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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.

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Apply to Become a Firefighter

  • The written exam will be held on April 16th, 2016.

  • The application deadline is March 1, 2016.

  • There is an additional $50 late fee for applications received after March 1, 2016.

  • Applications will NOT be accepted after March 21, 2016.

Open Houses

We will be hosting a series of open houses to provide information about the upcoming firefighter's exam. Open houses will be held on Saturdays from 10 AM- 12 PM on the following dates at the listed locations:

  • January 6, E41 & L14 460, Cambridge St Brighton

  • January 20, E9 & L21 360, Saratoga St East Boston

  • February 5, E24 & L23, 36 Washington St Dorchester

  • February 12, E28 & TL10, 746 Centre St Jamaica Plain

  • February 19, E14 & L4, 174 Dudley St Roxbury

  • February 26, E48 & L28, 60 Fairmont Ave Hyde Park

  • March 2, E52 & L29, 975 Blue Hill Ave Dorchester

We will also host a test preparation session at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St, Dorchester on March 29, 2016 from 6 PM - 8 PM. All events are free and open to the public. Cancelations due to inclement weather will be posted on

How to Become a City of 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.

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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