First Friday with a Firefighter

This event offers participants an opportunity to get the details on what it takes to become a Firefighter/ Emergency Medical Technician /Paramedic. See flyer for more details.

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Apply to HFD today

Start the application process by completing an online application.

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HFD Requirements

HFD requirements for Certified and Non-certified firefighter and EMT trainee.

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HFD Compensation

The Houston Fire Department is excited to offer a $5,000.00 Hiring Incentive to all hires

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Appreciation from the Chief

Thank you for your interest in the City of Houston Fire Department.

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Our Mission

To save lives, protect property, and serve our community with courage, commitment and compassion.
HFD exists to serve our citizens. Prevention and enforcement, public education, pre-hospital emergency care & transportation, and fire control is part of our mission.
Civil Service Exam Dates for the corresponding Academy Start Dates
2024 Academy DatesCivil Service Exam Test Dates
August 26, 2024 April 5, 2024
May 3, 2024
October 28, 2024 June 7, 2024
July 12, 2024
2025 Academy Dates 
April 14, 2025 November 1, 2024
December 6, 2024
June 23, 2025 February 7, 2025
March 7, 2025

Interested in being a firefighter?

If you are interested in a career with the Houston Fire Department and would like to be notified of upcoming exams, please complete the form by clicking the button below.
Our commitment to the public we serve is unwavering and consistent.
Teamwork is the basis of our success.
The faithful observance of duty beckons us to fulfill our obligations professionally and honestly.
Courage is the foundation of our character.

Join Our HFD Team

HFD Cadet Recruitment
HFD Recruitment: Meet Cadet Christine
Houston Fire Department Mission Statement
Tell us about the communities HFD serves
What do you love most about Houston Fire Department?
Houston Fire Department Mission Statement
Why did you become a Houston Firefighter?
What advice would you give someone who may be considering joining the Houston Fire Department?
Roles and Responsibilities of HFD Members
Fire Cadet Video by HTV

About the Houston Fire Department

Vision Statement

HFD will be recognized as a premier public service organization, respected and admired by our peers and the community as the most diverse, innovative, and efficient public safety provider in the world.

HFD Academy Disclaimer
The Houston Fire Department Academy is a paramilitary program that will last approximately 7-9 months (length of time may vary).
During this time, cadets will attend fire school and emergency medical technician school (EMT). This program has physical ability training daily and will test physical agility. Cadets will be required to be able to perform physical fitness activities that may include, but are not limited to, running, pushups, sit ups, pull ups, climbing and carrying equipment, some of which may be tested and timed.
HFD Testing Disclaimer
To participate in the Firefighter Training hiring process you must complete an official application at and meet the minimum qualifications.
Due to the volume of applicants, both the Civil Service Exam (CSE) and the Physical Abilities Testing (PAT) testing dates are by invitation only, and on a first come first serve basis. Failure to apply or meet the minimum qualifications will result in discontinuance of the process. Testing dates and times are subject to change.