Firefighter Job

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The Rochester Fire Department is now hiring!  Please visit the "Job Opportunities" page to learn more.      





Description of Duties


Firefighters perform extremely technical work in emergency, life-or-death situations. A variety of tasks may be performed under hazardous conditions including the delivery of emergency medical services, rescues, extractions and the prevention of loss of life and/or property due to a fire.  Firefighters also have the opportunity to work in other areas such as fire prevention, public education, training, special operations, administration, fire investigations, community outreach and information technology.

Firefighter Benefits

  • 13 Paid holidays.
  • Paid vacation
  • Life insurance
  • NYS Pension
  • Uniforms provided
  • Dental and medical coverage
  • Non-traditional work schedule
  • Education Incentive


  • City residency is required by the application deadline (See FAQs)
    • Refer to "Requirements" section        
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Good physical and mental health
  • Drug Free
  • 18 years of age at time of appointment
  • Valid NYS driver's license

Civil Service Examination

The written civil service examination is the first step in becoming a Rochester Fire Fighter. This examination typically encompasses applying written information and rules; memory and information; reading, understanding and interpreting written information; and preparing written material in a firefighter setting. Pay particular attention to what is listed on the exam announcement under 'Scope of the Examination'.

Preparation for the written exam is important to your success in the selection process. For a general guide to written tests click here.

Additionally, there are exam preparation books available at book stores and local libraries that may be beneficial to review.

The Physical Agility Test

The Physical Agility Test is conducted after applicants have completed and successfully passed the written civil service exam. Passing the physical agility test is a requirement for hire; therefore, it is imperative that you train well for this test in advance.  Applicants who do not meet the standards for the physical agility test cannot continue in the hiring process. The Department of Human Resources does not offer "re-tests" or "do-overs".

The Rochester Fire Department uses the Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER test) as an entry level physical agility exam. This test ensures that all candidates possess the base level of physical fitness needed for entry-level firefighting training. Please click the following link to learn more about the physical agility requirements.  

If you need any additional information or help contact the recruitment line, (585) 428-3690.

Background Investigation

As part of the application process you will be required to submit to a full background investigation to determine your suitability. The background investigation consists of variety of different checks including, but not limited to; criminal history, criminal involvement, driving history, illegal drug involvement, employment history, educational history, residence history, and military experience.

 Medical Examination

Candidates must pass a medical examination in accordance with the standards set forth in the most recent edition of the NFPA 1582: Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments. Adherence to the standards set forth in the most recent edition of the above will be required throughout employment as a uniformed member of the Rochester Fire Department.

 Hiring Process

The duration of the hiring process in its entirety varies. On average it may take six (6) to eight (8) weeks to receive written civil service examination results. For further details regarding the hiring process refer to the following link.

ROC with RFD

The ROC with RFD Boot Camp offered firefighter candidates the opportunity to participate in a fitness session and job orientated stations designed for firefighter recruits. Click here to view images and obtain more information regarding the ROC with RFD event.

Applicant Assistance Workshop

The Rochester Fire Department conducted Application Assistance Workshops(AAW) to provide candidates with an overview of the firefighter hiring process and the necessary information to accurately complete the Employment Application and the Candidate Background Investigation Questionnaire. Representatives from the Rochester Fire Department, Rochester Police Department and Human Resources were on site to answer candidate questions.   
Please Click on this link to review the helpful tips and information provided at the Applicant Assistance Workshops.