the testing process candidates are given a medical scenario similar to a "mega code" in which their medical skills are evaluated.
Step 4 - Oral Interview Board: The Oral Interview Board can also vary from department to department. It is usually proctored by the firefighters and/or chief officers who will ask the candidates open ended questions. These questions may be specifically related to firefighting knowledge or general organizational skills and abilities.. Many of the questions however will likely be questions where you will have to make a decision and explain why you made that decision. This interview will scored and have an effect on your ranking.
Step 5 - Education and Experience: Points are given for education and experience as listed on your application and resume. It is critical that all pertinent information is readily retrievable from those documents.
Step 6 - Officers Interview: Once you are placed on a certified list there is one last process before the final choice is made, the Chiefs interview.You will be notified if your name has been placed on a certified list and instructions for the Chiefs interview if needed. The questions that are asked in this interview vary greatly but are usually based on decision making and questions to find out what kind of employee you might be. If you can find out from a firefighter that already works with the department what attributes are important in that department it might give you a leg up. It is important to dress appropriately.
Fire Department testing is a lengthy and complex process. Since fire departments are making a 20 to 30 year investment they must be sure they are hiring the right person. If you look at this process and it seems like more than you want to do, your not ready to be a firefighter. If you are ready and willing to test realize that it is a long process.
Applying and Testing with Logan City We are looking for firefighters who are interested in responding to a great deal of medical calls. We are looking for people who want to make a career and a life here in Logan.
All applicants for the position must be certified to the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy Firefighter II and State of Utah EMT-Advanced level. You must have these certifications completed before you apply. Check with the appropriate state agency for reciprocity requirements. Having additional certifications related to firefighting and emergency medicine will help you later in the hiring process but aren't required. A college degree will also help especially if it is in a fire related field.
Life as a firefighter in Logan is amazing. It is well worth the effort. These tests are designed to find those people who are good decision makers, physically fit, mentally strong, persistent, and committed. Come and test with us! See if you have what it takes to be a Logan firefighter.