The Frederick County Department of Fire and Rescue Services offers exceptional and diverse career opportunities for men and women seeking professional development and satisfaction. With a variety of job assignments, unlimited opportunities for growth, and the chance to make a profound difference in the community.
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*As a condition of employment, persons selected for all future training classes shall not use tobacco products in any form throughout the term of their employment whether on or off duty. Any use of tobacco products during the term of employment shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action and/or termination.
Once you have successfully submitted and application it will be reviewed to verify you meet the minimum requirements. All eligible applicants will then be invited to self schedule for a written exam date/time,
The *tentative* exam dates are January 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2021 - subject to change
The written exam is a paper/pencil exam. Applicants will be given 2 1/2 hours to complete once the exam officially begins. Please expect to be onsite for up to 4 hours for instructions, information, and orientation.
At the 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/Nicotine Free Agreement will be provided.
The following reference material are just for you to review, there is no need to complete them and turn in prior to the written.
CANDIDATE PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST (CPAT) ORIENTATION & TOUR – Immediately following the written exam, all applicants 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. Due to construction and classes scheduled at the Public Safety Training Facility, candidates will not be authorized to drive to or park at the CPAT orientation site. Candidates will be required to sign in and present a valid driver’s license as photo ID at the orientation.
Candidates who elect not to attend the orientation will be required to complete an acknowledgement and the CPAT Waiver Form which will be provided following the written exam.
CANDIDATE PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST (CPAT) MENTORING & TESTING - Candidates that successfully pass the written exam will be able to come and work out with fitness instructors to help prepare for the CPAT test. In order to participate in the mentoring and testing, candidates must complete forms 1-5 below. Test date will be published here at a later date.
NOTE: If you use a fillable form, please click "Save As" and save to your hard drive-do not save your personal information on the website.
1. CPAT Physical Ability Personal Information Sheet
2. CPAT Test Agreement
3. Doctor's Certification of Fitness to Perform CPAT
4. Legal Waiver Form
5. Heat Acclimatization, Hydration and Fitness Literature and Acknowledgement
INTERVIEWS - Candidates who successfully complete the CPAT exam will be invited to participate in a panel interview.**All candidates must bring with them a completed Background Investigation Packet to the interview.
The interview process is very structured and the interview panel consists of 3 uniformed personnel. Each candidate will be asked the same questions and be required to provide a verbal response in a specific timeframe.
Candidates will be asked questions about how they relate to the community, Co-workers, employers, and people in general. You will also be evaluated on your decision making, problem solving, and life experience skills.
Frederick County Fire and Rescue is looking for professional ,dedicated, and enthusiastic, men and women that value the importance of serving the community. Take the time to ask yourself what values you hold as a high priority in your own life. Frederick County FF/EMT's and Paramedics focus on coming together as a team during each shift to make the best decisions on each call they run. They are trusted by the local community to use all the skills learned in some of the most challenging situations.
Once applicants successfully complete the written exam, the CPAT test, and the interview a review committee will meet and select who will receive a Conditional Offer.
Candidates will be required to submit a completed background packet on the date of their interview. The background information packet can be downloaded and printed out here: Background Investigation Packet. If the candidate accepts the conditional offer the background packet will be opened and the investigation process will begin.
All potential candidates will have a thorough medical evaluation in accordance with NFPA 1582 to see if they meet the qualified criteria for a career with FCFRS. These appointments will be scheduled via the NeoGov system and instructions will be sent in the conditional offer. All medical evaluations must be completed by Frederick Health Employer Solutions (FHES).
Candidates will partake in a written psychological evaluation, uniform fittings, and fingerprinting that will be administered at the Law Enforcement Center in Frederick once they receive a Conditional Offer. In the weeks following candidates will have a one on one meeting with the psychologist for a more in depth interview.
Congratulations! If you satisfactorily complete all steps of the application process and are selected as a finalist you will receive a Final Offer of Employment with the academy start date. This will include information on Family Orientation Night.