For Immediate Release
Eligibility Changes for Firefighter Applicants
The Springfield Fire Department has adjusted the requirements for firefighting applicants to expand the pool of candidates for the next Fire Training Academy expected to start in early summer.
Applications are being accepted through 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, 2010. Applicants can apply online at www.springfieldmo.gov/jobs (click on “firefighter”) or in person at the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville Ave., during normal business hours.
Starting immediately, applicants may be eligible if they meet at least one of the following minimum qualifications:
- EMT-B certification
- Firefighter I and II certification
- 36 accredited college hours
- Two years active-duty military service with honorable discharge
Previously, candidates would need to possess certification for both EMT-B and Firefighter I and II; now applicants would need one or the other. The minimum qualifications for college or military service have been added as options to having the EMT-B or firefighter certifications.
“The goal is to offer more flexibility in our recruitment. We believe there are many qualified applicants that were previously not eligible for the position because of the specialized entrance requirements,” Fire Chief David Hall said. “Because we teach these skills during our academy, we believe this will allow the department to get the very best employees by pulling from a larger applicant pool.”
Other requirements that remain in place: Candidates must be at least 18 years old; be high-school graduates or have completed the G.E.D.; have no felony convictions at all and no serious misdemeanor convictions for the past five years; have vision correctable to 20/30; and be in excellent physical condition.
Applicants will be scheduled for written exams on March 9-10. Those who pass the written exam will be scheduled for physical-agility exams the week of March 15. Follow-up interviews will take place in March and April.
The starting salary for a Springfield firefighter is $32,011 a year.
The Fire Department expects to hire about 17 new firefighters to fill positions that have been frozen since January 2009. The training academy is re-opening because voters approved the Nov. 3 referendum for the Police-Fire Pension Fund. Because of that approval, the City’s contribution to the pension fund will stabilize and therefore allow the City to backfill frozen positions.
For more information, contact: Fire Chief David Hall, 864-1524.