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How to Become a Dallas Firefighter

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Starting a career as a firefighter for the city of Dallas is not an easy task. Dallas Fire-Rescue only accepts applications for firefighters during an open application period. Firefighters for the Dallas Fire Department work 24-hour shifts with 48 hours off. This equals out to around 10 shifts a month. The department offers great benefits and pay. There are a number of requirements you'll need to meet to be considered for employment as a Dallas firefighter.

Complete and submit an application online only during an open application period. Dallas Fire-Rescue posts the application periods in the Dallas Morning News as well as on the Internet. Applications are filled out on the NEOGOV website. See link in the References section.

Submit official transcripts for all colleges and universities you have attended. Make sure you submit the transcripts when you submit your application. If you do not submit the transcripts in a timely manner, your application could be disqualified.

Study for and take the Civil Service Exam. This is required as part of the hiring process.

Successfully complete the Candidate Physical Ability Test (C-PAT). This test will be put on by the department. Prepare yourself by training and staying in shape.

Once you are hired, the Texas Commission on Fire Protection requires 468 hours of training to function as firefighter. Dallas Fire-Rescue also trains firefighters as EMTs and paramedics.


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