Fire Department Career Opportunities

June Marshall

(765) 983-7541

jmarshall@richmondindiana.gov

Business Manager

Become a Firefighter

To become a firefighter with the Richmond Fire Department (RFD), applicants must submit an application, meet certain requirements, and pass a series of tests.

Application

All applications must be sent via Certified Mail to Richmond Fire Department Headquarters at:
Richmond Fire Department
101 South 5th Street
Richmond, Indiana 47374

Become a Firefighter

To become a firefighter with the Richmond Fire Department (RFD), applicants must submit an application, meet certain requirements, and pass a series of tests.

Application

All applications must be sent via Certified Mail to Richmond Fire Department Headquarters at:
Richmond Fire Department
101 South 5th Street
Richmond, Indiana 47374

Firefighter Requirements

In order to be eligible for appointment to the RFD, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Residence requirements (IC 36-8-4-2). Applicants must reside within:
    -The county in which the city is located;
    -A county that is contiguous to the county in which the city is located; or
    -A county that is non-contiguous to the county in which the city is located but is not more than fifty (50) miles from the closest boundary of the city where the police or fire department is located.
  2. Applicant must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age at time of hire. (I.C. 36-8-3.5-12)
  3. Applicant must not have attained the age of thirty-six (36) years at time of hiring. 
  4. Applicant shall be a high school graduate as evidenced by a diploma issued by a high school accredited by the department or agency of a state authorized to accredit high schools. An equivalency diploma (G.E.D.) issued by such an accredited high school is acceptable. (Applicants will be required to provide the RFD with a copy of High School Diploma and transcripts or GED).
  5. Applicant must hold a valid driver's license from any state and must be able to acquire a valid Indiana Driver's License prior to employment.
  6. A dishonorable discharge from the military service shall disqualify the applicant.
  7. Applicants receiving compensation or pension benefits from military service are not disqualified from applying.
  8. Applicants must maintain a reliable contracted phone service. (Land-line and/or cell phone)
  9. Applicants shall not have been convicted of a felony.
  10. Applicant must be able to successfully complete both the extensive physical ability test and written aptitude examination.
  11. Applicant must be able to pass a thorough background investigation.
  12. Applicant must submit to a Structured Oral Interview.
  13. Applicant shall not have a conviction of any illegal delivery of drugs.
  14. Applicant must obtain Firefighter I &Firefighter II within first 12 months of hire.
  15. Applicant must obtain EMT within first year of hire.
  16. Applicant must obtain a Paramedic license within five (5) years of hire.  Paramedic course will be scheduled and paid for by the RFD.

Note your military, emergency medical technician, or other fire training in your application.

Part-Time Paramedic/EMT Requirements

Applicant must be:

  1. State Certified as a Paramedic or EMT
  2. Pass background checks or other criteria as outlined below

Testing

To go through the RFD’s hiring process, all applicants complete a series of tests. As you pass each test, you will be informed of the next phase and time schedule. For each test, arrive no later than 30 minutes before its scheduled start time and show a valid driver’s license. Failure to do so can result in disqualification.

Background Check Phase. You will be required to go through a complete background investigation. This covers your criminal and driving history.  The RFD will request and receive a criminal background check from the city. It is your responsibility to provide the RFD with a county background check (free document from Wayne County) as well as your driving record (available online or the local BMV).

Voicestress Test Phase.  Once the RFD receives the results of your voice stress test, it is at the discretion of the RFD to determine if you move on to the next phase.

Candidate’s Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Phase. The CPAT is a timed agility test that measures your upper body strength and endurance. If you fail to meet the test’s time standards, you will not pass. Dress in comfortable workout clothes(no shorts) and tennis shoes. The test is strenuous, so if you have had a recent illness or surgery, are pregnant, or are taking medicine, ask your doctor for a note that says you can participate.  This resource will help you prepare for the CPAT.

Written Test Phase. This phase takes about 3 ½ hours to complete and covers areas such as basic math, reading comprehension, memorization, and problem solving. The aerial climb will be held the same day as the written test (weather permitting)and is pass or fail. The aerial climb requires you to climb up and down a ladder. Dress in comfortable workout clothes (no shorts) and tennis shoes; a pair of gloves will be provided by the RFD.

Oral Interview Phase. This phase takes approximately 30-40 minutes. You will sit before a board of people who will ask you questions and grade your response. Dress as if you were going to a job interview.

Request for your acceptance in the Indiana Public Employee's Retirement Fund (PERF) Phase. The mental and medical exams show if you are mentally and physically able to perform the job of a firefighter. The mental exam takes about two hours to complete. It is followed by an interview with a psychologist. The medical exam is a complete physical that includes body fat, hearing/vision, treadmill, blood, and urine tests. When done, the doctors give their recommendations to the RFD.

Once you have successfully passed the above mentioned phases and tests, you will be notified by mail that you may be given a conditional offer of employment.

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