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.
- 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
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.
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.
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).
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 disqualifier. 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.