Apply for a Fire Rescue Job
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue will be accepting applications for the firefighter position from June 4, 2018 - June 24, 2018.
There will be no paper applications for the hiring process. All applications must be submitted online. All previous applicants must re-apply.
All submitted applications will be considered. The application process is not first come, first served.
After you apply for an advertised job opening, we are not able to provide individual status updates.
Personnel History Questionnaire
All applicants are required to fill out the forms below as part of pre-employment.
- Neighborhood Reference
- Personal History Questionnaire (non-sworn)
- Personal History Questionnaire (firefighter)
Annual Salary Range
Approximately $41,013 - $71,637 (subject to period change)
Being a Firefighter
Firefighting involves extremely hard, skilled physical work, and firefighters must be able to think quickly and operate effectively in high-pressure emergency situations. Continuous training and education is required throughout their careers to keep them up-to-date on the newest technologies and latest fire suppression and rescue methods.
Training encompasses many subjects, such as building construction, emergency medical procedures, hazardous materials, technical rescue, fire prevention, public education, and community relations.
Firefighters must have strong social skills, and the ability to think and communicate clearly in very stressful situations. They must also be able to carry an array of specialized tools and equipment that can weigh over 70 lbs., plus the breathing apparatus that weighs 40 lbs.
Eligibility & Requirements
- 18 years of age
- Eligible to work in the United States
- Meet all qualifications in the Florida State Statute Number 633.34, "Firefighters; qualifications for employment"
- High school diploma or acceptable GED
- Valid driver's license from any state (equivalent to a State of Florida Class E) may be utilized upon application; with the ability to obtain the State of Florida driver's license by hire date.
- Possess and maintain State of Florida Certification for firefighter and emergency medical technician or paramedic.
- Successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test
- Possess and maintain a valid Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation card from the American Red Cross or the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and certified by the American Heart Association.
- Successful completion of an Emergency Vehicle Operator Course, or reasonable equivalent as approved by the Florida Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services
- Meet departmental physical standards.
- Successful completion of all swimming requirements and pass the swim evaluation within six months of obtaining probationary status.
- Have not been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, nor had a driver license suspended under the point system provided for in Florida Statute, Chapter 322, within the past three years [F.S. 401.281(d)]
- Have not been convicted of four traffic violations in the preceding thirty-six months from the date of application in Florida or any other state
- No pending felony charges or pending misdemeanor charges that are directly related to the position sought
- All required certifications listed above and any other certifications, which may be required by the State of Florida or MDFR, must be maintained throughout the term of employment to retain this classification.
- Non-user of tobacco or tobacco products for at least one year immediately preceding application, as evidenced by the sworn affidavit of the applicant [F.S. 633.34(6)]
- Submit fingerprints to be processed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- Able to work variable shifts, including shifts that require 24 hours of consecutive duty.
Preference will be given to:
- U.S. veterans
- Graduates of the Miami-Dade County Academy of Fire Rescue with emergency medical technician and State of Florida firefighter II certifications, in accordance with Resolution R-480-07
Preference may also be given to:
- Certified State of Florida firefighter I
- Emergency medical technicians
- State of Florida paramedic (Emergency medical technician-paramedic)
- State of Florida firefighter, paramedic, and emergency medical technician-paramedic
Certification numbers should be entered in the online application under Licenses and Certification Sections.
Once you have been considered as a candidate you must pass the following exams before a job can be offered.
- Audio/Written Screening Test (AWST)
- Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
- Medical examination & stress test
- Background check
- Psychological evaluation
About the CPAT
The job of a firefighter is one of the most physically demanding jobs in North America. It requires high levels of cardiopulmonary endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance. The Candidate Physical Ability Test consists of eight critical physical tasks that simulate actual job duties on the fireground. This test is physically demanding and requires that you be physically fit to be successful.
- Learn more about the CPAT
- CPAT Medical Release Form
- CPAT - Release from Liability Form
- Helpful Videos
About the written exam
All applicants must take the exam on the date they are scheduled. Bring the following with you for the written exam:
- Picture ID
- Proof of age
- High school diploma
- Two #2 pencils
- Your written exam notice
Do not bring:
- Study guides
- Food or drinks
- Family or friends
- Cell phones or any other electronic devices
Test results can be viewed online or by phone.
MDFR Recruitment Informational Sessions
For those interested in becoming a firefighter, the Department offers recruitment orientation sessions.
Due to the high number of interested applicants, we continue to add or change the recruitment dates in order to accommodate as many people as possible. Please visit this page the day before your chosen date to ensure that neither the location or time has changed.
It's not necessary to R.S.V.P. to attend a session, but it's highly recommended.
What to bring to the informational session:
- Casual professional attire is recommended but not mandatory,
- You many bring a notepad, pen, laptop/electronic device to take notes.
- It is recommended that you pre-download a QR code reader app prior to your chosen date. The QR code reader will help you access information quickly during our informational session.
Other orientation dates may become available throughout the month.
Friday, June 1
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex
3000 NW 199 Street
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Saturday, June 2
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Miami Beach Regional Library
227 22nd Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
MDFR Training Headquarters
9300 NW 41 Street
Doral, FL 33178
Saturday, June 9
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
North Dade Regional Library
2455 N.W. 183rd Street
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
R.S.V.P. if you plan to attend any of the above scheduled orientation sessions.