Firefighter Recruit Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I get an application for firefighter Recruit?
  2. How often does the Mesa Fire Department Hire?
  3. When will applications be available?
  4. What are the minimum requirements to apply?
  5. Do I have to be an emergency Medical Technician (EMT) to apply?
  6. I am an out of state EMT, where can I find information about becoming an Arizona EMT?
  7. Do you accept applications from out of state applicants?
  8. Can I test if I do not have an Arizona drivers license?
  9. What is the testing process to become a Mesa Firefighter?
  10. Do I have to take a CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) to get hired?
  11. Where do I obtain a CPAT?
  12. What is the salary of a Firefighter?

 

1.  How do I get an application for firefighter Recruit?

The City of Mesa is not currently accepting applications for Firefighter Recruit.

2.  How often does the Mesa Fire Department Hire?

New stations, planned retirements, the City budget and the state of the economy are just a few of the many factors that influence Firefighter Recruit hiring.  Therefore, it is difficult to predict how often testing will be conducted and how many Firefighter Recruits will be hired.  Click here to view the hiring history for the last 27 years.

3.  When will applications be available?

The City of Mesa is not currently accepting applications for Firefighter Recruit.

4.  What are the minimum requirements to apply?

  • 18 years of age by application closing date
  • Obtained High School diploma or GED by application closing date
  • Must have AZ EMT or NR (National Registry) EMT Certification and CPR Certification by September 18, 2012.  Visit the Maricopa Community College web site on obtaining an EMT Certification.

5.  Do I have to be an emergency Medical Technician (EMT) to apply?

You may apply without EMT Certification, but you must be certified by conditional offer date.  Visit the Arizona Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (AZBEMS) web sit at http://www.hs.state.az.us/bems/ or call 1-800-200-8523 to learn more about EMT certification eligibility.  To learn more about EMT class availability, visit the Maricopa Community College web site.

6.  I am an out of state EMT, where can I find information about becoming an Arizona EMT?

The Arizona Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (AZBEMS) is the regulatory body for EMT certification.  To learn more about EMT certification reciprocity, visit the AZBEMS web site at  http://www.hs.state.az.us/bems/ or call 1-800-200-8523.

7.  Do you accept applications from out of state applicants?

You are not required to live in the state to apply, test or work as a firefighter.  All travel expenses will be the candidate's responsibility.

8.  Can I test if I do not have an Arizona drivers license?

Yes, however, if selected you must possess a valid Arizona driver's license by hire date.  Visit the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division web site at http://www.azdot.gov/mvd/ to learn about how to secure a Arizona driver's license.

9.  What is the testing process to become a Mesa Firefighter?

The typical testing process to become a Mesa Fire Recruit is as follows:

  1. Complete an application during an open application period.
  2. Take a written exam and or a video based exam.
  3. First interview.
  4. Intern Orientation participation.
  5. Second interview.
  6. Conditional offer.

10.  Do I have to take a CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) to get hired?

Yes. Applicants selected to participate in the first interview will be asked to provide all information required to verify they have passed the CPAT.  The Mesa Fire Department will verify this information prior to the start of the Intern Orientation.  When we invite you to the first interview, we will email you a CPAT Result Authorization form.  This form is to be thoroughly filled out and brought to the first interview.  Applicants invited to participate in the Intern Orientation will have this information verified.  The City of Mesa will not be holding a CPAT; it is the applicant's responsibility to obtain a passing CPAT score.  Please note that any applicant meeting the minimum application requirements can apply and take the written exam without a CPAT. (Phoenix Fire Department will release their CPAT results to Mesa Fire).

11. Where do I obtain a CPAT?

The CPAT can be obtained from any CPAT licensee. Make sure the organization you take the CPAT through will release the results to Mesa Fire as well as other Arizona Fire Departments. You can get a CPAT in Arizona at certain Maricopa Community Colleges. Please see the Maricopa College web site for additional information.  For information on CPAT licensees, visit IAFF CPAT Information & current CPAT Licensees.

12. What is the salary of a Firefighter?

City of Mesa Job Descriptions and Pay Plans