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Rochester Firefighter Entrance Exam Application

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Rochester NY Fire DepartmentThe Rochester Fire Department is now accepting applications for the Firefighter Entrance Exam, to be held on Jan. 21, 2012.

The Application period is open from Oct. 31 through Dec. 12, 2011, and is open to city residents only.

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Rochester Firefighter Responsibilities

The Rochester Fire Department typically responds to fire alarms, rescue operations and emergency medical calls. A firefighter’s responsibilities include:

  •  Locating the fire, sizing it up and relaying information to the officer-in-charge;
  •  Making openings for ventilation, entry and search;
  •  Evacuation and/or removing people from hazardous areas;
  •  Raising, positioning and climbing ladders and entering burning buildings wearing heavy protective clothing with a breathing apparatus;
  •  Laying, connecting, carrying, dragging and operating hose lines and nozzles;
  •  Drive, ride or operate firefighting equipment, and placing various apparatus and equipment as necessary, inspect and maintain firefighting equipment;
  •  Operate power tools, move heavy objects, dig and/or work in hazardous areas to rescue or extricate victims of various kinds of accidents;
  •  Provide emergency medical treatment for injured and/or ill persons;
  •  Conduct periodic inspection of buildings and private homes for fire hazards, inspect hydrants for proper operation and perform salvage operations at fire scenes such as, removing furniture, covering furniture with tarpaulins and cleaning debris.

No experience is necessary, but the job of a firefighter is physically demanding. It requires a high level of cardiopulmonary endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance. Successful candidates will be trained in all aspects of the job at the Firefighter Training Academy upon hire. To learn more about the physical requirements of the job, visit the Candidate Physical Ability Test link.

Rochester Firefighter Candidate Requirements

Candidates Must:

  • Be a resident of the city of Rochester at time of application and at the beginning of each subsequent step in the selection process up to and including the date of appointment. Claims of city residency are subject to review and verification;
  • Have a high school diploma/GED;
  • Be 18 years of age at time of hire;
  • Possess a valid New York State Class D Driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment in the title;
  • Pass a general medical examination, vision and hearing examination, and drug test;
  • Be in good physical and psychological condition;
  • Possession of an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT- BASIC) certificate issued by New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services within twelve (12) months of appointment.  This
    certificate must be maintained throughout employment in this title.

Firefighter Benefits:

  • Starting Salary: $37,812; increases to $66,031 in five years;
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Paid vacation
  • Life insurance
  • Uniform allowance
  • Dental and medical coverage
  • Pension
  • Non-traditional work schedule

Scope of Examination:

The test process will consist of three parts: a reading test, a written multiple choice test and an oral exercise. Candidates who do not pass Part 1 will not be permitted to participate in Part 2; candidates who take Part 2 will be permitted to participate in Part 3. Parts 1 and 2 will be held on the same day; Part 3 will be scheduled at a later date and candidates will be notified.

The following is a description of the examination:

  • Part 1:  Reading Test – Candidates will read passages and respond to questions concerning the passage.
  • Part 2:  Written Multiple Choice Test – This test is designed to evaluate knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in the following areas: Memory, Spatial Orientation, Logic, and Work Behaviors.
  • Part 3:  Oral Exercise – Candidates will be given hypothetical situations that will evaluate skills and abilities in:  Problem Identification and Analysis, Decision Making, Oral Communication, and Service Orientation. The Oral Exercise will be video taped. Candidates will also be video taped in their responses to follow up questions.

Failure to appear at any scheduled portion of this examination will result in applicant’s removal from further consideration in the examination process and removal from eligible list.

Medical Requirements:

The Rochester Fire Department refers to  NFPA 1582 Chapter 6 standards  (2007 Edition) on Medical Evaluation of Candidates as a guideline for medical fitness. Please be advised that this is used as a guide only. The City of Rochester reserves the right to modify these guidelines as appropriate.

For more information about the firefighter application

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