When can I apply to become a Houston Firefighter?
You can apply online if you meet all of HFD’s minimum requirements and only when online applications are being accepted for an upcoming Civil Service Exam.

When can I apply to become a Houston Firefighter?
You can apply online if you meet all of HFD’s minimum requirements and only when online applications are being accepted for an upcoming Civil Service Exam.

I filled out an online application, when will I be contacted for the Civil Service Exam?
Once you complete your online application, you are automatically registered to sit for the Civil Service Exam. There is nothing else you need to do other than show up to take the exam. The Civil Service Exam date, time and location are included on the job posting; therefore please print the posting, and you will receive an auto reply notification from HR.

How long is the Civil Service Exam?
The exam is approximately three hours.

Do I need to buy a study guide for the Civil Service Exam?
No. Each applicant that applies online will receive an email that will include a link to access the preparation guide. If you are interested in another resource to help you prepare for the test, there is a practice test available from the vendor at a cost of $12.00.

What do I need to bring with me to the exam?
You must bring your Driver’s License or valid photo ID. If you are a military Veteran, you must bring a copy of your DD214 Members 4 in order to receive your (5) extra military points.

Can I take the Civil Service Exam in another City?
No. The Civil Service Exam is valid only for applicants applying for the City of Houston.

How long is the application process?
The application process is approximately three (3) months to six (6) months long. However, the process can be expedited or delayed by the applicant and the class start date. The applicant must be available for scheduling, pass each phase of the process and produce all necessary documents before he/she can proceed to the next phase.

Is a credit check part of the background investigation?
No. We do not conduct a credit check.

If I do not meet current minimum requirements, can I still apply?
No. If you sit for the Civil Service Exam you must meet the minimum requirements by the HFD compliance date.

I am currently in the military. Can I still apply?
Yes, but you must meet the minimum requirements and take the Civil Service Exam. If an applicant cannot process due to military duty ETS date, we may delay processing, but the needs of the department will be first priority.

How long is the training period?
The training period depends on the type of cadet academy class you are selected for.

Where does the training take place?
The training will occur at the Val Jahnke Training Facility, just outside of the Hobby Airport fence line, at 8030 Braniff, Houston, Texas 77061. (EMT Training location may vary)

Does HFD offer a paramedic program?
Yes. EMS offers paramedic classes at various times throughout the year. Firefighters/EMT's can apply for this program after completing the academy.

Is the training paid and will the salary increase after training?
Yes and the salary of a firefighter trainee will increase once he/she completes the fire academy (See the Benefits section for more details).

How long is the probationary period?
12 months from date of hire.

Can Firefighter Trainees choose the station where he/she will work?
Only the top ranking graduates from the fire academy will be given an opportunity to choose from a list of designated fire stations. Other trainees will be assigned a station.

Are there promotional opportunities as a firefighter?
Once the probationary period is satisfactorily completed and the member has functioned in the capacity of a Firefighter for at least four (4) years; then he/she may take a promotional test for Engineer/Operator (EO). After serving two (2) years in the capacity of any given rank, the member may test for the next higher rank. If the member passes the test, he/she will be placed on a ranking list and promoted to a vacant position when available.

Other Facts

• Business attire is required at all steps in the process except the physical ability test.
• No shorts ,jeans , cutoffs, or midriffs are accepted.
• Addresses and phone numbers must be correct on all documents.
• Certificates of Dispositions are required for each arrest, traffic citation and failure to appear in court citations.
• W-2 or 1040 form must be submitted for employers that are no longer in business and for self employed applicants.
• A Classified Recruiter must be notified of any change in name, phone number, or address of the applicant in writing.

Please note: Information on this webpage is subject to change and should be verified with HFD Classified Recruiting.


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