Salt Lake City

Fire Department

833-SLC-FIRE (833-752-3473)


Utah’s Capital City Fire Department

At the Salt Lake City Fire Department, our firefighters take great pride in serving Utah’s capital city.

We value community, safety, service, leadership, trust, and responsibility.

We strive to provide exceptional emergency services by focusing on progression, efficiency, and adaptability.

Hiring Spring 2020

The application for Firefighter I (Entry-Level Firefighter) goes live January 2020.

The Written Exam is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020.

2020 Hiring Guide & Interest List

Check out the SLC Fire 2020 Hiring Guide_revised 05.22.19 for a brief overview of the hiring process, recommended steps to take leading up to 2020, and test-preparation event dates.

Want to get signed up on the interest list? Here’s a step-by-step guide: SLC Fire 2020 Hiring Guide_Sign-Up Instructions for 2020 Interest List_revised 06.14.19

About Our Department

  • Over 40,000 (2018) calls per year 
  • 14 fire stations with over 340 employees
  • Crews service a population of up to 500,000 within Salt Lake City’s 97 square miles 
  • Three-platoon system with crews rotating every 48 hours 
  • Specialty certifications include Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF), Engineer, Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Technician, Heavy Rescue Technician, Fire Investigation, Paramedic, and Swift Water Rescue 
  • Call response areas include: high-rise, industrial, commercial, residential, two major freeways, and wildland urban-interface



We administer an entry-level testing process every two (2) years, on even calendar years, to establish a list of qualified entry-level firefighter (Firefighter I) candidates.

The process begins with an entry-level Written Exam. After the Written Exam, the top-scoring candidates will be invited to the Oral Board Assessment (interview). Your Oral Board Assessment and Written Exam scores are combined to determine if you will receive an invitation to take the Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT). The CPAT assessment is pass or fail. Successful candidates will then be ranked, based on overall performance, and placed on a hiring list.

Between 2020 and 2022, candidates will be selected from the list for further testing and consideration, as positions become available. If the initial list becomes exhausted more candidates will be invited to participate in the remainder of the process.

Individuals who are offered employment will be required to successfully complete and pass Recruit School. The composition of the class will depend upon the needs of the department.

Candidates may petition the Civil Service Commission if they believe an error was made in the administration of the testing process. If you have a concern with the Written Exam, Oral Board Assessment, or CPAT, you may contact the SLC Fire Department HR Consultant at (801) 799‐4109.

Hiring Eligibility & FAQs

In order to be considered for employment, a candidate must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Ability to legally work in the US
  2. At least 18 years of age by the date of the written exam
  3. Possess a high school diploma or GED by date of the Oral Board Assessment
  4. Possess a valid driver license by the time of employment

Q: Do you need previous firefighting, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), or Paramedic certification to be considered for employment? A: We do not require previous firefighting, EMT, or Paramedic certification prior to entry-level employment. Preference points may be awarded for previous certifications. Additionally, our department will cover the cost of basic EMT certification for Entry-Level Firefighters who do not possess a certificate at the time of hire.

Q: Does SLC Fire require a college degree to become a firefighter? A: No, however a high school diploma or GED is required by the date of the Oral Board Assessment. 

Q: Are there age, height, and weight requirements to be an SLC firefighter? A: Interested candidates must be 18 years old by the date of the Written Exam.

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Perks & Benefits


  • PTO (including sick and vacation)
  • Health insurance (includes medical, dental, and vision)
  • Retirement plan (through Utah Retirement Systems)
  • Tuition reimbursement (up to $4,000 per year)
  • Incentive pay for specialty certifications
  • Uniform allowance
  • Regular wage increases
  • Starting pay is around $40,000 annually


Before we are firefighters we are people. One of the greatest draws to this profession is the ability to connect on a human level, and make a meaningful difference in potentially the worst moment of a person’ s life. When 911 is activated, it is normally due to circumstances that are beyond the normal scope of control. It is profoundly rewarding to have the opportunity to positively impact a frightening situation and help return a chaotic event to some level of normalcy.


In addition to emergency response, we believe in strengthening the fabric of our community through providing fire safety education and demonstrations, participating in local events, creating platforms to interact with and develop the youth in our neighborhoods, and fostering relationships with key community advocates.


We believe that quality time spent off-duty is essential to the happiness and wellbeing of our employees. That’s why our full‐time firefighters are scheduled to work one 48-hour consecutive shift and then are scheduled off for 96 hours. We believe adequate time off encourages our firefighters to relax and recharge so they are ready to serve the residents of Salt Lake City upon their return.


Given the nature of this career, our firefighters are often exposed to traumatic experiences which can have a detrimental impact on their mental health. We have made it a priority to take care of our own, so we offer internal health and wellness programs addressing physical, emotional, and mental relief. The department also has a chaplain who serves to provide the spiritual needs of all department members, regardless of religious affiliation or background.

For more on whether you should choose firefighting as a career, click here.

Join Our Team


Primary contact for questions related to general recruitment, the SLC Fire interest list, hiring process, and test-preparation events:

Ms. Darby Egbert, MPA | SLC Fire Recruitment & Outreach Coordinator | C: 801.209.5241 (text-friendly); E:

Primary contact for questions related to the testing process, employment, and the Civil Service Commission:

Jennifer Sykes, MHR, PHR & SHRM-CP | SLC Corporation Senior Human Resource Consultant | P: 801-799-4109; E:

DISCLAIMER: The preceding information is intended to be a guide for prospective firefighter candidates. The testing procedures and hiring requirements are subject to change at any time without prior notice. (Last update: August 2019)

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