City of Boston

Boston Fire Cadet

Posted Date 1 week ago(1/17/2023 11:12 AM)
Req ID
Boston Fire Department
Regular Full-Time
Posting End Date
Contact Email


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: 

  • Participate in and complete academic and physical training program in preparation for future  Firefighter duties 
  • Assist all divisions within the department including, but not limited to Operations, Training, Public  Information, Fire Alarm, Fire Prevention and Education, and Human Resources/Personnel.
  • Participate in controlled scenario trainings at the Fire Academy and Special Operations facilities
  • Participate in classroom instruction to include CPR, EMT, and Firefighter I training
  • Lift, carry and operate heavy tools and equipment 
  • Perform supervised maintenance of departmental equipment, buildings and grounds
  • Perform administrative and clerical duties such as typing, filing and data entry
  • Answer and direct phone calls 
  • Perform general housekeeping duties as assigned under supervision 
  • Assist with safety education, community and recruitment events 
  • Assist with special projects and events as assigned 
  • Work assignments include tasks throughout various divisions within the fire department, training  sites, and public safety 
  • Attain certification as a Registered EMT-Basic during tenure. 
  • Successfully pass the Fire Civil Service Exam either prior to start date or during tenure as a Cadet NOTE: Cadets will be subject to the residency requirement for the City of Boston 

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years old at time of application; and may not be more than 25 years old on the  starting date of the Fire Cadet Class 
  • Must be a resident of the City of Boston and have maintained 3 years of residency within the City of  Boston leading up to the application (March  
  • High School Diploma or high school equivalency certificate recognized by the Massachusetts  Department of Education 
  • Physically able to perform training, job duties, and tasks as a Fire Cadet 
  • Must possess a valid Massachusetts driver license within six months prior of date of the hire, and  maintain a valid driver’s license throughout employment with the department (Responsible driving  record will be taken into consideration) 
  • Must successfully pass a background investigation including criminal background check and pre-employment drug screening 
  • United States citizenship, or must have permanent resident status
  • Willingness and aptitude to learn the skills necessary to communicate effectively with a diverse  population, in person and via telephone 
  • Willingness and aptitude to learn excellent customer-service skills 
  • Ability to take direction from supervisors Possess good moral character exhibiting honesty, responsibility, and trustworthiness with a positive attitude 
  • Ability to complete the required medical, educational, and training programs 
  • Ability to communicate clearly 
  • Ability to complete the required strength and conditioning physical fitness programs
  • Ability to lift/carry 50lbs as an exercise 
  • Department will have a preference for candidates with fluency in a second language 

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 – 

Firefighter Appointment

A Fire Cadet may become eligible for appointment to a Firefighter recruit class upon meeting all of the  following:

  • Favorable recommendation and appointment to the Boston Fire Academy by the Boston Fire  Department Commissioner 
  • Serving in the program a minimum of two years 
  •  Satisfactorily completing the approved training program 
  •  Passing of CPR and EMT Training and Firefighter I Training 
  •  Possession of a valid State of Massachusetts driver’s license. 
  •  Successfully passing a Candidate Physical Ability Test (ELPAT) 
  •  Passing a Firefighter medical examination, psychological evaluation, drug screen test, and updated  background investigation prior to appointment to Training as a Firefighter.


  • Hours per week: 35 
  • Schedule: Off-days by assignment, Monday – Friday, 7:30/8:00 am – 3:30/4:00 pm 
  • The current annual starting annual salary is $31,213.00 


Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed