Salt Lake City

Fire Department

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

Fire Department Employment


We will begin accepting applications for Entry-Level Firefighters (Firefighter I) in January 2020.


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

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:


Salt Lake City Fire Department administers an entry-level testing process every two (2) years to establish a list of qualified firefighter and firefighter/paramedic candidates.

After the written exam, the top 50-100 will be invited to the Oral Board Assessment.  Successful candidates will be ranked on a hiring register approved by the Civil Service Commission. As openings occur in the Fire Department over the two-year (2) period, candidates will be chosen from the list for further testing and consideration. If the initial list becomes exhausted, more candidates will be invited to participate in the rest of the process.

Two separate Civil Service Eligibility Lists will be established from this process: Entry‐Level Firefighter and Entry‐Level Firefighter/Paramedic. Only those with current Utah Paramedic certification by the date of the Oral Board Assessment will be eligible for the Firefighter/Paramedic list. A candidate may be eligible for placement on both Eligibility Lists. A combination of candidates from both lists may be selected for future recruit classes. The composition of the class will depend upon needs of the department.


  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

NOTE: We do not require previous firefighting experience, EMT/Paramedic certification, or any fire certifications prior to hiring.


The primary responsibility of a firefighter is the protection of life and property efficiently and rapidly through rescue, firefighting and prevention. Those who choose it as their career will sometimes have no choice but to put their lives and personal safety on the line for the safety and well being of their community and its’ citizens. Firefighters must be willing to perform hazardous tasks under emergency conditions, which may require strenuous exertion under such adverse conditions as smoke, heat and cramped conditions. Firefighters may also face working conditions, which involve such events as chemical spills, explosions, floods, and electrical hazards.

Persons wishing to become firefighters should have the capability to work as part of a team. Teamwork is an essential part of the job because it reduces the potential for injuries and loss of life, as well as increasing the effectiveness of handling emergency situations.

Cooperation and the ability to get along with others are essential characteristics for firefighters at the fire scene and also at the fire station. Since firefighters work two 24‐hour consecutive shifts, it is important that they are able to get along with their peers.

Firefighting demands a high level of dedication. Firefighters also must study long hours and go through extensive periods of training to become effective and efficient professional firefighters. In return, they are offered a challenging and exciting job, which serves the community. They also receive competitive pay and benefits along with excellent opportunities for advancement.


Salt Lake City Fire Department has a three‐platoon system (A, B or C). Full‐time firefighters are scheduled to work two 24-hour consecutive shifts and then are scheduled off for four 24-hour days.


Firefighters must be of sound mental and physical health. SLCFD utilizes the criteria found in NFPA 1582.  Due to the nature of this job, the examination is very thorough.

Height & Weight – There is no minimum or maximum height requirement. Weight should be proportionate to height (tested by measuring the percent of body fat).

Eyesight – Visual acuity, without correction, worse than 20/40 in one eye and 20/100 in the other eye; or visual acuity, with correction, worse than 20/20 in one eye, and 20/40 in the other eye is cause for rejection.

Color Vision – Failure to identify red or green or both is cause for rejection.

Hearing – Hearing acuity loss by an audiometric test of 20 decibels or more for the speech frequencies in either ear or loss of speech reception of phonetically balanced words at or below 90 percent normal reception for either ear is cause for rejection.

Blood Pressure – Hypertension evidenced by preponderant blood pressure readings of 150 mm or more systolic in an individual over 35 years of age or preponderant readings of 140 mm or more systolic in an individual 35 years of age or less is cause for rejection. Preponderant pressure over 90 mm diastolic is cause for rejection at any age.

Drug Screen – Candidates who are selected for hire must pass a physical examination, including a drug screen.


The Fire Chief will not recommend to the Civil Service Commission the hiring of you as a firefighter for SLCFD if:

‐ You have been convicted of a felony crime, or a crime for which you would be required to register per Utah Law.

‐ You have been convicted of a DUI within two (2) years of your application; or convicted of two (2) DUI’s, regardless of the time limit.

‐ You have been convicted of Domestic Violence or Domestic Assault.

‐ You have been dishonorably discharged from any Military Service.

‐ Taking or possessing without prescription or experimenting with any of the drugs in the following categories will be disqualifying within five (5) years of the date of application:

Hallucinogens (i.e., LSD, PCP, peyote, mushrooms, mescaline, etc.)

Narcotics (i.e., heroin, morphine, opium, codeine, methadone, etc.)

‐ Taking or possessing without prescription or experimenting with any of the drugs in the following categories will be disqualifying within two (2) years of the date of application:

Cannabis substances (i.e., marijuana, hashish, hash oil, etc.)

‐ Other areas of concern include, but are not limited to, the following:

Employment history; Military history; Driving history

Criminal activity or involvement; Truthfulness; Character issues


Opportunity for Employment – Your chances for becoming a Firefighter depend upon the number of openings that occur and the number of people competing for the positions. It is difficult to determine exactly how many positions will be filled during the two-year register. Such factors as budget, retirements, and other unforeseen circumstances make estimates difficult.

Hiring Procedure – Once the testing is complete, candidates will receive a final score, by which they will be rank‐ordered on the hiring register. The final score is comprised of a standard score, which combines your written exam score and Oral Board Assessment score then adjusted to include preference points for which you are eligible.

The hiring register developed as a result of this testing process will be good for a maximum of two (2) years.  Once the register expires, individuals still interested in the position of firefighter will be required to retake the examinations. It is your responsibility to keep the Fire Department informed of your current email address, mailing address and phone number during the entire time the list is active.


Probationary Period

Candidates who are hired are placed on probation for twelve (12) months. New employees who voluntarily resign during their probationary period may be required to reimburse their employer for the full cost of issued uniforms and equipment.

Recruit Training

Recruit school begins on the first day on the job. School is scheduled 40 hours per week and is held Monday through Thursday and lasts approximately 14 weeks. Each recruit is monitored and evaluated closely during this period. Recruits should plan to study for three hours each night and must pass the required written and skills based evaluations. Recruits are required to maintain a heavy physical fitness schedule, which includes daily physical training as well as drills. You are paid your firefighter salary while attending recruit school.


After successfully completing recruit school, firefighters are required to participate in an apprenticeship program for approximately two (2) years.

Disclaimer: The information on the preceding pages is intended to be a guide for prospective firefighters. The testing procedures and hiring requirements are subject to change at any time without prior notice. (Last update: March 2017)


  1. FireTEAM Written Exam by Ergometrics – Only those who have applied through the city’s employment website will be allowed entrance to the written exam. On the day of the written exam, you MUST bring picture identification and verification of your birth date. You should also bring two sharpened #2 pencils. The exam will last approximately three hours.
  2. Oral Board Assessment – Candidates who score high enough on the written exam will be referred for further consideration to participate in the Oral Board Assessment. You will be notified via email of the exact date, time and place of the Oral Board Assessment.
  3. CPAT – (Candidate Physical Ability Test) – Prior to being offered employment, candidates must pass a physical ability exam. Eligible candidates will be notified of the exam location, date and time by email.  Medical Examination – Prior to an offer of employment, candidates will be required to complete and pass a thorough medical examination, including a drug screen. The department utilizes the NFPA 1582 standards.
  4. Psychological Evaluation –Candidates selected for hire may be required to pass a Psychological Evaluation. It is important to note that the examination is not designed to measure mental health. Rather, the examination compares your profile to that of a successful firefighter in the Salt Lake City Fire Department. The Department has carefully reviewed the psychological examination and we believe this examination is a good predictor of success as a firefighter.
  5. Background Investigation – Successful candidates will be required to undergo a background investigation. The investigation may explore such areas as employment history, driving record, arrest and conviction record, personal references, and history of use of controlled substances or alcohol. Firefighters are held to a high standard when it comes to integrity and ethics.


In order to receive preference points for any of the following, individuals are requested to provide copies at the time of the Oral Board Assessment.

Paramedic– Candidates must have a Utah Paramedic Certification by the date of the Oral Board Assessment to receive preference points. Individuals may apply for reciprocity through the State Bureau of Emergency Medical Services at (801) 273‐6666 or (800) 284‐1331. It generally takes 90 days to complete the reciprocity process.

Military/Veteran– Candidates are requested to provide a copy of their DD‐214 by the date of the Oral Board Assessment to receive preference points.

Upon determination of the candidate’s total numerical score (which will include results from both the written exam and Oral Board Assessment), preference points will be added to the final score of those who have advanced.  Points are as follows:

Veteran’s Preference Points 5

Disabled Veteran’s Points 10

Paramedic Preference Points 1


  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


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.


The physical skills a firefighter needs to possess will be tested in this portion of the testing process. This exam is very strenuous because the work of a firefighter can be very strenuous. The test is comprised of eight (8) events in which you will have to lift, carry, pull and climb to show that you have the ability to do the activities required of a firefighter. Each event demonstrates an important physical ability.

The CPAT will be administered at Utah Valley University. Not all candidates will initially be invited to attend the CPAT; rather candidates will be sent as needed according to department openings. If a candidate can provide documentation that they have successfully completed a CPAT test within the last year, they will not be required to retake the CPAT test in Utah.

Those invited to participate in the CPAT will be emailed a CPAT orientation guide/preparation manual and the option to go through an orientation and practice session prior to the final test date.  Candidates may also wish to view YouTube videos of the CPAT in order to prepare.




The first part of the testing process is the written exam. After the written exam is administered, a cut off score will be determined. The cut-off score will be determined by evaluating department need, the potential for adverse impact, and other factors. We expect to invite the top 50-100 candidates to participate in the Oral Board Assessment. All candidates will be notified by via email only of their written exam results. Candidates who score above the cut off will be notified to report for the Oral Board Assessment.  All or only parts of the FireTEAM test may be used.

Part I

FireTEAM Video-Based Human Relations Test focuses on teamwork and human relations skills and was specifically designed for firefighters. Candidates watch a video segment, then choose the BEST course of action in a multiple-choice format. Once they have chosen the BEST possible course of action, they are asked to identify the WORST possible course of action. This test is presented on computer or video and the items play without stopping.

Part II

In addition to answering the Part I questions of FireTEAM Video-Based Human Relations Test, candidates are instructed to observe the behaviors of the individual firefighters portrayed. They have the opportunity to observe behavior on multiple occasions for many of the firefighters. Part II of FireTEAM Video-Based Human Relations Test consists of questions about these firefighters and their behaviors. Part II immediately follows Part I.

FireTEAM Animated Mechanical Aptitude Test

FireTEAM Animated Mechanical Aptitude Test is a multiple-choice mechanical aptitude test presented on video. Candidates see detailed introductions to an animated brick-making factory, then are asked questions about the factory. Most of the questions are about basic mechanical objects such as valves and principles such as water pressure. They are also asked to answer trouble shooting type questions and observe system operations for problems. All of the questions can be answered based on common sense and observation of how everyday objects work.

FireTEAM Reading Test

This test is designed specifically for firefighters, a job requiring ongoing study of difficult and technical materials. This test is based on training material, and candidates are required to choose a word that best fits in the blank.

FireTEAM Math Test

This math test is designed specifically for firefighters. The questions are presented on video. Candidates must complete the calculations in their heads. No written calculation is permitted. Questions are based on the type of math that firefighters must use on a regular basis as part of the job. Basic areas covered include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and proportions.

FireTEAM Practice Test

There is no study guide for the FireTEAM Test, but for more detailed information and 30+ practice items with discussion, visit the FireTEAM Practice Test website at


The Oral Board Assessment will consist of structured, behaviorally-based interview questions.  Your responses will be evaluated by fire officers and other firefighters or firefighter specialists.

The following attributes may be assessed in the Oral Board Assessments:

  • Assertiveness – Assert oneself when necessary to exert control over others.
  • Emotional Self-Control – Maintain one’s composure in stressful situations.
  • Interest in People – Exhibit an active interest in understanding and working with people.
  • Interpersonal Skills – Be sensitive to others; resolve problems without arousing antagonism; be courteous and respectful; resolve conflicts through persuasion and not force; influence people and inspire their confidence and respect.
  • Oral Expression – Communicate various types of communication orally in a clear and understandable manner; project one’s voice clearly; communicate over radios and other electronic transmission equipment.
  • Situational Reasoning – Make prompt and effective decisions quickly in both routine and non-routine (life and death) situations; evaluate alternative courses of action and select the most acceptable alternative.
  • Teamwork – Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and other fire service officials.
  • Writing – Express yourself clearly and concisely in writing; use acceptable grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Dependability – Be conscientious, reliable, thorough, punctual, and accurate and assume a fair share of the workload.
  • Flexibility/Adaptability – Adapt to changes in working conditions.
  • Initiative – Proceed on assignments without waiting to be told to do so.
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