WACO FIRE DEPARTMENT

Employment - About the Selection Process

Complete a Preliminary Application

Applicants must have a Preliminary Application on file with the Waco Fire Department to be allowed to take the Civil Service Entrance Exam on the posted entrance examination date. No exceptions.

NOTE: Once you submit your application online, all applicants will receive an email confirmation.

Civil Service Examination

The Civil Service exam consists of 100 multiple-choice test questions, which measure four important basic abilities for performing the job of firefighter. The test consist of 50 reading comprehension questions; 20 questions on mathematical skills; 15 questions on mechanical comprehension; and 15 questions on table interpretation.

The examination has a two-hour time limit. The minimum passing grade on the examination is 70 percent.  An applicant must pass the examination to be placed on an eligibility list.  The Civil Service list lasts one year from the date of the exam and all new hires will be selected from that list.

Study Guide & Workbook

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Applicants with Prior Military Experience

An applicant may qualify for Veterans points on the Civil Service exam. Civil Service rules states that an additional five (5) points shall be added to the examination grade of an applicant who served in the United States armed forces, received an honorable discharge and made a passing grade on the examination. In addition, Local Civil Service Rules states that the applicant must have served for at least one year and must produce proof that the applicant received an Honorable Discharge. 

Physical Fitness Assessment Test

Applicants who successfully complete the Written Civil Service Examination are also required to successfully complete a Physical Agility test. This pass/fail test is the same for all applicants, without regard to age or gender. The Physical Agility test will be conducted on a specified day following the passing of the written Civil Service Exam.

Watch our video on the Physical Agility Test

Background Packet

Complete a City of Waco fire employment application and a Waco Fire Applicant Personal History Application attaching all verifying documents.

  • Birth Certificate (Certified copy)
  • High School Transcript (Certified copy) or
  • G.E.D. Certificate
  • College Transcript (Certified copy)
  • Military DD-214 Member 4 copy

Background Investigation & polygraph exam

A complete background investigation is conducted into the applicant's general personal reputation, education, military history, driving record, arrest record, drug usage, employment history, special qualifications and skills.

Polygraph examinations are conducted by a licensed polygraph examiner approved/selected by the Waco Fire Department. The sole purpose of examination is to verify the applicant's truthfulness.

Oral Interview Board

The Oral Interview Board is normally comprised of six board members, which includes members of various ranks within the Waco Fire Department. The Oral Interview Board interviews candidates who successfully complete other parts of the selection procedure and objectively evaluate each candidate on six job-related dimensions: appearance, situational reasoning, interpersonal skills, oral communications, dependability and initiative.

Interview with Fire Chief

Applicants who successfully complete the Oral Board Interview and are selected to proceed in the hiring process will meet with the Fire Chief, who will make the final selection.

Complete Physical Examination

Applicants must receive a medical examination by a licensed physician approved/selected by the City of Waco. Applicants must be declared to be in good physical condition and be capable of performing the duties of a firefighter.

 

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