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Annual Salary Range
Approximately $43,092.92 - $78,786.50 (subject to period change)
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.
18 years of age
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
Successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test
Possess and maintain State of Florida Certification for firefighter and emergency medical technician or paramedic
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
Submit the Personal History Questionnaire with proof of citizenship, valid resident card or valid work permit and photo identification. If you have been discharged from the military submit Form DD214
Able to work variable shifts, including shifts that require 24 hours of consecutive duty
Preference will be given to:
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 II
Emergency medical technicians
State of Florida paramedic (Emergency medical technician-paramedic)
State of Florida firefighter, paramedic, and emergency medical technician-paramedic
Graduate of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Cadet Program
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
About the Candidate Physical Ability Test (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.
Orientation classes are offered to all applicants where they can practice and identify any potential areas that might require improvement before taking the CPAT test. The physical performance standards are the same for all firefighters and recruits.
Once you have passed the written exam you will receive a notice with the date and time that you are scheduled to take the CPAT Test.
About the written exam
All applicants must take the exam on the date they are scheduled. Applicants must demonstrate basic skills such as verbal listening, following written instructions, basic mathematics and map reading. Bring the following with you for the written exam:
Valid government issued photo ID
Proof of age
High school diploma
Two #2 pencils
Your written exam notice
Do not bring:
Food or drinks
Family or friends
Cell phones or any other electronic devices
Test results can be viewed online or by calling 305-375-0297 (option 2) the first week of December 2022.
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