Philadelphia Fire Fighters perform fire fighting and rescue work, controlling and extinguishing fires using a variety of specialized equipment and techniques, evacuating persons from areas of danger, and performing emergency treatment. Work includes inspecting multi-occupancy and commercial buildings for fire hazards and violations of the Fire Code, and instructing the public on the principles of fire preventions. Work is performed under the general supervision of a fire officer. Assignments are stable in nature and are carried out in accordance with standard departmental practices and general work instructions.
All firefighters hired by the PFD must apply and successfully compete in a civil service examination for firefighters. Prospective candidates are selected in rank order from the established civil service list for the processing. The process includes Department interviews, criminal and background investigations, and, if selected for conditional appointment, a candidate must successfully pass a medical examination. Additionally, all candidates must be drug free.
Selected candidates are appointed as cadets in an extensive sixteen-week academic, practical and physical training program at the Philadelphia Fire Academy. At the Academy, cadets are trained in basic firefighting procedures as well as in basic emergency medical services, for which they must obtain state certification as an emergency medical technician.
Only upon the successful completion of training are cadets sworn in as Firefighter/ EMT's and assigned to a field fire suppression engine or ladder company. As EMT's, firefighters are also assigned as needed to work in Basic Life Support Medic Units.
All appointees must successfully complete a six-month probationary period.
The City of Philadelphia offers an exceptionally competitive entry-level salary and benefits package. As a firefighter's career progresses, longevity pay raises accrue and opportunities for advancement become available. Please take a moment to review the benefits outlined below
The current yearly salary for a firefighter Recruit in the Fire Academy is $40,036. After graduating the academy as a Firefighter, you receive a pay increase. There are scheduled increases in pay to the present maximum of $55,603 a year. Overtime is paid at the level of time and a half. There are excellent opportunities for promotion, which will result in a corresponding raise in salaries. Firefighters are paid biweekly. Salary does not include your annual uniform allowance or holiday time.
Prospective Philadelphia Fire Fighters must meet all of the following minimum requirements.
Requirements are determined by the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
High School graduate or GED
Physical & Medical Requirements
Ability to physically perform the duties and work in the environmental conditions required of the position.
Each non-resident(in the City of Philadelphia) hired for the position of Firefighter is required to establish residency within the City of Philadelphia no later than six (6) months after promotion to Fire Fighter. Those appointed to the position of Fire Fighter shall be establish his or her own bona fide residence in the City within six months of his or her appointment.
All civilian candidates must possess a valid proper class vehicle operator's license issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment as a Firefighter Recruit. Anyone with a suspended or revoked license will not pass the background investigation. Any applicant who possesses outstanding fees for traffic violations must make payment arrangements with Traffic Court.
Applicants must be 18 years of age at the time of hire
Job Interest Form
For individuals interested in employment as a firefighter, please click on the link below and fill out the "Job Interest Form." Once applications are available, those that completed the form will be notified
Should you have any questions, clarifications, and/or concerns please feel free to contact the Recruitment Unit at 215-685-3748/49 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
PFD Fire Stations and Recruitment Information