HFD recruiting looks to increase numbers

Department offers incentive page to applicants with certifications.

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HFD Requirements

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

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HFD Benefits

A City of Houston Firefighter has many rewards, financially and personally. The City of Houston offers an exceptional Benefits package.

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Appreciation from the Chief

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

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Women's Career & Fitness Experience

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Be a Firefighter Career Fair

Saturday, December 10, 2022 at HBFFA Union Hall.

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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 Exams

Current exam dates for fiscal year:

November 4
December 2

April 2023
June 2023

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.
Reliability
Our commitment to the public we serve is unwavering and consistent.
Teamwork
Teamwork is the basis of our success.
Dedication
The faithful observance of duty beckons us to fulfill our obligations professionally and honestly.
Bravery
Courage is the foundation of our character.
Based on operational needs, applicants with an active Fire certification AND an active EMT certification prior to job offer date, are eligible for Incentive Pay if the Houston Fire Department initiates a Fast-Track class.
$2,500 Fire and EMT certifications or $3,000 Fire and EMT Paramedic certifications.

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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 www.houstontx.gov 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.