Firefighter Recruitment

​Welcome to the Phoenix Fire Department Firefighter Recruitment web site!

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Please check this site for information and updates.  Also, subscribe to the weekly City of Phoenix Job Posting emails to stay up to date on recruitment announcements. The City of Phoenix Recruit testing process is determined by staffing levels, building of new fire stations and budget and not conducted on a pre-scheduled basis.  

The Phoenix Firefighter written exam is usually offered once per year, sometime in the fall.  When a date is established, it will be published here.

There are several steps you must take to be eligible to become a professional firefighter. For more information, please see the links below.

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Hiring Process

Here is information on each step in the hiring process.


Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification

Every Phoenix Firefighter is required to obtain and maintain a State of Arizona  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 within 6 months is required at the scheduled date of your final selection interview.

Firefighter I & II Certification

Firefighter I & II Certification may be obtained from a number of sources.  To assist you we have identified a few. Firefighter candidates are not required to have Firefighter 1 & 2 certification.

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.

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.

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.