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Fire Department

Looking for a new career? One that offers a new challenge every day? One that saves lives and property? One that offers opportunity for advancement? One that offers job security?

The fire service is not just about fighting fires. Experienced fire fighters are eligible to compete for a variety of other positions within the Department. Positions include investigation, fire prevention, communications, training and administration.

History of the Department

The Oklahoma City Fire Department was once a small volunteer fire company with one donated, hand-drawn wagon housed in a small-framed building. When formed it was the Department’s duty to protect less than 10,000 residents. Today, the responsibility has grown to include over 600,000 residents. The Department has grown to approximately 1,000 career personnel operating around the clock. Our Department has 36 strategically located fire stations that respond to over 88,000 emergencies per year.

How do you get started?

Applications for entry-level firefighters are accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fire Administration located at 820 NW 5th Street. You may obtain additional information regarding the current application process by calling the Job Information Line at 405-297-FIRE (3473).


NOTE: This position will require a polygraph and extensive police background check prior to hiring.

Approximate Annual Salary: $35,204

NOTE: Upon completion of a one-year probationary period, the approximate annual salary increases to $43,305.

This is an entry-level training position with the Oklahoma City Fire Department and is under the direct supervision of the Fire Department. Fire Recruits are supervised by Fire Department Training Officers until such time as the basic instruction in firefighting skills and examination are completed. Upon completion of basic training, the trainee will be assigned to a duty station where the training received will be applied under the general supervision of a fire company officer. Fire Recruits will remain on probationary status until successfully completing their first year of service on the job. Recruits will perform individually and as a member of the firefighting team on training exercises. Essential job functions include: performing firefighting, rescue, first aid, ventilation, forcible entry, salvage, overhaul, site inspections, emergency medical, public fire education, hazardous materials, dispatching, and other tasks as assigned.


Applicants who possess their National or State of Oklahoma Paramedic Certification may receive preference upon successful completion of various phases of the fire recruit hiring process.

A five point preference will be awarded on the initial scored selection process for honorably discharged veterans or service members currently serving in the United States Armed Forces who are not currently employed full time by the City of Oklahoma City. Qualified veteran applicants must submit a copy of their DD Form 214 indicating discharge type/character. Qualified active duty, active guard and reserve service members must provide a letter from their commander stating current honorable service and character status. The above documentation must be received prior to the written test to receive point preference.

Comprehensive multi-phased selection process, details supplied upon submission of applications.



Insurance: Life and major medical plans available
Pension: Eligible for retirement after 22 years
Vacation: 96 hours per year
Sick Leave: 130 hours per year
10 regular holidays per year
Injury Insurance: Effective day of employment
Credit Union: Full banking services
Life Insurance: The Union provides $10,000 term coverage; optional, supplemental and dependent coverage available at low rates
Health Insurance: Available for employee and dependent(s) coverage
Dental Insurance: Dental plan options are available for employee and dependent coverage at reasonable rates

Firefighter duties

Oklahoma City Firefighters engage directly in fire prevention, firefighting, emergency medical care, technical rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, disaster response, public education, and community service. The Oklahoma City Fire Department focuses on creating a supportive environment.

Tuition Reimbursement
The Oklahoma City Fire Department supports and encourages continuing education. In fact there are a number of employees throughout the department who have their degree, or are currently working towards a degree. Under the Tuition Reimbursement program, the city will reimburse up to $1,250 a semester for courses taken at an Oklahoma accredited institution, college, or university after the employee receives a passing grade.

Incentive Pay
Incentive pay will be paid to employees that have completed the following certified training:

Selection Method
Successfully complete a testing process consisting of a written examination that will initially rank and sequence candidates, a physical ability test, a personal interview, a background investigation, including a polygraph, related to a candidate’s suitability for the Fire Service, and a medical evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?
Applications are accepted Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Fire Administration, 820 NW 5th Street. An applicant is required to complete and submit an employment application with copy of high school diploma, GED or transcript and a completed Pre-Employment Information Scantron form. If applicable, provide copies of Paramedic/EMT licenses. To obtain a five point veteran preference on the written exam, a copy of DD Form 214 indicating an honorable discharge type/character must be submitted at time of application. Qualified active duty and active guard and reserve service members must provide a letter from their commander stating current honorable service and character status to obtain veteran points.

How do I schedule myself for the written test?
At time of application applicants are given a “Written Test Admission Slip”, which details the time and place of the written exam. The written exam is typically the first Monday of selected months. Additionally, on the “Written Test Admission Slip” is your assigned Pre-Employment Number. Remember this number as it is used for applicant tracking purposes and will be asked of you frequently.

What if I know that I cannot attend the assigned test date?
Being late or not attending your assigned test time will eliminate you from the process. Once an application is submitted, the applicant must attend the assigned test date. If you are not sure you will be able to attend the stated date it is recommended that you apply during a month in which you know you will be available.

Where is the written test conducted?
Testing is typically conducted at the Fire Training Center, 850 N. Portland Avenue. If the location differs, you will be notified at time of application.

Download map to Fire Training Center (PDF)

What types of questions make up the written exam?
The written examination consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. The written tests may include questions related to Mechanical Ability, Reasoning and Problem Solving, Mathematical Ability, Reading Ability, Spatial Ability, Verbal Expression and Customer Service/Teamwork.

How long does the test take?
Typically you are allowed approximately three hours to take the test. If you finish early you are allowed to leave.

Can I retest to improve my score?
An applicant’s score is good for the yearly hiring cycle. An applicant may apply once and retest after February 1 of each year.

How do I know if I will be selected to attend the next part of the selection process, the Candidate Physical Ability Test Orientation?
Each month new candidates are added to the existing eligibility list. Only the highest scoring applicants will be contacted to proceed to the next part of the hiring process. Those individuals will be determined and contacted during the month of February.

What is the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Orientation?
CPAT Orientation is conducted a minimum of eight weeks prior to the actual CPAT test. CPAT Orientation is mandatory. CPAT Orientation allows applicants the opportunity to receive a CPAT Orientation Booklet, view the CPAT presentation video and obtain hands on experience using course equipment. Fitness Coordinators are present to provide training and preparation tips. During the orientation session applicants are given the opportunity to accept or decline one or both of the future CPAT practice sessions. Practice session attendance is not mandatory. . Practice sessions are conducted within 30 days of the actual CPAT test.

The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is conducted to determine a candidate’s ability to physically perform duties commonly required of a Firefighter. The applicant must successfully complete the entire (CPAT) course in a minimum of 10 minutes, 20 seconds. The Candidate Physical Ability Test course is comprised of the following physical simulations:

  1. Stair Climb - The candidate will “climb steps” on a Stairmaster Stepmill at 60 steps per minute for 3 minutes and 20 seconds while wearing a 75 pound vest simulating a high rise pack. Upon completion of Stair Climb 25 pounds of weight is removed from the vest. The 50-pound vest will be worn throughout the remainder of the test.
  2. Hose Drag - Using a 1 ” uncharged hose line, the candidate will drag or pull the hose, drop to at least one knee and then pull the hose-line 50’ hand over hand toward them.
  3. Equipment Carry - During this exercise the candidate simulates removing equipment from a fire rig by carrying a K-12 and a chainsaw 75 feet then placing them back on the rig.
  4. Ladder Raise and Extension - This event uses two, 24-foot ground ladders and is designed to simulate the critical tasks of placing a ground ladder at a fire structure and extending the ladder to the roof or window.
  5. Forcible Entry - The candidate uses a mechanized device located 39 inches off the ground that measures cumulative force when hit with a ten-pound sledgehammer. The candidate will hit the device until a buzzer is activated.
  6. Search - This event uses an enclosed search maze that has obstacles and narrow spaces. The tunnel is three feet high, four feet wide and 64 feet long. The maze includes two 90-degree turns.
  7. Rescue – The candidate must drag a 165-pound dummy with shoulder straps 35 feet around a 55- gallon drum and back.
  8. Ceiling Breach and Pull – This event uses a mechanized device that measures overhead push and pull forces using a pike pole. The candidate must push a 60 pound hinged door and pull an 80-pound force.

Following the completion of the CPAT test, candidates are notified of the next part of the hiring process, the Oral Review Board.

Download Candidate Preparation Guide (PDF)

Where is the CPAT test conducted?
Testing is conducted at the City of Oklahoma City Municipal Maintenance Facility at 3738 NW 15th St., Training Building #3.

Download map to Municipal Maintenance Facility (PDF)

Who is selected to attend the Oral Review Board and what is its makeup?
The highest scoring applicants who pass the CPAT will be contacted to attend the Oral Review Board. Each candidate will be interviewed by a series of oral review board panels. Each panel is made up of a group of interviewers who will individually assess each candidate based on their verbal response to a series of questions.

The overall Oral Review Board score is considered with the written examination score in determining the eligibility list and possible applicant finalists. Oral Review Board Interviews are typically scheduled in April and May.

I understand a background investigation will be conducted. What will this entail?
Each candidate selected as a possible finalist will be required to complete a polygraph. Additionally, a criminal records check and employment work references are conducted.

I have completed the Written Test, CPAT, Oral Review Board and background investigation. What next?
It is at this time that conditional job offers are made to those candidates that have been selected for the next Fire Recruit Academy. This job offer is contingent upon completing a physical examination that is used to determine the candidate’s ability to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations. The City of Oklahoma City’s Occupational Health Manager conducts the physical examination.

What is the Fire Recruit Academy?
A fire fighter recruit completes a training program conducted by the Oklahoma City Fire Training Center, where he or she learns how to fight fires and how to deliver emergency medical services. A typical Recruit Academy lasts between 14 and 18 weeks. In the Academy, there are many written and hands-on examinations that must be passed along with physical training and testing. After passing the Academy, the new fire fighter is assigned to a fire station and completes the one-year probationary period.

Can I access this application on-line or have one sent to me?
You will not be able to access the application on-line.

Potential applicants who live outside of the state of Oklahoma should contact us by email at email

Is it possible to become a firefighter without my Firefighter 1 certificate?
Yes, it is possible. Firefighter I and II are taught in recruit academy.

Are there any internal positions that I can apply for i.e.: office or 911?
The office positions and 911 dispatchers are hired through the personnel department of the City of Oklahoma City.

How can I get into the field of fire investigation or other special divisions within the Fire Department?
Fire investigators and other specialists are selected through the promotion process from the ranks of our firefighters.

If I have completed FF I and FF 2, would I need to repeat it in the recruit academy?
At the present time, yes the courses would need to be repeated.

When is your next written test available?
Check the website and 405 297-FIRE for up dated test dates.

Are you able to apply again if you have already applied previously and did not advance past the written examination?
You will only be allowed to participate in the application process once a year. You are welcome to apply again if you are not selected you may reapply after February 1 of each year.

I was looking at your website and I saw that an EMT-B certification is required before completion of a one year probationary period. Is the EMT training part of the fire academy or are candidates required to get the training elsewhere and have it completed before graduating from the academy?
Employment will be contingent upon obtaining EMT-B certification during the one-year probationary period. Candidates who do not possess an EMT-B may have the class offered by the Oklahoma City Fire Department. Candidates possessing an EMT-B will be required to maintain their licenses.

What qualifications are required to be an “Entry-Level” firefighter?
Applicants must be between the ages of 18 to 43 years of age, must possess a valid drivers license, and must possess a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent.

Can I be hired if I have a felony conviction?
Applicants with felony convictions within the last ten years will not be considered for employment. Applicants with felony convictions older than ten years will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

What is the starting pay?
Approximate annual starting salary is $35,204 a year. Upon completion of a one-year probationary period, the approximate annual salary increases to $43,305.

How long is the Academy?
Approximately 16 weeks

How many positions are available?
The number of positions available is determined by the staffing needs of the department.

This announcement is meant only as a general descriptive guide and is subject to change without notice. The Oklahoma City Fire Department is an equal opportunity employer.