Hiring Information

Firefighters, please visit National Testing Network for information on our job opportunities.

Applicants must achieve a passing score on the Fire Team and Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). This is accomplished through the National Testing Network WebsiteThe most desirable candidates will be selected to fill out a Personal History Questionaire (PHQ).

Applicants must be high school graduates or possess a GED and must meet all criteria of the City's current Selection Standards for Firefighter Positions. Applicants must also possess a valid driver's license at time of application and a valid State of Florida Class “E” driver's license at time of appointment. Applicants must be non-users of tobacco products for at least one year prior to the date of application.

The application process will consist of a Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ), PHQ Interview, Background Investigation, and Polygraph. Selected applicants will move through to a Chief's Interview.

* State certified Firefighter/Paramedics are strongly encouraged to apply.  If hired in a Firefighter/EMT position, a qualified paramedic will be eligible to receive a pay differential, can maintain their certification, and will be given strong consideration for promotion to classified Firefighter/Paramedic when positions become available.

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St. Petersburg Fire Rescue utilizes twelve ALS Units and is The Principal ALS First Responder within the Pinellas County EMS system. Our organization offers the self motivated individual an opportunity to challenge their abilities, enhance personal growth and develop their skills.

Career opportunity is available within the Department in either the EMS Division or the Fire Suppression Division. Our organization has several Specialty Teams which members can join. These important Teams include SWAT, Dive, USAR and Haz Mat. Further, if the applicant is interested, there are several leadership roles within the department. They include College Preceptor, Department Preceptor, and CME Instructor.

Selected individuals will become part of a prestigious team that is rewarded with the following comprehensive benefit package:

  • Excellent pay
  • City of St Petersburg pays 75% of individual and family health insurance premiums.
  • Pension accrual of a 3% multiplier per year for all creditable years of service
  • Fully vested in the pension after 10 years of creditable service
  • 7 year Deferred Retirement Option Plan (D.R.O.P.)
  • Vacation accrual rates starting at 175.5 hours per year, increasing throughout career.
  • 1 Relief Day every 7 shifts
  • 10 paid holidays for individuals working the 24/48 hour schedule.
  • Educational leave and tuition reimbursement.
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Join Our Team! Become a firefighter for St. Petersburg Fire Rescue

Our organization has several Specialty Teams which members can join. These important Teams include SWAT, Dive, USAR and Haz Mat.

Selected individuals will become part of a prestigious team that is rewarded with the following comprehensive benefit package:

  • Excellent pay
  • City of St Petersburg pays 75% of individual and family health insurance premiums.
  • Pension accrual of a 3% multiplier per year for all creditable years of service
  • Fully vested in the pension after 10 years of creditable service
  • 7 year Deferred Retirement Option Plan (D.R.O.P.)
  • Vacation accrual rates. Starting at 175.5 hours per year, increasing throughout career.
  • 1 Relief Day every 7 shifts
  • 10 paid holidays for individuals working the 24/48 hour schedule.
  • Educational leave and tuition reimbursement.
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Cadet Program Recruitment Officer 727-893-7058

The Cadet Program is not accepting applications at this time. Check back in 2018.

The Fire Cadet position is designed to provide an Emergency Services career path opportunity for individuals seeking employment with St. Petersburg Fire Rescue as certified Firefighter/EMTs. No prior Emergency Service training or experience is required. Individuals hired as Fire Cadets are provided with the training required to obtain Firefighter II and EMT certifications through the State of Florida. Members are then eligible to be transitioned into a Firefighter Classification.

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