ORLANDO FIRE DEPARTMENT
78 W. CENTRAL BLVD.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA 32801
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Updated: September 28, 2020
Job Classification: Firefighter
The City of Orlando Fire Department is currently hiring for Firefighters! All candidates must complete a department application, located here, prior to testing.
All candidates must complete FireTEAM and CPAT testing through National Testing Network by September 28, 2020. All CPAT tests must be valid, completed within 12 months of the date of application.
Salary Information: Starting salary between $51,370 and $53,654 based on experience. Additional $6,083 per year for those employed as Paramedics. Incentive pay for those assigned to special teams.
Benefit Information:INSURANCE: Life and health insurance available at 95% cost coverage for employee. Optional dental and vision insurance also available. Dependent coverage is available.
VACATION: Start to 2 years, 130 hours per year; 2 to 8 years, 156 hours; 8 to 18 years, 206 hours; 18 years to retirement, 250 hours per year.
HOLIDAYS: Eleven paid holidays. Shift personnel receive twelve hours of straight time pay for each holiday.
HOURS: 24 hours on, 48 hours off. 48-hour work week, additional 24 hours off (Kelly Day) each 8th working day plus two regular days off.
COLLEGE: 100% reimbursement of educational expenses including tuition and required books up to $1,800 per year.
EDUCATION INCIENTIVE: Additional money paid for college degree in Fire or EMS related field. AS, $50 per month; BS or higher, $110 per month.
PENSION: Retire at 68% of salary for 20 years of service or 85% of salary for 25 years of service. A 5% cost of living increase is provided every 3 years to those who retire with at least 20 years of service. A 5 year forward or back DROP is available.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP):
LONGEVITY: Annual longevity payment based on years of service: 5 to 10 years, $600; 10 to 15 years, $1100; 15 to 20 years, $1,600; 20 to 22 years, $2,000; 22 years or more, $2,300.
Candidate Contact:Human Resources407-246-3286 or 407-246-2215 or 407-246-2062 for questions concerning the application or selection process OR send an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Department Overview: The City of Orlando Fire Department (OFD) provides the community a full range of fire suppression, emergency medical service, hazardous materials management, dive rescue, high angle/below grade tactical rescue, and airport rescue services. The OFD also offers fire prevention/inspection services, city-wide disaster planning and coordination, and public education. The department answers more than 60,000 alarms each year and operates eighteen engines, eight tower-ladder trucks, eleven rescues, one heavy rescue and multiple other specialized units (dive, hazmat, arson/bomb, etc.).
Check out the Orlando Fire Department here today!
Population: 287,000 (2019 estimate)
US Citizen: Required
High School Grad/GED: Required
Valid FLORIDA State Driver's License: A valid driver’s license is required upon application. The license does not necessarily have to be a Florida driver’s license upon initial application. However, a candidate must possess a Florida driver’s license upon date of hire.
Ability to Read/Speak English: Required
Academy Certification: Required to be a certified firefighter in the state of Florida by the close of the application date. We do not accept National Registry Certifications for Firefighter.
Hiring Process: Hiring both EMTs and Paramedics.
Candidates must submit a city of Orlando job application via https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/orlando website by 9-28-20 at 1700 hours. Candidates must have passed FireTEAM exam via National Testing Network* (see IMPORTANT NOTE below) and CPAT exam within 12 months from the date a candidate submits their application.
Certain candidates will be selected for additional screening. Selected candidates must also successfully complete interviews, polygraph exams, a background check, psychological exam and a medical exam.
CPAT results from testing centers other than NTN will be accepted. If candidates have passed the CPAT exam via another entity other than NTN, you must upload documentation of your passing status to your online application at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/orlando
*IMPORTANT NOTE: If you applied for the firefighter position with the city of Orlando—Orlando Fire Department in 2019 and passed the FireTEAM exam during that selection process you will not be required to complete FireTEAM with NTN or send your FireTEAM scores via NTN to the city of Orlando. Please note this only applies to those candidates who completed the exam in person at a location in Orlando (either at Valencia College’s School of Public Safety or the OFD Training Division) during the months of August—September 2019.
When these specific candidates passed FireTEAM with the city of Orlando in 2019 their passing status on FireTEAM was valid for two years per city of Orlando policy. The city of Orlando has these candidates’ status on file from 2019. For additional information, please review the city of Orlando job application at:
For all other candidates, you will be required to complete FireTEAM via the NTN, or if you have passed FireTEAM with NTN within twelve months from the date you submit your application, send your results to the city of Orlando via the NTN website.
Nature of Work: General job functions include; (1) Firefighting - Emergency; (2) Firefighting - Non-Emergency; (3) Emergency Medical Services; (4) Work Related Activities. This job is located in the Field Operations Bureau of the Orlando Fire Department and is under the general supervision of the Company Commander. Firefighters will perform individually and/or as a member of a firefighting team and will participate in fire suppression activities including firefighting, rescue, first aid, ventilation, forcible entry, salvage, overhaul, and inspection practices.
Probationary Status: If you are hired by the Orlando Fire Department, you will begin as a Probationary Firefighter, which requires successful completion of an orientation. Failure to successfully complete the orientation for any reason whatsoever will result in immediate termination of employment and the removal of your name from further consideration.
Veterans’ Preference: Candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference must attach appropriate documentation to their application (application link below) OR fax the documentation to 407.246.2019 while writing “Firefighter 2020” on the documentation or fax cover page.
Equal Opportunity Employer: The city of Orlando provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and candidates for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the city of Orlando complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. The city of Orlando expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of the city of Orlando’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.
Disqualifiers from Selection Process:
Candidate has been terminated for cause or resigned to avoid termination within the past three (3) years prior to the date of application. Note: This category does not apply to layoffs due to reduction in force or business closure.
Candidate must be a non-user of tobacco or tobacco products for at least one (1) year immediately preceding application date and continuing to the date of employment.