Fire Fighter Hiring Process

Phoenix Fire Department Hiring Process 1. Written TestThe recruit examination is a 100-question, multiple-choice test with most of the questions taken from the Firefighter Recruit Exam Study Guide available for download 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:  Veterans and/or disabled persons who PASS the written exam are eligible to receive 5 additional points. Eligible applicants will receive the            additional points only upon obtaining a PASSING score on the written exam. 2. Applicant Eligibility ListApplicants 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 recruitment.pfd@phoenix.gov . 3. Oral Board InterviewThe 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. 4. Background Check and PhysicalA 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 Get more information on the Tier 4 Program.Download The CPAT Candidate Preparation Guide on cardiovascular fitness and conditioning. 5.  Drug TestingCandidates 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.