Firefighter Recruit Position

 2017 FIREFIGHTER-RECRUIT PROCESS OVERVIEW: The following information is an outline of steps for candidates who submitted applications for our Firefighter Recruit position by February 8, 2017 and received notification that they are eligible to participate in our process.  We are no longer accepting applications for this process.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION – The written examination is scheduled for Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, 2017.  Instructions have been provided to eligible candidates to electronically schedule themselves for a written test date and a Study Guide has been sent to each candidate.  The written examination will begin promptly on each test date with no late arrivals admitted and should be completed within 4 hours.  Candidates will be required to present photo identification at this written exam.   

A video demonstrating the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) will be shown, an overview of the process will be given, and the required forms to include the Advanced Notice Agreement-Tobacco Free Agreement will be provided.   

ORIENTATION & TOUR OF CANDIDATE PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST (CPAT) COURSE – Immediately following the written exam, all candidates will be given an opportunity to attend CPAT orientation which will include a walk-thru of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) course and a review of details of the free mentoring program for candidate preparation.  Transportation to the CPAT course will be provided immediately following completion of the written exam, with return transportation provided back to the site of the written exam.  Candidates who elect not to attend the orientation will be required to complete an acknowledgement and the CPAT Waiver Form.

CURRENT CPAT CERTIFICATIONS: Candidates with certifications from other CERTIFIED CPAT jurisdictions/facilities dated after November 19, 2016, are to submit them electronically for review by the DFRS Training staff to or fax to 301-600-2592 by May 22, 2017.  Candidates will be advised if the certifications is accepted or if CPAT testing is required. 

FIREFIGHTER RECRUIT HIRING PROCESS: An overall outline of the process which provides important dates to save for upcoming events in the process and information regarding forms and when they are to be submitted to DFRS: Firefighter Recruit Hiring Process (for candidate use only).

MENTORING SESSIONS:                                March 21 thru May 17, 2017
          -CPAT Mentoring Schedule
          -Candidates must sign up ahead of time for CPAT Mentoring Sessions at:
          -For problems or questions about self scheduling, send an email to:
CPAT TRIAL RUN:                                            April 29 and May 6, 2017
DFRS CPAT TEST AND INTERVIEWS:             May 16 thru May 24, 2017
CONDITIONAL OFFERS EXTENDED:             Week of July 3, 2017
WRITTEN PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING:         July 21 and July 22, 2017
INTERVIEWS WITH PSYCHOLOGIST:            July 31 thru August 25, 2017
MEDICAL (PHYSICAL) TESTING:                   July 17 thru August 25, 2017
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS:                 July 11 thru August 25, 2017
FINAL OFFERS EXTENDED:                           Week of September 5, 2017
RC #23 START DATE:                                      To Be Determined


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CPAT Physical Ability Personal Information Sheet
CPAT Test Agreement
Doctor's Certification of Fitness to Perform CPAT
Legal Waiver Form

Heat Acclimatization, Hydration and Fitness Literature and Acknowledgement
Mentoring Schedule
Volunteer Service Verification Form
Background Investigation Packet (White Envelope)


Firefighter Recruit Hiring Process (for candidate use only)
Advanced Notice Agreement Tobacco Free Condition of Employment
CPAT Orientation and Preparation Guide
Pre-CPAT Nutrition Guidelines
Conditions of Employment Agreement
Training Reimbursement Agreement/Promissory Note

For assistance with any DFRS forms listed above, please contact 301-600-2907.

QUESTIONS- Specific questions should be directed to Frederick County's Division of Human Resources: 301-600-1070 or

This site and documents are not presented as an all-inclusive source for information about this recruitment and selection process.  DFRS reserves the right to update and modify the information on this site as necessary and appropriate.