STEP 1 - Civil Service Exam (CSE)

The CSE consists of basic Reading and Math questions. After submitting an online application you will receive a study guide.

APPLY – Start the application process by completing an online application.


At this time all applicants should begin submitting all required immunization records to the HFD Infection Control Office by email at hfdinfectioncontrol@houstontx.gov using the provided cover sheet.

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CLICK HERE for for immunization requirements

CLICK HERE for immunization cover sheet

STEP 2 - Physical Ability Test(PAT)

The Physical Ability Test consists of two separate components. The first component is a series of tasks designed to assess important physical abilities necessary for effective job performance as a firefighter. The second component is a 1.5 mile run.

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CLICK HERE for PAT Location

STEP 3 - Fingerprints

CLICK HERE for Fingerprints(Identogo)

STEP 4 - Interview

Required processing documents must be submitted to your assigned recruiter for review.All documentation provided will be reviewed for consistency, accuracy, and authenticity at the interview. CLICK HERE for Processing Documents list


STEP 5 - Polygraph Examination

Each applicant must pass a polygraph examination without deception.


STEP 6 - Background Investigation

A background investigation including residential, employment, educational, military, criminal history and driving record (State & National checks) will be completed on each applicant.


STEP 7 - Conditional Job Offer

Complete new hire paperwork, drug test, medical exam, physical exam, and uniform fitting. Dress Code is Business Professional!

Academy Cadet Job Requirements
CLICK HERE to view the academy cadet job requirements

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