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How to become a firefighter

Want to join the Boston Fire Department? You need to take the state's civil service exam to become a firefighter. Here's how:

. When you apply for the firefighter exam, you will be given options for what cities and towns you want to work in. Remember to pick Boston.

Xổ số may mắn hàng tuầnThe fee for the exam is $200. You can pay on the state’s website with a credit or debit card.

Xổ số may mắn hàng tuầnThe written part of the exam usually takes place in April. The state will mail you a written notice and send you an email with the date of the test. After you apply for the exam, the state will also send you a date, time, and location for your physical abilities test.

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Prepare for written exam and physical abilities test

Xổ số may mắn hàng tuầnThe written exam is made up of:

  • 48 multiple-choice questions that test your problem-solving skills and comprehension
  • a Work Styles Questionnaire that tests your motivations and other parts of your personality, and
  • a Life Experience survey that asks about your history.

This will help prepare you for the written part of the civil service exam.

The physical abilities part of the exam tests your ability to perform the tasks you'll be doing as a firefighter. You'll go through a series of events that test your strength, endurance, and flexibility. The state created a page with to help get you prepared, along with a .

As the civil service exam year approaches, we’ll offer preparation sessions. We’ll update our website the next time we hold these events.

Step
2

Take the physical abilities test

Xổ số may mắn hàng tuầnThe state will also send you a date, time, and location for your physical abilities test. It’s a good idea to show up early and dress for a workout.

Xổ số may mắn hàng tuầnIf you fail the physical abilities test, you can’t become a firefighter. If you take the physical abilities test and you fail it before the written exam takes place, you may qualify to get a $100 refund for the written test. The state’s website has .

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Take the written exam

Xổ số may mắn hàng tuầnThe written part of the exam usually takes place in April. The state will mail you a written notice and send you an email with the date of the test.

It’s a good idea to show up early. You can also bring your own number 2 pencils for the exam.

Step
1

Wait to hear from the City

Xổ số may mắn hàng tuầnYou will get a notice about your test score — and your place on our list of potential firefighter candidates — from the state sometime in the fall or winter.

Xổ số may mắn hàng tuầnWhen we put on the City’s next firefighter class, the state will contact you in the order in which you’re placed on the eligibility list.

Step
2

Screening process and probation period

The next step is the screening process. Our screening of potential candidates includes:

  • a character background check
  • a medical fitness screening
  • a drug test, and
  • a psychological exam.

Based on the results, we add you to a class at the Boston Fire Academy.

If you join the Boston Fire Department, you'll have to go through a probation period of one year. During this time, you will:

  • finish your work at the Firefighter Academy
  • get your Firefighter 1 and 2 certifications, and
  • get certified as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Xổ số may mắn hàng tuầnOnce you get through your probation period, you become a member of the department as a Boston firefighter.

Need to Know:

We also have civilian jobs at the Fire Department. You can find more information on the City’s career center site. Sometimes, we also post job openings on the .

Contact:
Fire Operations
115 Southampton Street
Boston, MA 02118

More Fire information

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Firefighter pay and benefits

The salary for a Boston firefighter starts at $65,000 per year. The City also offer many benefits, including:

  • several health insurance options
  • 13 paid holidays per year
  • 15 sick days with buyback at retirement
  • paid vacation
  • participation in the Boston Retirement System, with the chance to retire as early as 55, and
  • an option to join the Boston Firefighter Credit Union.

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