Firefighter Job

The Rochester Fire Department is not accepting applications at this time.
Please visit the, "Job Opportunities" page periodically for future exam announcements.

Description of Duties

This type of work primarily consists of preventing loss of life and damage to property resulting from fires  or other life-threatening situations. It  includes the fighting and prevention of fires, rescue, emergency medical service, and inspection. Work is often physical stressful and strenuous. Firefighters receive intensive training as recruits and detailed instruction at the fire scene from supervisors. Routine inspection and maintenance work is  performed under general supervision.

Firefighter Benefits

  • Paid holidays
  • Paid vacation
  • Life insurance
  • Uniform allowance
  • Dental and medical coverage
  • Non-traditional work schedule

The Civil Service Exam

This Is the first step in becoming a Rochester Fire Fighter. The written exam 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 given at the end of the academy training class and passing it is a requirement for hire.

It is imperative that you train well for this exam in advance of the academy class, if you are selected for hire.  A good rule of thumb is to be at or above the physical agility standards 2 months before beginning of the academy class. Some applicants do not meet the standards at the physical agility test, and therefore cannot continue in the process. The Department of Human Resources does not offer "re-tests" or "do-overs".

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

The Fire Department follows guidelines set forth by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard 1582 (Required Medical Standards).

Process Tips

Preparation is key to the written exam and physical agility tests. Preparing for the exam on your own is highly recommended. A final tip is honesty in the background process. Dishonesty is any portion of the process is a disqualification. The background unit understands that "no one is perfect" but does expect a high level of integrity in the selection process. Disclosing all requested information in the process is a testament to the integrity of a candidate, which is scrutinized during the hiring process.