Become a Firefighter
The Tallahassee Fire Department is looking for hard-working, caring, professional individuals who desire to work in the rewarding and challenging profession of Fire/EMS.
Applications must be active with required valid certifications on file with the department by February 15 of each year. See section titled To Apply below from more details.
Job Duties Include:
Responds to fire alarms with a fire company. Rescues individuals and provides appropriate emergency medical assistance. Performs property conservation operations such as placing salvage covers, sweeping water and removing debris. Administers first response first aid to injured or afflicted persons or advanced life support if working as a FF/Paramedic. Tallahassee firefighters work a 53-hour workweek, 24 hours on, 48 hours off, with shifts starting at 7:00pm.
Compliance with Florida Statute 633
Residency: None required
Age: At least 18 years old at the time of application.
Education: Applicant must be a high school graduate or have a GED equivalency at the time of application.
License/Certifications: Possess a valid Class D or Class E Florida Driver's License. Possess a State of Florida Certificate of Compliance for Firefighter Minimum Standards and State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic Certification at time of application.
If you do not currently possess the required certifications, please refer to the following links for training center locations.
If you possess an out-of-state firefighter certificate of compliance, contact the Florida State Fire College at the above website or call (352) 369-2800. If you possess an out-of-state EMT or Paramedic certification, contact the State EMS office at the Florida Department of Health website above or call (850) 488-0595.
Tobacco Use: Must be a non-user of tobacco products for at least one year immediately preceding the date of application, as evidenced by a sworn affidavit completed at time of hire.
To participate in our annual entry-level firefighter test, submit an online application on the city's website.
Your application will not be processed unless the following documents are submitted at the time of application by upload, fax (850-891-0841 ATTN: HR Officer) or email (attachment file size limit of 1MB):
- Florida Driver's License
- Florida EMT and/or Paramedic card
(Please note: EMT/Paramedic certifications expire 12/01 of every even year. To remain on the eligibility list, an active applicant must provide a copy of the renewed certification to the department no later than January 31 of the following year, example EMT expires 12/01/2014, the copy must be received by 01/31/2015.)
- Florida Firefighters Certification of Compliance
(Please note: If it has been 4 years or more since initially receiving your Florida certification and you have not been employed as a paid firefighter any time during the last 4 years, you must also submit verification from the state that your fire certification is in compliance. This verification must include your name, certificate number, and the date the compliance is good through.)
If you are claiming Veteran's Preference on your application, please also send your DD-214 or appropriate supporting documentation with the above documents. Please submit only the listed documents at time of application. Additional documentation may be presented if given an interview.
We accept applications on a continuous basis. Applications must be active with required certifications on file with the department by February 15 of each year in order to take that year's entry-level firefighter test. Please note that active applicants must also clear the preliminary driver's license check in order to test. Eligible applications are active for one year from date of submission, as long the required valid certifications are on file with the department. If you have any questions, please call 850-606-6636.
Note: The Department sends emails to applicants to acknowledge receipt of the application, to notify of ineligibility, and to provide other requested information. If you apply, please ensure you are checking your emails periodically, including your spam folder, so as not to miss any important emails sent by the Department. If you change any of your contact information after submitting an application, please send an email.
The City of Tallahassee is an equal opportunity employer and invites applications without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation and gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation during the selection process.
TFD Firefighter Testing
Written Test - The department uses the Certified Firefighter-EMT test written by Fire & Police Selections, Inc. (FPSI) which contains 100 questions measuring knowledge of both IFSTA Essentials (5th Ed.) and Brady Emergency Care (10th Ed.). These books may be purchased for study from various sources, including Amazon. In addition, FPSI has a practice test available for purchase from their website in both online and hardcopy versions via the links below.
Physical Ability Test (PAT) - After the written tests have been scored, those applicants that are selected to move forward to the department's physical ability test (PAT) will be notified by email regarding scheduling for the PAT. The department will send the email to the account listed on the application, so an applicant should check that account regularly as to not miss any deadlines for scheduling. The department's PAT consists of 10 events that represent activities that a Tallahassee firefighter would be expected to perform. To familiarize yourself with our PAT, please click on the links below.
Applicants will be required to submit a completed Waiver of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement and a Physician Statement in order to participate in the PAT. These forms may be obtained by clicking the links below.
TFD Firefighter Interviews
Applicants who successfully pass the PAT will be invited to participate in the interview process. Applicants who interview will be placed on the department's eligibility list for consideration in hiring during the course of the list which runs June 1 - May 31, as long as their application is active and the required valid certifications are on file with the department.
If You Receive a Conditional Offer of Employment...
Background Investigation: A thorough background investigation is conducted. This includes driver's license history, credit check, personal, employment, and neighbor reference checks, and a nationwide criminal check.
Testing/Evaluations: A polygraph will be conducted along with written and oral psychological evaluations. Finally, a job-related physical exam and drug testing will be given.