Career Opportunities as a Fairbanks Firefighter:
Fairbanks Fire Department
Visit the City of Fairbanks Website for the complete job openings, job description and hiring process!
The City of Fairbanks conducts all Recruit testing and is responsible for hiring all new employees is accordance with its ordinances, policies and procedures. Information is typically available on the City of Fairbanks website, which you will find under the “Important Links” on our home page.
The following is a general overview of the hiring process for informational purposes only, please refer to the City Personnel Department for the official hiring procedure. The following may change at any time.
When the City Personnel Department opens the hiring process the positions will be advertised in the Daily News-Miner and on the City website. All interested persons must complete a City of Fairbanks Job Application.
Candidates will then take a written examination. This examination is a civil service type general knowledge exam. Candidates who complete the remainder of the hiring procedure will be ranked on the hire list by this written test score.
The Fairbanks Fire Department currently uses the joint IAFF/IAFC Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) test as the physical examination. Candidates will be given a thorough overview and opportunity to practice the exam prior to the official test date. During the CPAT the candidate wears a weighted vest while performing a variety of tasks including a stair climb, hose drag, ladder raise, forcible entry simulation, tool carry, rescue drag, confined space entry and an overhaul simulation. The CPAT is pass/fail in a predetermined amount of time.
All candidates whom pass the CPAT will be placed on the hiring list. Employment offers are contingent on candidates passing background checks, psychological examinations, medical screening and drug testing as required by the City. Official job offers are made by the Fire Chief at his discretion based on the hire list. The Chief may make job offers to candidates in any order within the top ten candidates. Preferential hiring has been previously offered to Paramedics.
Once officially hired by the City all recruit Firefighters are placed on a 40 hour work week to complete initial training, regardless of previous experience. This training is similar in content to the Alaska Firefighter I curriculum and also covers Fairbanks Fire Department specific material. Once Recruit training is complete, the firefighter will be assigned to a shift and complete the remainder of their training while on the 24-48 schedule.
The Fairbanks Fire Department is a 100% career Union Fire Department and all members must attain and retain membership within the Fairbanks Firefighters Association, IAFF L1324 as a condition of employment.
IAFF L1324 also represents the 10 career staff of the University of Alaska Fire Department. Their hiring is done as needed through the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Call (907) 450-6600 for more information!
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