Training: Pre-Academy

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent certificate.
  • Valid Driver’s License with two years driving experience.
  • Ability to obtain an Arizona EMT certification upon graduation from the academy.   Tucson Fire will not entertain any waivers.
  • Physical abilities necessary to perform essential firefighting functions
  • Candidate must pass a pre-employment physical.

IMPORTANT EVENTS AND DATES: To Be Announced

ONLINE APPLICATION PERIOD: To Be Announced

Open Houses: To Be Announced

The Tucson Fire Department will provide two informational sessions where prospective candidates can learn about a career as a member of Tucson Fire as well as an overview of the firefighter testing process. A video outlining the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) used as the physical fitness component of the firefighter testing process will be shown during the Open Houses. Tucson Fire Department members will also be present to answer questions and share experiences.

CPAT Open Houses: To Be Announced

The Tucson Fire Department will provide two informational opportunities to learn about the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). These sessions will allow limited hands-on opportunities to handle the equipment and experience portions of the physical exam that is part of the firefighter testing process. This exposure may also allow a prospective candidate to evaluate his or her current physical fitness level against the physical fitness requirements of the testing process and modify one’s workout regimen, if necessary, well in advance of the official CPAT.

Candidates participating in any CPAT event MUST wear long pants (sweat pants are approved) and footwear with no open heel or toe. Watches and jewelry are not permitted while on the CPAT course.

Written Examination:  To Be Announced

Those applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will receive an email invitation to the written examination. The written exam contains general education questions. General test taking tips as well as a practice test can be accessed by clicking here.  All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 40% of the final score for those placed on the Employment List.

Initial Oral Board:  To Be Announced

Another component of the testing process is the Oral Board. During this portion of the testing process, the candidate will be asked a series of questions to aid the Tucson Fire Department in the selection process. All raw scores will be standardized within the candidate pool completing this evaluation and will account for 60% of the final score for those placed on the Employment List.

Note: Upon completion of the written examination and the initial oral board, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on a ranked Civil Service Employment List. Those highest-ranking applicants will be invited to participate in the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). Successful candidates will then be invited to a final interview. Candidates will be re-ranked based on their final interview score. Selection for the next Firefighter Recruit class will be based on this revised final ranking.

CPAT Orientation:  To Be Announced 

All applicants invited to participate in the INITIAL ORAL BOARD are also provided an opportunity to attend a voluntary Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Orientation. These orientations provide an overview of the CPAT requirements and testing process. Candidates will watch a video on the CPAT describing how to successfully pass the exam with an explanation of the failure points and will also receive preparation tips. During these sessions, the candidates will receive "hands-on" familiarity with the test apparatus and receive guidance on specific conditioning regiments and techniques to help them prepare for the test. These Orientations are not required, but are strongly encouraged.
To keep class size manageable, candidates will need to call 520-791-4701 to schedule an appointment for the CPAT orientations. Also, participation in multiple CPAT orientations is allowed.

CPAT Preparation, CPAT Orientation Guides and video are available at:

Candidates participating in any CPAT event MUST wear long pants (sweat pants are approved) and footwear with no open heel or toe. Watches and jewelry are not permitted while on the CPAT course.

CPAT Timed Practice:  To Be Announced

Candidates, who are placed on the Civil Service Employment List and are invited to participate in CPAT testing, will be provided instructions on how to select a time slot to perform a full timed run through the complete CPAT course. Participation in at least one timed practice session is considered mandatory. However, if a candidate elects to opt out of both timed practices, a waiver acknowledging that the candidate was offered but declined to participate in a timed practice session must be signed prior to participating in the final CPAT test.

Candidates may participate once in each timed practice session for a total of two timed practices. If a candidate achieves a passing time in one of the timed practice sessions, this will count as an "official pass" and the candidate will not need to attend the final CPAT test.
This format allows each candidate three opportunities (two timed practices and the final CPAT) to pass the CPAT portion of the firefighter testing process. It is strongly encouraged that candidates participate in the timed practice sessions for this reason.

CPAT: To Be Announced

This is a Pass/Fail physical fitness test for those candidates who are placed on the Civil Service Employment List. Participation is by invitation only based on one’s ranking on the Employment List. This is a final, single session, opportunity to pass the CPAT and there are no “do-overs” within this session. Candidates who are unsuccessful will have their name permanently removed from the Employment List and will not receive further consideration. 

Final Interview:  To Be Announced

Those candidates who successfully completed CPAT will be invited to participate in a final interview. Candidates will be re-ranked based on their final interview score. Selection for the next Firefighter Recruit class will be based on this revised final ranking.

Prior to the start of an Academy class, selected candidates must pass a criminal background check, a Motor Vehicle History Report, a Public Records Check, a drug screen as well as a comprehensive physical examination from the City Physician.

For information regarding the testing process, please call:

Tucson Fire Human Resources Department:
(520) 837-7008

Training Academy:
(520) 791-4701 if your questions have not been addressed or answered.

The City of Tucson is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. Under the city's Civil Service-Human Resources Ordinance, Tucson Code Chapter 10 §10-18, it is unlawful to discriminate in city employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, marital status, and political opinions, beliefs or affiliations.