2023 OPEN ENROLLMENT
BECOME A FIREFIGHTER.
Open Enrollment is held each year. Set up your profile online now and get notified when open enrollment dates are advertised online.
We are the 30th busiest fire department in the country. 740 uniformed personnel and our 22 fire stations are staffed with Firefighters working a 48/96 shift with daily minimum staffing of 165. Over one-third of the department’s fire stations require Firefighters with specialized training.
Start the process of becoming a firefighter by registering your profile.
THE MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS.
Before you apply to become a firefighter with Albuquerque Fire Rescue, you must meet the mandatory requirements.
Must be at least 18 years of age by the end of the Open Enrollment (Application) period.
Must be a High School Graduate or equivalent
Must be a United States Citizen or Legal Resident.
Males under the age of 25 must be registered for Selective Service.
Must possess a valid driver’s license (out-of-state applicants must obtain a New Mexico driver’s license within 30 days of being hired).
Possession of, or have the ability to obtain a valid Class E New Mexico driver’s license by graduation from the academy.
Must have a Valid Candidate Physical Ability Test Certification (CPAT) obtained and submitted for approval prior to being scheduled for any testing sessions. Log in to nmcpat.com to schedule a CPAT test or choose other options for CPAT administration by logging in to https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/cpat_info.cfm
It is not mandatory to possess an EMT license to apply for employment with Albuquerque Fire Rescue. Applicants who do possess a current State or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license at the Basic level or higher may be given hiring preference.
Candidates hired without an EMT license will attend an additional 6-week, expedited EMT-Basic course immediately following the 18-week cadet academy.
HOW TO QUALIFY.
Once you have registered your profile, you’ll be notified when a position is available to submit your application. After submitting your application, it will be reviewed for completeness and verification of eligibility requirements.
Eligibility requirements include a Valid Candidate Physical Ability Test Certification obtained and submitted for approval prior to being scheduled for any testing sessions.
Log in to nmcpat.com to schedule a CPAT test.
Candidates may also choose other options for CPAT administration by logging in to https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs/cpat_info.cfm
If accepted, the applicant is notified and scheduled for the following steps.
02. WRITTEN EXAM.
The written examination is designed to measure the skills and abilities needed to succeed as a firefighter. The written examination consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. Skills and abilities measured include listening comprehension, mathematics, mechanical reasoning, language mechanics, and reading comprehension.
The link below is a twenty-five-question practice exam with example items that represent the 6 dimensions you will encounter on the actual exam.
03. ORAL INTERVIEW.
After you pass the written exam, you’ll be scheduled for an oral interview. The Structured Oral Interview panel allows candidates to demonstrate their personal qualifications, training, experience, attitude, and personal attributes.
FIRE CHIEF SELECTION.
Once all candidates have passed all phases of Albuquerque Fire Rescue’s hiring process, the candidates names are placed alphabetically onto a qualification matrix consisting of criteria considered during the selection process.
CHARACTER MUST COME FIRST.
Albuquerque Fire Rescue has an obligation to our community to maintain a highly effective and disciplined workforce that reflects the diverse character of our community. Our success is dependent on administering a hiring process that reflects high organizational standards, has a high level of professional integrity, and is absent of political influences.