Minimum Qualifications for Testing
If you are certified nationally or through a state other than Florida, your certification may be transferable to Florida. To find out contact:
- High School Diploma or G.E.D.
- 18 years of age or older.
- Current Firefighter, EMT, or Paramedic Certification
Submitting an Application
- For fire certification:
Florida State Fire College
11655 North West Gainesville Road
Ocala, Florida 34482-1486
- For Emergency Medical/Paramedic certification:
Bureau of Emergency Medical Services
4052 Bald Cypress Way Mail bin C-18
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1738
The first step in the process is to complete the application for testing and submit it to the Employment Testing Cooperative. You will receive e-mail confirmation that your application has been received within 24 hours of submitting the online application.
E-Mail and the World Wide Web
Applications for Firefighter testing can only be made online through this website. We do not use paper applications. You must have a valid e-mail address in order to receive the detailed test information that will be sent via e-mail following submittal of your online application. Take special care to insure that your e-mail address is entered correctly on the application. E-mail is our primary means of providing you with important test information, so be sure to inform us if your address changes.
Application Processing Fee
You must submit a #AppFee# non-refundable processing fee in order to be scheduled for testing. If the fee is not recieved by the application deadline, then you will not be permitted to test.
Make payment by check or money order payable to the "Lee County Fire Chief's Association" and mail to:
The Written Examination
Iona-McGregor Fire District
6061 South Pointe Blvd
Fort Myers, Florida 33919
The written test must be completed before taking the Physical Ability Test. The written test is produced by a reputable testing service and is designed to measure a variety of general abilities that are relevant to the job of entry level firefighter, but require no fire service knowledge. There is no pass/fail point for the written test.
The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
The CPAT was developed through a cooperative effort by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the International Association of Firefighters. The test is designed to determine whether a candidate is able to perform the job of a firefighter by duplicating various physical tasks that are common to the job. You must pass the CPAT in order to be included in the candidate pool from which participating agencies select the candidates for interview. The following is a list of the events in the test:
The Hiring Pool
- Stair Climb: The candidate uses a StepMill stair-climbing machine while wearing weights comparable to the equipment a Firefighter carries. The candidate walks up the stairs at a specified rate and for a specified time without loosing his/her balance.
- Hose Drag: The candidate must drag an uncharged hose line around an obstacle for a specified distance to simulate advancing a hose from a fire truck into a building.
- Equipment Carry: The candidate removes two power tools from a cabinet and carries them a specified distance to simulate carrying them from a fire truck to a fire scene and back again.
- Ladder Raise and Extension: This event uses a 24-foot extension ladder to test the candidate's ability to raise the ladder into position, and then extend and retract it.
- Forcible Entry: The candidate uses a 10-pound sledgehammer to strike a mechanized device stimulating the task of forcing open a door, or breaking a wall.
- Search: The candidate crawls through an enclosed maze that is 64 feet long and contains several turns and obstacles. The event simulates the task of searching for a fire victim with limited visibility and an unpredictable area.
- Rescue: The candidate drags a 165-pound mannequin 70-feet to simulate the task of removing a victim or injured partner from a fire.
- Ceiling Breach and Pull: This event uses a commonly used piece of firefighting equipment called a pike pole, along with a mechanized device, to simulate the overhead push and pull forces associated with the task of breaching a ceiling to check for fire extension.
Candidates who successfully complete the testing process are placed in an electronic database that is accessible to all participating agencies. The qualification requirements of each agency may change from time to time as their particular needs change.
Typically, an agency will invite a qualified candidate for an interview to determine who will be offered a job. Job offers may be conditioned on meeting some additional requirements such as a drug test, and medical examination. The specific post job-offer conditions of each agency may vary. All participating agencies are equal opportunity employers. Candidates who qualify will remain in the hiring pool for two years, or until hired.
State Requirements to be a Firefighter:
Florida law requires the following to be employed as a firefighter:
- You must have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- You must not have been convicted of any felony crime or any misdemeanor crime involving your employment, nor have pled no contest to any felony charge.
- You must be a certified professional firefighter in the state of Florida within one year of your employment.
- Your fingerprints will be taken and filed with the state and F.B.I.
I understand that neither the Employment Testing Cooperative or the Lee County Fire Chiefs Association are employers, and that the completion of this testing process does not constitute a guarantee of employment with a participating agency.
Yes, I have read and understand.
The application contained on the web site CANNOT be printed for submittal...application will be rejected if it is printed and submitted... applications MUST be subitted online!