The Boston Fire Department encourages qualified candidates, ages 18-25 year-old, to apply for this exciting, full-time employment opportunity that may lead to a career as a Firefighter with the City of Boston Fire Department. This unique position provides the opportunity to make a difference in our community, while also focusing on the individual’s educational, physical fitness, personal and professional development.
Brief Job Description:
Fire Cadets are civilian employees with the City of Boston who work in an apprentice-style program designed to prepare Cadets for a career as Boston Firefighters. Duties include training, administrative and clerical functions within the various divisions within the department, as well as fire house duties (Fire House Duties - only as assigned and under supervision). The assignments are widely varied so that the Fire Cadet will gain a broad, comprehensive range of operational and administrative experience. Fire Cadets are required to meet established program criteria to complete a prescribed course of curriculum and a physical fitness program prior to being considered for appointment to the Boston Fire Academy.
After an introduction to the Boston Fire Academy Training and Foundation, duties include, but are not limited to:
The selection process may include an oral interview, a physical ability test or evaluation, and a criminal background investigation to include a pre-employment drug screening. All phases of the selection process must be successfully completed in order to be considered for appointment. Failure in any segment of the selection process may disqualify a candidate from continuing. The test takes into consideration Firefighter requirements including but not limited to the State’s criteria for the Initial Medical Hire Standards as Fire Cadets who successfully complete the program may become Firefighters. The criteria will be used to inform candidates of their eligibility and, where appropriate, inform on correctable measures versus disqualifying factors according to the medical evaluations.
Appointments: Final appointment to the position of Fire Cadet is contingent upon passing all pre employment components, the number of vacancies, and approval by the Boston Fire Commissioner or designate appointee.
Application Process: The application process must be completed online and begins by submitting to and responding through the City of Boston Career Center portal – www.boston.gov/career-center
A Fire Cadet may become eligible for appointment to a Firefighter recruit class upon meeting all of the following: