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For information regarding the testing process – Jennifer 801-799-4109 or [email protected]

 For information regarding preparation eventsDarby 801-799-4120 or [email protected]


Salt Lake City Fire does not require previous firefighting experience, EMT certification or any fire certifications prior to hire.


Salt Lake City Fire Department administers an entry-level testing process every two (2) years to establish a list of qualified firefighter and firefighter/paramedic candidates.

After the written exam, the top 50-100 will be invited to the Oral Board Assessment.  Successful candidates will be ranked on a hiring register approved by the Civil Service Commission. As openings occur in the Fire Department over the two-year (2) period, candidates will be chosen from the list for further testing and consideration. If the initial list becomes exhausted, more candidates will be invited to participate in the rest of the process.

Two separate Civil Service Eligibility Lists will be established from this process: Entry‐Level Firefighter and Entry‐Level Firefighter/Paramedic. Only those with current Utah Paramedic certification by the date of the Oral Board Assessment will be eligible for the Firefighter/Paramedic list. A candidate may be eligible for placement on both Eligibility Lists. A combination of candidates from both lists may be selected for future recruit classes. The composition of the class will depend upon needs of the department.


  1. Ability to legally work in the US
  2. At least 18 years of age by the date of the written exam
  3. Possess a high school diploma or GED by date of the Oral Board Assessment
  4. Possess a valid driver license by the time of employment


The primary responsibility of a firefighter is the protection of life and property efficiently and rapidly through rescue, firefighting and prevention. Those who choose it as their career will sometimes have no choice but to put their lives and personal safety on the line for the safety and well being of their community and its’ citizens. Firefighters must be willing to perform hazardous tasks under emergency conditions, which may require strenuous exertion under such adverse conditions as smoke, heat and cramped conditions. Firefighters may also face working conditions, which involve such events as chemical spills, explosions, floods, and electrical hazards.

Persons wishing to become firefighters should have the capability to work as part of a team. Teamwork is an essential part of the job because it reduces the potential for injuries and loss of life, as well as increasing the effectiveness of handling emergency situations.

Cooperation and the ability to get along with others are essential characteristics for firefighters at the fire scene and also at the fire station. Since firefighters work two 24‐hour consecutive shifts, it is important that they are able to get along with their peers.

Firefighting demands a high level of dedication. Firefighters also must study long hours and go through extensive periods of training to become effective and efficient professional firefighters. In return, they are offered a challenging and exciting job, which serves the community. They also receive competitive pay and benefits along with excellent opportunities for advancement.


Salt Lake City Fire Department has a three‐platoon system (A, B or C). Full‐time firefighters are scheduled to work two 24-hour consecutive shifts, and then are scheduled off for four 24-hour days.


Firefighters must be of sound mental and physical health. SLCFD utilizes the criteria found in NFPA 1582.  Due to the nature of this job, the examination is very thorough.

Height & Weight – There is no minimum or maximum height requirement. Weight should be proportionate to height (tested by measuring percent of body fat).

Eyesight – Visual acuity, without correction, worse than 20/40 in one eye and 20/100 in the other eye; or visual acuity, with correction, worse than 20/20 in one eye, and 20/40 in the other eye is cause for rejection.

Color Vision – Failure to identify red or green or both is cause for rejection.

Hearing – Hearing acuity loss by audiometric test of 20 decibels or more for the speech frequencies in either ear or loss of speech reception of phonetically balanced words at or below 90 percent normal reception for either ear is cause for rejection.

Blood Pressure – Hypertension evidenced by preponderant blood pressure readings of 150 mm or more systolic in an individual over 35 years of age or preponderant readings of 140 mm or more systolic in an individual 35 years of age or less is cause for rejection. Preponderant pressure over 90 mm diastolic is cause for rejection at any age.

Drug Screen – Candidates who are selected for hire must pass a physical examination, including a drug screen.


The Fire Chief will not recommend to the Civil Service Commission the hiring of you as a firefighter for SLCFD if:

‐ You have been convicted of a felony crime, or a crime for which you would be required to register per Utah Law.

‐ You have been convicted of a DUI within two (2) years of your application; or convicted of two (2) DUI’s, regardless of the time limit.

‐ You have been convicted of Domestic Violence or Domestic Assault.

‐ You have been dishonorably discharged from any Military Service.

‐ Taking or possessing without prescription or experimenting with any of the drugs in the following categories will be disqualifying within five (5) years of the date of application:

Hallucinogens (i.e., LSD, PCP, peyote, mushrooms, mescaline, etc.)

Narcotics (i.e., heroin, morphine, opium, codeine, methadone, etc.)

‐ Taking or possessing without prescription or experimenting with any of the drugs in the following categories will be disqualifying within two (2) years of the date of application:

Cannabis substances (i.e., marijuana, hashish, hash oil, etc.)

‐ Other areas of concern include, but are not limited to, the following:

Employment history; Military history; Driving history

Criminal activity or involvement; Truthfulness; Character issues


Opportunity for Employment – Your chances for becoming a Firefighter depend upon the number of openings that occur and the number of people competing for the positions. It is difficult to determine exactly how many positions will be filled during the two year register. Such factors as budget, retirements, and other unforeseen circumstances make estimates difficult.

Hiring Procedure – Once the testing is complete, candidates will receive a final score, by which they will be rank‐ordered on the hiring register. The final score is comprised of a standard score, which combines your written exam score and Oral Board Assessment score then adjusted to include preference points for which you are eligible.

The hiring register developed as a result of this testing process will be good for a maximum of two (2) years.  Once the register expires, individuals still interested in the position of firefighter will be required to retake the examinations. It is your responsibility to keep the Fire Department informed of your current email address, mailing address and phone number during the entire time the list is active.


Probationary Period

Candidates who are hired are placed on probation for twelve (12) months. New employees who voluntarily resign during their probationary period may be required to reimburse their employer for the full cost of issued uniforms and equipment.

Recruit Training

Recruit school begins the first day on the job. School is scheduled 40 hours per week and is held Monday through Thursday and lasts approximately 14 weeks. Each recruit is monitored and evaluated closely during this period. Recruits should plan to study for three hours each night and must pass required written and skills based evaluations. Recruits are required to maintain a heavy physical fitness schedule, which includes daily physical training as well as drills. You are paid your firefighter salary while attending recruit school.


After successfully completing recruit school, firefighters are required to participate in an apprenticeship program for approximately two (2) years.

Disclaimer: The information on the preceding pages is intended to be a guide for prospective firefighters. The testing procedures and hiring requirements are subject to change at any time without prior notice. (Last update: March 2017)