Careers with Fire Department

Information on careers with the Fire department including links of how to apply, pay scale and requirements for firefighter and EMT, and the Fire Academy.

If you are seeking employment with the Department, hiring is conducted through the City's Department of Personnel.  

View current openings or call the Department of Personnel Job Hotline at (314) 992-0996.


A career in the fire service is both challenging and rewarding. 

Fire suppression is only one of a wide variety of duties performed by firefighters. In fact, approximately 75% of all fire department's responses are to emergency medical calls. Other typical assignments may include fire education, commercial building fire inspections, community outreach, training, and equipment maintenance. 

When fighting fires, work apparel and equipment weighing approximately 45 pounds are worn. A significant amount of time is spent inspecting, cleaning, and maintaining this equipment and training in its use. A firefighter is usually a member of a four member team that lives and works together in close quarters throughout a shift. 

Living at the fire house entails house keeping, cooking, and equipment maintenance. Teams may be diverse by gender and ethnicity and each member is heavily dependent on fellow members to successfully perform the duties of the position. 

Fire fighting is twenty-four hour work done in shifts that vary. Calls for assistance can and do come at any hour. A typical firefighter works a 24-hour shift with 24-hours off-duty in between shifts.

More Information

Become a Firefighter
Information on qualifications needed and how the process works to become a firefighter with the City of St. Louis.

Description of Careers with the Fire Department
Provides basic Informationon pay scale and requirements for firefighter and EMT.

St. Louis Fire Academy
Information about training provided by the St. Louis Fire Academy.

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