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Civil Service Exam - The CSE consists of basic Reading and Math questions.  

After submitting an online application you will receive a study guide. Start the application process by completing an online application. 

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Immunizations

At this time all applicants should begin submitting all required immunization records to the HFD Infection Control Office by email at hfdinfectioncontrol@houstontx.gov using the provided cover sheet. 

Follow the immunization instructions and requirements in the immunization packet.

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The Physical Ability Test consists of two separate components.

The first component is a series of tasks designed to assess important physical abilities necessary for effective job performance as a firefighter. The second component is a 1.5 mile run.

Read more information on (PAT) and review information on location

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Background checks are required. 

Please fill out all information that is requested by IdentoGo. Fingerprints must be completed within 14 days of taking the civil service exam.

Go to the IdentoGo website to start your background check. 

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Required processing documents must be submitted to your assigned recruiter for review.

All documentation provided will be reviewed for consistency, accuracy and authenticity at the interview. 

Review the HFD required documents checklist.

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Each applicant must pass a polygraph examination without deception.

This step must be successfully completed in order to continue in the hiring process.

Please contact the HFD recruiting office for more details. 

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A background investigation will be conducted. 

Residential, employment, educational, military, criminal history and driving record (state and national checks) will be completed on each applicant. 

Please contact the HFD recruiting office for more details. 

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Complete the new hire paperwork, drug test, medical exam, physical exam and uniform fitting.

Please review the academy cadet job requirements packet before attending class.

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Training in the HFD Academy

Seven to eight months of daily rigorous physical training and classroom instruction in preparation for the Fire Certification and EMS Certification exams and National Registry.

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Graduate from the HFD Academy

Successfully obtained Fire and EMS Certifications. Passed the National Registry.