Best in State

Salt Lake City Fire was the first department in the State of Utah, and the first to achieve an ISO 1 rating

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Career Paths

Salt Lake City Fire offers multiple career paths, including Paramedic, Heavy Rescue, Aviation firefighting, and HazMat

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Excellent Pay and Benefits

We offer competitive pay, and great benefits including a pension program, paid holidays, and excellent insurance


Application window closes July 31st, 2024

All firefighter candidates must review the information below that include the instructions, details, and timeline for the current testing & hiring application period.

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We administer an entry-level testing process every six (6) months to establish a list of qualified candidates for our bi-annual recruit schools.

The process begins with a completed job application, the National Testing Network (NTN) written exam, AND online pre-recorded video interview. Top-scoring candidates will be invited to an oral board assessment. The written exam (20%), online pre-recorded video interview (30%), and oral board assessment (50%) scores are weighed and combined to create a ranked hiring list. Ranked candidates will be invited to the Task Performance Assessment for Candidates (TPAC), our pass/fail physical agility exam. Candidates may submit a current Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) certification in place of performing the TPAC. After passing the TPAC/CPAT and background investigation, candidates will be invited to a final interview with Salt Lake City’s Fire Chief.

Individuals who are offered employment will be required to successfully complete our 15-week recruit school. Pay & benefits for the employee starts on day 1 of recruit school. The composition of the class will depend upon the needs of the department.

If you have a concern with the written exam, online video recorded interview, oral board assessment, or TPAC, you may contact the SLCFD HR Consultant at (801) 799‐4109.


The 3 required items to be considered for employment with SLCFD

      1. Complete an application for SLCFD through Workday
      2. Complete the National Testing Network FireTEAM written exam (score must be valid on August 1, 2024)
      3. Complete the National Testing Network online interview


Schedule of Events


February 1, 2024 – July 31, 2024: Application period for Recruit School #55 (February 2025)


  • Candidates must have a valid score of 85% and above on the FireTEAM written exam by August 1, 2024 to be considered.


August 2024

  • Week 1 & 2: SLCFD scores NTN online pre-recorded video interviews.
  • Week 3: SLCFD schedules oral board interviews for the top 30 candidates. (combination of NTN written exam and NTN online video interview). Candidates will be asked to choose their preferred day and time for the interview.
  • Week 4: SLCFD oral board panel interviews. Interviews are preferred to be held in-person but can be online at the request of the candidate.
  • TPAC (Task Performance Assessment for Candidates) to be held on August 24th and August 31st of 2024. Candidates will be given some preference to choose their preferred day and time for the physical exam.
  • A final ranked list is created based on all testing components.


September – November 2024

  • Background check and investigation process.


November 2024

  • Final interview with Salt Lake City Fire Chief.


December 2024 & January 2025

  • Medical exams, conditional offers of employment, and recruit orientation.


February 2025

  • Candidates offered employment begin recruit school #55.

Hiring Preparation



We administer the National Testing Network-Ergometrics (test-provider) FireTEAM written exam. There is no study guide for the FireTEAM test, however there are two sets of practice tests (basic & extended) available for purchase on www.fireteamtest.com.

For remote testing, click here. For a free downloadable resume template, click here.

Reasonable accommodations are available for disabilities or financial hardship including in-person testing. For free computer access, please locate your nearest county library here.


We administer the National Testing Network-Ergometrics (test-provider) online pre-recorded video interview. At their convenience, candidates will log in to their NTN account where they will respond to pre-selected interview questions. Candidate responses are video recorded and saved on NTN’s testing platform. SLCFD reviewers will watch and evaluate the candidate’s interview.

Dimensional areas covered by the online pre-recorded video interview:

  • Professional/personal history
  • Customer/community relations
  • Working with coworkers
  • Integrity/ethics


The oral board assessment will consist of structured interview questions. Download the SLC Fire Practice Oral Board Sample Interview Questions, Tips, & Behavioral Interview Overview here to gain a better understanding of the types of questions asked during the assessment and our recommended tips for success.

Task Performance Assessment for Candidates (TPAC)

The TPAC consists of seven (7) separate events, including: a stair climb, hose carry up three flights of stairs, ladder raise and extension, firefighter crawl, rescue dummy drag, ceiling breach and pull, and tire drag (hose drag simulation). This is a pass/fail physical agility test based on a validated maximum total time of 10 minutes.

A valid CPAT (Candidate Physical Agility Test) certificate will be accepted in place of performing the TPAC.

Click here to view a video walkthrough of the TPAC

Click here for full details and instructions of the TPAC

Click here to view an exercise program to prepare for the TPAC



SLC Fire has over 350 members serving 200,00 residents, with a business and tourism population that nearly doubles this number, within the city’s 110 square miles.

  • We are an all-hazards response department with over 80% of our annual 31,000 (2022) calls involving a medical situation.
  • We operate 14 fire stations which include: 12 engines, 3 trucks, 2 quints, and 5 aircraft rescue vehicles, 3 light response vehicles, 6 Type VI, and 1 Type III wildland apparatus.
  • We operate on a three-platoon system with crews rotating every 48 hours at the fire stations.
  • Our crews provide structural protection to high-rise, industrial, commercial, and residential areas. Additionally, we service two major freeway intersections and wildland urban-interface.
  • Our specialty certifications include Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF), Engineer, Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Technician, Heavy Rescue Technician (HRT), Fire Investigation, Paramedic, and Swift Water Rescue.
  • In addition to emergency response, our firefighters’ daily routine involves vehicle maintenance, equipment checks, job-related training, physical fitness, community outreach, and public education.

Hiring Eligibility & FAQs

In order to be considered for employment, a candidate must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  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 written exam
  4. Possess a valid driver license by the time of employment

Q: Do you need previous firefighting, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), or Paramedic certification to be considered for employment? A: We do not require previous firefighting, EMT, or Paramedic certification prior to entry-level employment. Preference points may be awarded each hiring process (see Preference Points below). Additionally, our department will cover the cost of basic EMT certification for Entry-Level Firefighters who do not possess a certificate at the time of hire.

Q: Does SLC Fire require a college degree to become a firefighter? A: No, however a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent is required by the date of the written exam.

Q: Are there age, height, and weight requirements to be an SLC firefighter? A: Interested candidates must be 18 years old by the date of the written examThere are no height or weight requirements.

Q: Does SLC Fire allow tattoos? A: Yes.  Members may have visible tattoos or body art with the following conditions:

  • Tattoos and body art cannot be obscene, offensive, distract from a professional appearance, or interfere with on-duty actions and responsibilities.
  • Unauthorized areas: Head, face, ears, scalp.
  • Restricted areas: Members are allowed to display one neck tattoo that does not extend one more than one inch in any direction, and members are allowed to have a single finger or hand tattoo or body art that extends from the arm to the hand.

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Perks & Benefits


  • PTO (including sick and vacation)
  • Health insurance (includes medical, dental, and vision)
  • Retirement plan (through Utah Retirement Systems)
  • Tuition reimbursement (up to $4,000 per year)
  • Incentive pay for specialty certifications
  • Uniform allowance
  • Regular wage increases
  • Starting pay around $45,000 annually


Before we are firefighters we are people. One of the greatest draws to this profession is the ability to connect on a human level, and make a meaningful difference in potentially the worst moment of a person’ s life. When 911 is activated, it is normally due to circumstances that are beyond the normal scope of control. It is profoundly rewarding to have the opportunity to positively impact a frightening situation and help return a chaotic event to some level of normalcy.


In addition to emergency response, we believe in strengthening the fabric of our community through providing fire safety education and demonstrations, participating in local events, creating platforms to interact with and develop the youth in our neighborhoods, and fostering relationships with key community advocates.


We believe that quality time spent off-duty is essential to the happiness and wellbeing of our employees. That’s why our full‐time firefighters are scheduled to work one 48-hour consecutive shift and then are scheduled off for 96 hours. We believe adequate time off encourages our firefighters to relax and recharge so they are ready to serve the residents of Salt Lake City upon their return.


Given the nature of this career, our firefighters are often exposed to traumatic experiences which can have a detrimental impact on their mental health. We have made it a priority to take care of our own, so we offer internal health and wellness programs addressing physical, emotional, and mental relief. The department also has a chaplain who serves to provide the spiritual needs of all department members, regardless of religious affiliation or background.

To learn more about firefighting jobs, click here.

Salt Lake City Fire employees at Station 14


Primary contact for questions related to general recruitment, the SLC Fire interest list, and test-preparation events:

Fire Community Relations Division |P: 801-799-4688 E: [email protected]

Primary contact for questions related to the testing process and employment:

Austin Clark | SLC Fire Recruitment & Outreach Coordinator | P: 801-231-0160 | E: [email protected]

Jennifer Sykes | SLC Corporation HR Business Partner | P: 801-799-4109 | E: [email protected]

Candace Roberts | SLC Corporation Senior HR Recruiter | P: 801-535-6623 | E: [email protected]

DISCLAIMER: The preceding information is intended to be a guide for prospective firefighter candidates. The testing procedures and hiring requirements are subject to change at any time without prior notice. (Last update: May 1, 2023)

Contact Information

For any emergency situation, including reports of carbon monoxide alarm activations, please call 911.  To reach our after hours non-emergency dispatch office, please dial 801.799.4231.

Headquarters / Fire Museum

475 S 300 E
Salt Lake City UT, 84111

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