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Employment as a Firefighter

The objective of the Boston Fire Department Recruit team is to execute an innovative recruitment strategy that increases the candidate pool to ensure the highest quality candidates and prospective applicants that reflect the diverse population of the city that we serve.

Application Process to Become a Boston Firefighter

People are hired to become Boston firefighters from a list provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Every two years Massachusetts administers a statewide general aptitude entrance test for firefighters at various locations throughout the state. This test establishes a hiring list for cities and towns including the City of Boston.

The last written exam was administered in April of 2012. The results of this exam will beome active on December 1, 2012 and will remain in effect until December 2014.

Next Firefighter Exam: April 26th, 2014

Note: There is be an additional $50.00 fee for applications received after March 17, 2014 and no applications will be accepted after March 31, 2014.

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Tips on Preparing for the Exam

Open Houses:

Attention: The Information Session scheduled for March 27th at Florian Hall at 6:00 PM and the open house scheduled for Saturday, March 29th have been CANCELED. We will reschedule at a later date.

We will be hosting open houses on Saturdays from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM at the following locations:

1/25/14Engine 39 & Ladder 18272 D St.South Boston
2/1/14Engine 28 & Tower Ladder 10746 Centre StJamicia Plain
2/8/14Engine 10, Rescue 1& Tower Ladder 3125 Purchase St.Downtown
2/15/14Engine 24 & Ladder 2336 Washington St.Dorchester
2/22/14Engine 41 & Ladder 14460 Cambridge St.Allston
3/1/14Engine 32 & Ladder 9525 Main St.Charlestown
3/8/14Engine 9 & Ladder 2239 Sumner St.East Boston
3/15/14Engine 48 & Ladder 2860 Fairmont Ave.Hyde Park
3/22/14Engine 14 & Ladder 4174 Dudley St.Roxbury

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City of Boston Qualifications

At The Time of The Test
  • You must be at least nineteen (19) years of age at the time of the application deadline and be younger than thirty-two (32) at date of the exam.

  • You must be a resident of the City of Boston at least one (1) year prior to the examination date to qualify for residency preference. Applicants who have resided in the City of Boston for an entire twelve month period immediately preceding the date of examination are entitled to be placed on the eligible list for Boston ahead of any non-residents.

For Appointment
  • Pass a written test for Fire Fighter administrated by the State.

  • Pass a Physical Abilities test administrated by the State.Pass a character background investigation.

  • Meet medical fitness requirements.

  • Have a valid Massachusetts driver's license.

  • Pass a drug test.

  • Pass a psychological exam.

  • Be a non-smoker.

For Completion of Probation
  • Complete all assignments of the academy.

  • Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 certification.

  • EMT certification.

Salary and Benefits

Boston firefighters begin with an annual salary of approximately $60,000. Other benefits include options for health insurance offered by BC/BS, Harvard Pilgrim and Tufts; 13 paid holidays, 15 sick days per year with sick leave buyback at retirement; Boston retirement System with the ability to retire as early as 55, paid vacation and opportunity to join the Boston Firefighter Credit Union.

More Information

Human Resources Division, Room 301
Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 878-9895

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