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Fire Department Employment

The Fayetteville Fire Department offers a highly rewarding community service career with a diverse array of technical and emergency response challenges. Becoming a firefighter for the City of Fayetteville requires a commitment to being an integral part of a team, accepting long working hours and potential occupational risks, and a willingness to participate in professional fire service training throughout your career.


If you are interested in becoming a City of Fayetteville firefighter, you must meet the following qualifications:

    1. Be a citizen of the United States;
    2. Provide documentary proof that applicant will be not less than 21 years of age or older than 35 years of age at test date;
    3. Have graduated from an accredited High School or passed the General Education Development Test indicating high school graduation level;
    4. Have never been convicted of a felony;
    5. Have attained one of the following:
      1. Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician through the National EMT Registry or the State of Arkansas Department of Health
      2. Medical Certification or license at a higher level (paramedic, nurse, etc.)
      3. 12 college credit hours in core curriculum courses (English, Math, Science, Communications, Speech, Journalism or Foreign Language)
      4. Firefighter I and Firefighter II certification through IFSAC
      5. Accredited Fire Academy certification (NFPA, Pro-Board, etc.)
      6. A minimum of two years honorable service in the US Armed Forces including National Guard.

If you are interested in applying for a firefighter position, please go to the City's Careers page.

  • The deadline for receiving applications is 30 days prior to the date of written examinations.
  • The initial part of the process is a written test. This is a general knowledge test and does not require technical knowledge of firefighting operations to successfully pass the test.
  • Applicants who are eligible to continue in the testing process after the written exam will be given a physical agilities test designed to assess the applicant's ability to withstand strenuous activities.
  • Applicants must pass the above listed tests in order to qualify for oral interviews by a Fire Department Board and the Civil Service Commission.
  • Applicants who achieve certification are certified in rank order of their aggregate scores to a list from which the chief will select future hires.
  • Any applicant selected for hire will receive a conditional job offer contingent upon passing a drug test, a physical examination and a background investigation consistent with Arkansas State Code Requirements.
  • Certified applicants will remain on the list for 12 months.
  •  Base Salary - $10.65 per hour including Holiday Pay- ($31,037 per year based on 2912 hours).

Required Documents

Copies of the following documents must be attached to your online job application. 

  • Birth Certificate/Proof of Citizenship
  • High School Diploma or GED Certificate + Currently valid Driver's License
  • Military Discharge or DD-214 (Active Military Service)
  • A copy of one of the following:
    • EMT Certification- through the National Registry or the Arkansas Dept of Health
    • A higher level medical license or certification (Paramedic, Nurse, etc.)
    • College transcript reflecting earning at least twelve credit hours in English, Math, Science, Communications, Speech, Journalism or Foreign Language
    • IFSAC  Firefighter I and II certificates
    • Accredited Fire Academy Certificate of completion (NFPA, Pro-Board, etc.)
    • Military discharge papers (DD-214) or if currently serving, other documentation which reflects a minimum of two years honorable service in the Armed Forces including National Guard.

Physical Agility Testing Process

The entire Physical Agilities Test is referenced on the Fire Department web page. Please be sure to review this information prior to the exam.