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?

All current postings for the City of Mesa are located on the City’s website at www.mesaaz.gov/jobs.   

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.  It is therefore 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 expected to open applications for Firefighter Recruit in May 2015.  Please be aware that recruitments typically close after a certain number of applications (not yet known) are received.  Past recruitments have reached maximum numbers very quickly, please pan accordingly.    

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
  • Current EMT or Paramedic certification at the time of application OR enrolled in an EMT certification program (or have completed and EMT program and pending certification).  EMT certification must be obtained and current before the selection process begins and kept current thereafter.   

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.  For State of Arizona EMT or Paramedic certification information, see the Arizona Department of Health Services website at http://www.azdhs.gov/bems/certification/index.htm 

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. Second interview.
  5. Intern Orientation participation.
  6. Conditional offer.

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

Yes.  Successful completion of the CPAT with a licensed CPAT agency current within one year of the beginning of the selection process is required.  For a list of CPAT licensees by state, go to http://www.iaff.org/HS/Well/statelist.htm.   

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