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.
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.
What is the testing process to become a Mesa Firefighter?
The typical testing process to become a Mesa Fire and Medical Recruit is as follows:
Complete an application during an open application period.
Take a written exam and or a video based exam.
Intern Orientation participation. (if applicable)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
How do I get an application for firefighter Recruit?