Firefighter: Gainesville Florida


Deadline: Continuous 

Salary: $40,170.87 Annually

Job Description:


*** Please note that you must file your application via the National Testing Network  (NTN). No application for the City is required at this time. For further information about application, please contact the NTN at 1-866-563-3882***

The City of Gainesville is seeking a dynamic and experienced individual who is innovative and forward thinking that will embrace the organization’s citizen-centered vision. The community, its elected leaders, and executive leadership team have embraced this vision.

Testing Requirements:

  • Testing for the position of Certified Firefighter with the City of Gainesville/GFR is being offered through National Testing Network, Inc.(NTN).
  • For testing inquires please contact NTN customer support services, 1-866-563-3882.
  • NTN is a service provided to conduct entry level testing and CPAT testing in a standardized, professional environment.
  • National Testing Network does not replace GFR’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process.

Selection Criteria for NTN testing are as follows:

  • Must have successfully completed the CPAT within one year of applying.
  • NTN Reading score of 70 or greater
  • NTN Math score of 70 or greater
  • Human Relations (HR) score of 75 or greater
  • Mechanical score of 65 or greater
  • Combined score (HR and Mechanical) of 70 or greater

To be considered for the Certified Firefighter position you must:

  • SCHEDULE FOR TESTING at, select Firefighter Jobs and sign up for Gainesville Fire Rescue (GFR). 
  • Have at least a high school diploma or GED,
  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of employment,
  • Have a valid driver’s license (Class “D” or Commercial Driver License valid for driving emergency vehicles) on the date of employment,
  • Have a valid State of Florida Firefighter certification,
  • Have a valid State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification or Paramedic certification.
  • Previous experience is not required! 

What to expect at the website:

  • Review information related to the GFR Firefighter position, including minimum requirements, salary and benefits.
  • Detailed information is provided about the testing process for both the entry level test and CPAT testing.
  • You will have an opportunity to take online practice tests at
  • You must schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays.
  • You will have the opportunity to take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment.


  • Upon completion of the entry level exam and CPAT testing, successful candidates will be  forwarded to GFR for further consideration.
  • Multiple positions will be filled
  • An Eligibility List may be established


Embracing change is the Gainesville way of life! 
Come join our team as we shift the culture from “No to Yes”, “from reactive to proactive,” “from policy-oriented to services-oriented”, and “from silos to teams”.

Job Description

This is responsible technical work protecting life and property by responding to emergency calls; providing emergency medical treatments; performing rescue operations; and combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires; and includes maintaining fire department equipment and quarters.

Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated supervisor and work under limited supervision. Work in this class is distinguished other classes by its emphasis on providing emergency medical treatment and firefighting.

*This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position.  The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job.  Performance of lower level duties may be required.

Provides compassionate care at the Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Life Support (ALS) level by creating and delivering responsible treatment and thorough documentation.

Responds to fire incidents and alarms with an engine or truck company.  Lays and connects hose, serves as nozzle person, and performs interior fire attacks.  Raises and climbs ladders.  Uses water, carbon dioxide, and chemical extinguishing agents.  Uses hydraulic tools, power tools, hand tools and other specialized equipment.

Makes forcible entry into building when necessary.  Ventilates building to drive out smoke and gasses.  Opens walls and other structures which impede effective firefighting, or to effect a rescue.

Assists in performing rescue operations in hazardous environments, and renders medical aid when needed.

Drives and operates ladder trucks, fire pumpers, and rescue trucks to and from incidents in response to emergencies.

Prepares for pumping operations by ensuring that hydrant connections are made.  Uses varied hose connections to connect hose to pump, join hose sections, and connect hose to nozzles.  Pumps water to fire at designated pressure.  Watches condition of motor and unit during operation and makes necessary adjustments or reports defects to mechanic.

Prepares written and computerized reports after medical and fire incidents.

Makes periodic inspections of buildings, gasoline storage tanks, theaters, and other structures for compliance with fire prevention laws.

Performs pre-fire planning of target hazards within the community.

Performs fire safety and public education presentations as assigned.

Attends recertification classes in order to maintain required certifications.

Attends company training, drills, and classes on duty as directed.

Accesses fire station computers for report entry, electronic mail communications, department calendar updates, and various data entry and retrieval.

Attends work on a continuous and regular basis.

Receives fire alarms by telephone, radio, or industrial alarm systems and other public safety emergency calls.  Ascertains nature of fire or emergency and its location, and dispatches by radio all necessary personnel and equipment to scene.

Performs general maintenance work of Fire Department property.  Cleans and washes walls and floors.  Makes minor repairs to property and equipment.  Washes, cleans, polishes, and tests apparatus and related equipment.

May be required to transport, mix, handle or use hazardous materials (other than cans of gasoline, batteries, pumping fuel or access to normal janitorial cleaning materials) or may be responsible for facilities or equipment carrying current, fluids or gas that could endanger the public or other employees.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily.  Below are the required education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions. 

Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma.


Valid Driver’s License required (Class “D” or Commercial Driver License valid for driving emergency vehicles) upon appointment.

Valid State of Florida Fire Fighter II certification required in compliance with criteria set forth by the Florida Division of State Fire Marshall is required at the time of appointment.

Valid State of Florida Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic certification may be required within one (1) year from date of hire.

Ability to work effectively with coworkers and the general public.

Ability to perform prolonged and arduous work under adverse conditions.

Ability to learn a wide variety of firefighting duties and methods within a reasonable training period.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess certain physical abilities and be able to withstand work related environmental conditions. 

Applicants must meet age, moral, educational, health, and physical requirements as prescribed by the City. Pre-employment medical examination required, including satisfactory drug screening. 

Work requires physical strength and agility.

Work requires emergency call duty. 

Work may require performing tasks in and around heavy traffic. 

Work may require exposure to hazardous conditions and noxious chemicals. 

Work may require performance of tasks outdoors under varying climactic conditions.

Applicants must comply with Gainesville Fire Department’s tobacco use prohibition policy.

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

City’s Website Click HERE


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