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     In order to apply for a firefighter position with the Indianapolis Fire Department, applicants must meet certain basic requirements.   Once those basic requirements are met, applicants must be able to fulfill all conditions of the hiring process. Failure to comply with any portion of the hiring process or misrepresentation, will disqualify  the applicant from further consideration during the application process.

Requirements: 

Age:  Must be at least 21 years old to apply and not reach age 36 by date of appointment.

Education:  High School diploma or GED.

Possess:  A valid drivers license.

Background:  Must not have been convicted of a felony.

Residence:  Must reside in Marion County or adjacent county within 6 months of appointment.

Written Test:  The written test is typically given on a weekend.  Applicants should plan to arrive no later than 1/2 hour before the scheduled start of the test.  Plan on being at the test site for 4-5 hours.  Each applicant must present a valid drivers license.  If you arrive late, for any reason, you will not be admitted and you will  not be able to continue on with the hiring process.  No exceptions.   You will not be allowed to use your notes during the test and no cell phones are allowed in the testing site.   The test takes approximately 3 1/2 hours to complete.  The written exam covers areas such basic math, reading comprehension, memorization, problem solving as well as other areas.  If you are caught cheating you will be effectively removed from the process.

Oral Interview:  Notification will be made to those applicants selected to move on to the next phase of the process.  The notification will inform them of their oral interview date and time. You must present a valid drivers license.   Applicants should plan to arrive at the test site no later than 1/2 hour before their scheduled interview time.   If you show up late for any reason to the oral interview, you will not be admitted and will not be able to  continue in the hiring process.  No excuses.  The oral interview itself lasts about 20 minutes.  You will sit before a board of 3 people, who will ask you questions and grade your response.  Please dress as if you were going to a job interview for a corporation.  It is helpful to give complete answers and use all of the allotted time for each question.  More information on oral interviews can be found at http://www.eatstress.com/ and other websites such as this.

(CPAT)Candidates Physical Ability Test:  Applicants that are selected to move on to the next phase of the hiring process will be notified. Candidates will be informed of the CPAT dates and time schedule.  The CPAT test is a strenuous, timed physical test that is pass/fail. It is not a competition.  Applicants should plan to arrive at the test site no later than 1/2 hour before their scheduled time.  You will need to present a valid drivers license.   If you are late for any reason, you will not be admitted and you will not be able to continue on with the process. No excuses.  You should wear comfortable workout clothes (no shorts) and tennis shoes.  The Indianapolis Fire Department offers each applicant two open practice sessions, two one-one-one sessions and the actual CPAT test.  While the open and one-on-one sessions are not mandatory, they are very helpful and highly recommended. There may also be an opportunity offered to candidates to attend a conditioning program that deals with specific exercises geared to help you succeed on the CPAT test.  It has been proven that candidates who take advantage of the conditioning program, do better than those who don't.   The CPAT testing involves job related skills that will measure an applicants ability to perform the job.  It is important that you are in shape both  in strength and cardiovascular.  If you are unable to meet the time standards of the test you will not pass.  More information about the CPAT can be found on http://www.cffjac.org/jac/cpat/for_candidates/index.cfm and other websites such as this.  Also check the Download and Print section of this website.

Important Information Please Read:  The firefighter CPAT is very strenuous.  If you have had a recent illness, are pregnant, had surgery or are taking medication, verify in writing with your healthcare provider whether or not it is safe for you to take the test.

Background Investigations:  Candidates who have reached this phase of the hiring process may be required to get fingerprinted and go through a thorough background investigation.  This investigation will cover your criminal and driving history.  The Indianapolis Fire Department does not do credit history checks.  If you have been convicted of a felony you will be removed from the process.  It is important that you have all pertinent information relating to your employment history and references.  Background Investigations can take weeks to perform. It not necessary to call for updates.  If your background check and fingerprints turn up clean you will be notified by mail if you have been selected to move on to the next phase of the process.

Aerial Climb:  Applicants selected to move on to the next phase of the hiring process will be notified.  Candidates will be informed of the next phase and time schedule. The aerial climb is one such phase.  Each applicant should plan to arrive at the testing site no later than 1/2 hour before their scheduled time.  You will need to present a valid drivers license.  Please wear workout clothes (no shorts)  and tennis shoes.  A pair of leather gloves may be helpful.  If you arrive late for any reason you will not be admitted and you will not be able to continue on with the process.  No excuses.  The aerial climb is a timed event that is pass/fail.  If you do not make the climb up and down in the allotted time, you will fail.

Conditional Offer of Employment: 
Once a candidate has successfully completed all phases of the hiring process, they may be given a conditional offer of employment.    This offer does not commit to any schedule or time frame.  Please be patient.  You will be notified by mail of the dates for the next recruit class.

 

Medical and Psychological Exam:  Those applicants selected to move on to the next phase of the hiring process will be notified by mail and informed of their scheduled time for these exams.  The Psychological Exam is the MMPI and takes about 2 hours to complete.  Once the MMPI results are tabulated, the applicant will sit with the psychologist for an interview.  The psychologist will then make his recommendation on whether or not the applicant should continue based on the information given.  More information on the MMPI can be found  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MMPI and other websites such as this.  The Medical Exam is comprehensive physical given by the physicians group that works with the City of Indianapolis.  This exam allows the medical history and current health of each applicant to be reviewed by a physician who will then recommend whether or not the applicant should continue.   Tests included, but not limited to are Body Fat, Hearing/Vision, Treadmill, Blood and Urine samples.