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How to Apply
When testing is announced, obtain a registration form for the Civil Service Examination from:

City of Temple Human Resources Department
Municipal Building – Suite 209
2 North Main Street
Temple, TX 76501


Registration forms must be a current original and may be handled through the mail, faxed, or e-mailed. However, the registration form must be in the Human Resources Department by the posted deadline on the official Temple Civil Service Announcement, and not just postmarked on that date.

Any questions about qualifications or requirements may be directed to the Human Resources Department for the City of Temple at (254) 298-5650, or Temple Fire and Rescue at (254) 298-5682, or E-mail.

The City of Temple is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

Job Description 
  • Protects life and property by extinguishing fires.
  • Assists in fire prevention activities.
  • Assesses nature of illness or injury at emergency scenes.
  • Administers initial EMS treatment.
  • Performs rescue operations.
  • Responds to emergency calls involving fire, EMS and hazardous materials.
  • Performs other non-emergency duties.

Work Hours
Typically the Firefighters work shift starts at 8:00a.m. and ends at 8:00a.m. the following day. The shift is 24 hours on duty followed by 48 hours off duty.

Sign on Bonus
Individuals who are previously certified through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and have one year of paid Firefighting experience may be eligible for a sign-on bonus.

Who Can Be A Firefighter
Persons desiring to be a Firefighter must meet these basic requirements: 
  • Must pass the Civil Service Written Test
  • Must be at least 18 years of age to take the Civil Service Entrance Exam but not have attained the age of 36 years at time of hire.
  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Must possess a valid Texas Driver's License.

Other Information
An eligibility list is established as a result of open, competitive examinations. Eligibility list is valid one (1) year from certification unless exhausted sooner. 

An additional five (5) points shall be added to the examination grade for an applicant who served in the United States armed forces for not less than one (1) year on active duty, received an honorable discharge, and who scored a PASSING grade of 70 on the entrance examination. To receive the five (5) points, you must turn in a DD214 with your registration form OR present a copy prior to the start time of the examination. DD214 must clearly state character of discharge (member 4).

Applicants who pass the Civil Service Examination AND who are considered for appointment as either a firefighter or firefighter trainee, are required to pass each phase of the following selection process: 
  • Essential job function test.
  • Background investigation.
  • Polygraph Exam.       
  • Complete an oral interview with an oral interview board.
  • Work fitness medical exam including drug testing.
  • Be able to pass an eye exam; 20/100 uncorrected.
  • Psychological exam.
Once started, the duration of the selection process usually lasts less than one (1) month.

Eligibility List
The Eligibility List is established as a result of the final examination scores, and the list is valid for ONE (1) YEAR, unless it is otherwise exhausted. Civil Service Law requires the candidates be considered in the order they appear on the list as the vacancies occur.

Applicants who do not pass the written examination and/or fail to complete the Selection Process, will not be considered for appointment as a fire control rescue officer for the duration of that current eligibility list. These applicants may reapply and retest for the next posted Civil Service examination.

Residency Requirement
Applicant must be able to respond to a civil emergency within a forty-five (45) minute travel response time. (Condition of Employment)

No Tobacco Use Requirement
Applicant must agree not to use tobacco products of any kind, both on or off duty, while an officer with the Temple Fire Department. (Condition of Employment)

Physical Assessment Test
Applicant must agree to take and pass an annual essential job function test. (Condition of Employment)

City of Temple
2 North Main Street
Temple, TX 76501
Phone: (254) 298-5561