Fire Recruit


All candidates MUST meet the following:

  • High school graduate or equivalent required.
  • Candidate’s age must be at least nineteen (19) years by the starting date of the Fire Recruit Class for which he/she is considered; and candidate’s age cannot exceed forty (45) years by the date of the employment in this position.
  • Must be record-free of any felony and/or misdemeanor conviction involving moral turpitude and pass required background investigation.
  • Must pass comprehensive medical examination which meets the National Fire Protection Association Standards (NFPA-1582). Must pass a battery of tests which may include written fire selection tests and physical ability test.
  • Applicants must have a valid Class D Tennessee Driver’s License or valid Out of State driver’s license upon entry into the Fire Training Academy.  Must obtain and maintain a valid Class D Tennessee Driver’s License with Endorsement F, within six (6) months as a condition of employment. Knowledge of the Memphis geographical area preferred

Paramedic Certification preferred.

Fire Recruit applicants must successfully complete and pass the following entry level requirements:

  • One Written Exam
  •  Physical Ability Test
  • Background Screening
  • Psychological Exam (Written and Interview)
  • Medical Assessment

The Hiring Process

The hiring process to “Find your Fire” (a Memphis Fire Recruit) begins after completing the initial online application and consists of multiple steps, including but not limited to physical and academic testing, pre-employment screenings, psychological and medical assessments.

Complete the online application

  1. Click the “Apply Today” button on our Home page or click here.
  2. Search and select the job posting title “Fire Recruit”
  3. If you meet the minimum requirements as a Fire Recruit and want to serve the Memphis community click “Apply for Job”
  4. Enter your email address and click “Go” (using a valid email address of which you check periodically)
  5. If you do not have an account, enter your first and last name after clicking “Go”, then click “Start Application”
  6. Click “I Accept”, after reading the privacy agreement
  7. Enter your login credential and click “Login”
  8. Complete application
  9. Advance to review, then Submit

Applicant will immediately receive a confirmation via email – please continue to monitor your email account, days later.

    Application Review/Screening

    Application will be reviewed and if minimum qualifications are met, the applicant will be forwarded to the Testing Team
    for self-scheduling of tests.

    Attend and successfully pass the battery of test

    Testing for this portion of the employment process will be conducted at various approved locations; Testing Team will notify.

    A Written Assessment Exam administered by the City of Memphis’ Testing Team provided by a Third Party Independent Vendor

    All applicants are required to bring and present a valid driver’s license to be admitted for testing and must successfully pass each test component.

    Click below – where indicated – for testing preparation, instructions, and to take a practice test.


    Out of Town Applicants ONLY***

    Out-of-area applicants will receive an email invitation to self-schedule their date. All out-of-area applicants are only
    required to invest time to visit to the City of Memphis during the entire application process.

    Accept the contingent job offer

    Contingent Job Offers are given with consideration of the applicant’s ability to successfully complete and pass the
    remaining screenings and assessments.

    Candidates are selected on individual merits; not a first come, first serve basis. Fire Recruit classes will be filled –
    in accordance to budgetary allowance – based on the candidates’ succession through all phases of the employment process.

    Successfully pass the background investigation screening

    The following factors will be acquired and evaluated for employment consideration:

    • Criminal
    • Education
    • Traffic
    • Employment History

    Successfully test and pass a battery of pre-employment screenings and reviews

    Successful candidates to this point will be scheduled for 2 days of further pre-employment testing:

    Day 1 – Medical Assessment

    Testing for MEDICAL portion will be conducted at:

    Concentra Medical (Near Memphis Int’l Airport)
    2831 Airways Blvd, Bldg. A, Suite 102
    Memphis, TN 38132

    Please bring the completed medical forms (sent via email) and present a valid driver’s license to be admitted for

    Day 2 – Psychological Exam (Written and Interview)

    Present a valid driver’s license to be admitted for testing and other documents as directed via email.

    Psychological Exam will be conducted at:

    The Memphis Fire Training Academy
    4341 Academy Drive
    Memphis, TN 38127

    Applicants are required to bring and present a valid driver’s license to be admitted for testing.

    Receive and Accept the final job offer

    Note: The entire employment process generally takes two (2) to six (6) months to determine an applicant’s suitability
    for employment.

    Attend MFD’s candidate processing session

    1. All recruit candidates will be advised to attend a candidate processing session at the MFD Training Academy to be fitted for Uniforms and other PPE equipment
    2. Bring all required forms as instructed
    3. Tour the Academy facility
    4. Review parking instructions
    5. Receive 1st day expectations and instructions
    6. Issuance of Benefits package
    7. Meet the MFD Command and Training Staff
    8. Final Processing paperwork from HR

    Attend Human Resources Orientation

    This informational session will be conducted at:

    Virtual Online Orientation
    4341 Academy Dr.
    Memphis, TN 38127

    Opportunity to sign-up for employee benefits and other offerings.

    Health and Life insurance are 1st day coverage plans.

    Complete 13 weeks of paid training as a Recruit and graduate from the Memphis Fire Training Academy

    A successful Fire Recruit candidate will complete an intensive 13-week training program and graduate to become
    Firefighter I certified, followed by a 12-month probationary period as a Fire Private I under the supervision of a Field
    Training Officer (F.T.O).

    Apply/Contact a Recruiter

    Stephen Zachar

    Stephen Zachar

    Firefighter Paramedic


    David Henrickson

    David Henrickson



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