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Firefighter Job

The Rochester Fire Department's next Firefighter Civil Service exam announcement is not anticipated until late 2015.  Please feel free to check back for further information.

You can download a Adobe PDF application form by clicking on this link, Civil Service Applicaton 

Firefighter Responsibilities

The Rochester Fire Department typically responds to fire alarms, rescue operations and emergency medical calls. A firefighter's responsibilities include:

  •  Locating the fire, sizing it up and relaying information to the officer-in-charge; 
  •  Making openings for ventilation, entry and search; 
  •  Evacuation and/or removing people from hazardous areas; 
  •  Raising, positioning and climbing ladders and entering burning buildings wearing heavy protective clothing with a breathing apparatus; 
  •  Laying, connecting, carrying, dragging and operating hose lines and nozzles; 
  •  Drive, ride or operate firefighting equipment, and placing various apparatus and equipment as necessary, inspect and maintain firefighting equipment; 
  •  Operate power tools, move heavy objects, dig and/or work in hazardous areas to rescue or extricate victims of various kinds of accidents; 
  •  Provide emergency medical treatment for injured and/or ill persons; 
  •  Conduct periodic inspection of buildings and private homes for fire hazards, inspect hydrants for proper operation and perform salvage operations at fire scenes such as, removing furniture, covering furniture with tarpaulins and cleaning debris.
  • Educating the general public on safety topics such as fire safety, fire codes and accident prevention.

No experience is necessary, but the job of a firefighter is physically demanding. It requires a high level of cardiopulmonary endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance. Successful candidates will be trained in all aspects of the job at the Firefighter Training Academy upon hire.


Candidates Must: 

  • Be a resident of the city of Rochester at time of application and at the beginning of each subsequent step in the selection process up to and including the date of appointment. Claims of city residency are subject to review and verification;
  • Have a high school diploma/GED;
  • Be 18 years of age at time of hire;
  • Possess a valid New York State Class B or D Driver's license at time of appointment and throughout employment in the title;
  • Pass a general medical examination, vision and hearing examination, and drug test;
  • Be in good physical and psychological condition;
  • Possession of an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT- BASIC) certificate issued by New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services within twelve (12) months of appointment.  This certificate must be maintained throughout employment in this title. 

Firefighter Benefits:

  • Starting Salary: $38,190; increases to $66,691 in five years;
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Paid vacation
  • Life insurance
  • Uniform allowance
  • Dental and medical coverage
  • Pension
  • Non-traditional work schedule

Prospective Member Survey

Please complete this short eligibility survey Prospective Member Survey

 Visit our Recruitment Frequently Asked Questions section to view answers to commonly asked questions.


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