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What is the starting salary?

Learn more about the starting salary for a Firefighter on the Wages and Benefits page. 


How long does the Fire Academy last?

The academy may last up to 20 months. During this time, cadets receive training in both Fire and EMS subjects.


What is the hiring process?

All applicants must submit an online application at Applicants must successfully pass each step before proceeding in the recruitment process:

  • Written Examination
  • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
  • Background Investigation
  • Oral Board Interview
  • Psychological Examination
  • Pre-employment medical, physical, and drug testing

All potential candidates may be required to take a polygraph examination.


What are the Firefighters' working hours?

While in the academy, cadets will typically work Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The hours may be flexed to accommodate hospital, clinical or ambulatory ride outs. Upon graduation from the academy, Firefighters work a 24-hour shift on and 48 hours off.


What benefits are offered?

The City of Corpus Christi provides health and life coverage for the employee and 50% of dependent coverage. Trainees begin immediate participation in the Firefighters Retirement System. Upon graduation from the Academy, the City provides the initial uniform and a monthly allowance after that for upkeep. Cadets earn 15 days sick leave, 15 days vacation, and 7 paid holidays per year. There is also additional incentive pay for applicable certifications and college hours.


What does the written exam consist of?

The exam consists of general knowledge, such as reading, math, interpersonal skills, teamwork, commitment, honesty, integrity, and emotional stability. The exam consists of 100 questions and must be taken within 2.5 hours. There is not a study guide for this exam.


Are there any residency requirements?

Firefighters may live outside the city limits but must reside in such a location as to be able to reach City Hall within 60 minutes by traveling by automobile at posted speeds in ordinary weekday traffic.


Do I get extra points if I served in the military?

Applicants who qualify for Military points will have five (5) points added to their passing test score. To qualify for military points, a candidate must have been Honorably Discharged and submit a DD214 demonstrating at least 180 days of Active Duty Status. No other discharge status will be accepted.


What does the physical fitness test consist of?

CPAT consists of eight separate events:

  • Stair Climb
  • Hose Drag
  • Equipment Carry
  • Ladder Raise and Extension
  • Forcible Entry
  • Search
  • Rescue
  • Ceiling Breach and Pull

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What are the physical demands of firefighting?

The physical demands are vigorous. Firefighters are called upon to perform hazardous tasks requiring strenuous exertion under emergency conditions. Often, these tasks are performed in a hostile environment such as smoke, extreme heat, toxic gases, and confined spaces.


Can I still apply if I am in the military reserve?

Yes, although you may have to speak with your commanding officer through the proper channels for any modifications made to your military commitment.