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.
Tips on Preparing for the Exam
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:
|1/25/14||Engine 39 & Ladder 18||272 D St.||South Boston|
|2/1/14||Engine 28 & Tower Ladder 10||746 Centre St||Jamicia Plain|
|2/8/14||Engine 10, Rescue 1& Tower Ladder 3||125 Purchase St.||Downtown|
|2/15/14||Engine 24 & Ladder 23||36 Washington St.||Dorchester|
|2/22/14||Engine 41 & Ladder 14||460 Cambridge St.||Allston|
|3/1/14||Engine 32 & Ladder 9||525 Main St.||Charlestown|
|3/8/14||Engine 9 & Ladder 2||239 Sumner St.||East Boston|
|3/15/14||Engine 48 & Ladder 28||60 Fairmont Ave.||Hyde Park|
|3/22/14||Engine 14 & Ladder 4||174 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.
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
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.
Human Resources Division, Room 301
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
The Boston Fire Department is a proud member of the Firefighters Diversity Recruiting Council.