Fire Cadet: Chattanooga Tennessee Deadline: January 31, 2019

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Fire Cadet

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Salary: $32,524.31 Annually

Job Description:


Incumbents in this classification are responsible for participating in the Fire Training Academy.   Duties include attending class, taking exams and integrating classroom training during training exercises.

Cadets will attend a minimum twenty-six week Fire Training Academy (candidates with current EMT certification MAY be allowed to attend an abbreviated academy). Successful completion of the academy is required to perform Firefighter duties. 

Training will take place primarily at 3200 Amnicola Highway. Work days and hours will be determined by Fire Training Staff. 

 Examples of Duties:ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
(The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.)

Participates in fire academy training sessions, including academic and theory classes related to fire suppression, emergency medical care, vehicle extrication, and hazardous materials. This training includes weekly exams and integrating classroom training with hands-on application.
Participates in all hands-on training activities in the classroom, on the drill ground, and other venues. This includes labor-intensive work before, during and after the training exercises.
Participates in daily, high-intensity physical training, including but not limited to, jogging up to 3 miles, calisthenics, strength exercises, and exercising in turnout gear.
With guidance, may participate in real large-scale fire or emergency scenes in non-operational roles.
Adheres to all Fire Academy Rules throughout training.


Upon successful completion of the academy, duties will include:

Responds to all types of fires and other emergencies, including by not limited to fire suppression, emergency medical care to the basic life support level and assist transport agency with advanced life support level, hazardous materials, vehicle extrications, etc. 

Participates in on-going training and educational sessions.

Assists in preparing and ensuring emergency vehicles and apparatus are stocked and ready for immediate response.

Participates in the daily functions of the fire station which may include housekeeping, cooking, maintenance activities, and/or performing other related duties.

Assists in completing and maintaining records related to personnel, incidents, and/or other related items.

Participates in fire department programs such as pre-fire planning, fire prevention programs, and/or fire hydrant checks.

Participates in and/or facilitates training sessions and station tours to the public on fire related topics.

Work twenty-four (24) hour shifts.

Performs other duties as assigned.


 Minimum Qualifications:

Must be a high school graduate or possess GED equivalency.

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be at least 21 years old and not have reached the age of 40 by academy completion date.
  • Must pass a comprehensive background investigation.
  • Be honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces (if applicable).
  • Must be able to pass written exam,  physical ability test, post-offer medical examination, complete a CFD Applicant Questionnaire, perform 100′ aerial ladder test while wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) mask, and possess a valid Class D driver’s license (will be required to obtain an F endorsement  prior to graduating the academy).
  • Must not have been convicted of any felony charge, have not pleaded guilty to any felony charge, or have not entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge, and meet any other standards as set forth in Tennessee Code Annotated.


Valid Class D Driver’s License. (will be required to obtain an F endorsement  prior to graduating the academy).

 Supplemental Information:KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
No prior knowledge is required.

Skill in reading and interpreting classroom training materials and communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

NOTE:  You must provide a complete application to include phone numbers and mailing addresses for all employers in the past ten (10) years and three (3) personal references.  Incomplete applications may not be processed.  

All applicants will be required to take the written test, unless you have a written score on file from the 2018 written test. All applications received from this job posting will be used to establish a future eligibility roster.  

After you have applied it is your responsibility to order the Entry-Level Firefighter 2nd Edition study guide from the testing company, however it is not a requirement.    Click on the link below or copy and past into your web browser to obtain an order form:

You will be notified in writing of the testing process.  Communication regarding this process will be by email only and frequent checking of your account is recommended.

The written test consists of 90 questions and you will have 2 hours to complete. Passing for the written exam is 70%. You will have the option to take the physical ability test the same day. Notices will be delivered via email. You must pass both the written and the physical ability test to move forward in the selection process.

The next step consists of an administrative panel interview.  Further processing will be conducted on candidates who pass these steps and are approved by Fire Administration.  This process consists of a comprehensive background investigation.  Fire Administration and the Fire Chief make final hiring decisions.  

Applicants requesting ADA accommodation in the testing process needs to provide written documentation at least five business days prior to testing date.

The Fire Cadet is a civilian, probationary position for the duration of the Fire academy.

Positions in this class typically require climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing and seeing.

Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Incumbents may be subjected to vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, poor ventilation, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, workspace restrictions, intense noises and infectious diseases.

Safety Sensitive: Y
Department of Transportation – CDL: N
Child Sensitive: N

The City of Chattanooga, Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

All appointments made at the beginning salary unless otherwise authorized. 

All employees must maintain Tennessee residency from the date of hire. 

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

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