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Career in the Fire / Rescue Service

The fire service is a physically and mentally demanding occupation. The Division of Fire and Rescue Services offers career opportunities in firefighting and emergency medical services, as well as administrative and support services positions.


– The written examination is scheduled for Wednesday, July 1 and Thursday, July 2 at 0800 hrs each day at the Urbana Fire Station, located at 3602 Urbana Pike, Frederick MD 21704.  Qualified applicants will be notified of their eligibility to test by email through NeoGov, using their email address provided in their application. Instructions will also be included for candidates to electronically schedule themselves for a test date.  Candidates will be required to sign
-in and present a valid driver’s license as photo ID at this written exam site.

For a Study Guide for the CWH Management Solutions entry-level Firefighter exam go to:  Study Guide.  

Immediately following the written test, candidates will be required to attend an orientation and tour of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) where an overview of the course, mentoring program, CPAT test and steps in the selection process will be given. Transportation will be provided to and from the CPAT course site. Candidates should plan for a minimum of 5 hours to attend the testing and CPAT orientation and tour.

2.  ORIENTATION & TOUR OF CPAT COURSE – ALL qualified applicants will be REQUIRED to attend CPAT orientation and walk-thru for the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) course.  Those who attend the written exam will be provided transportation to the course immediately following completion of their written exam, and after the orientation will be returned to the written test site where their car is parked. Those who do not attend the orientation will need to complete an acknowledgement and waiver form CPAT Waiver Form.

Applicants who have a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certificate issued on or after March 9, 2015 from an accredited agency that has a full license by the International Association of Firefighters, will not be required to attend the orientation.  

This orientation will include a review of details of the free mentoring program for candidate preparation, plus a mandatory walk-thru tour of the CPAT course.  Sign-in and valid ID will be required at this location.

3.  MENTORING – Over the 8-week period prior to CPAT, the Division of Fire & Rescue Services (DFRS) provides a free mentoring program that is proven to significantly improve candidates’ preparation for the physical challenges of CPAT.  Mentoring will start on Wednesday, July 8 and will be conducted at the Public Safety Training Facility (PSTF) at 5370 Public Safety Place, Frederick, MD. It is planned for Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings during the 8-week conditioning period.  Check the Mentoring Schedule for dates/times (Mentoring Schedule).   Candidates will be able to electronically schedule themselves for mentoring dates.

IMPORTANT:  In order to participate in your first mentoring session and CPAT, the candidate must follow the Rules of Participation Rules of Participation including:

If a candidate chooses not to participate in mentoring, the completed forms must be brought to the PSTF at the time of CPAT testing.

4.  CPAT – CPAT is tentatively planned for the week of September 8 through 12, 2015 at the Public Safety Training Facility (PSTF) at 5370 Public Safety Place, Frederick, MD 21704.  CPAT is subject to environmental considerations; adverse weather may require alternate dates.  Each candidate will have an opportunity to electronically schedule their date/time for CPAT testing.  On the day of testing, candidates are to use the main entrance and report to Classroom #117. Sign-in and valid ID will be required at this location.  In addition to the recommended physical exercises and mentoring, proper nutrition is suggested using these guidelines Pre-CPAT Nutrition Guidelines at least one week prior to CPAT.
This is a pass/fail test.  A video demonstrating the CPAT will be shown on the day of testing. A CPAT Orientation Guide (CPAT Orientation Guide), as well as a CPAT Preparation (Preparation Guide) are available. Candidates should complete and bring all the forms in their orientation packet, including the Background Investigation Information (Background Investigation Packet).
– Immediately following the CPAT test, interviews before a panel of fire service staff will be conducted for each candidate who successfully completes the CPAT test.  This is a scored examination with points awarded. 

6.  CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT – Successful candidates who are hired will be required to sign a Conditions of Employment Agreement, a Training Reimbursement Agreement with associated Promissory Note, and a Tobacco Free Agreement (acknowledging that as an employee of the Division you cannot use tobacco products in any form whatsoever and stating that the employee shall remain free from any use of tobacco products through the term of employment). Candidates will be given an opportunity to review the documents prior to accepting the conditional offer.  Offers will be based on availability of positions. Fingerprinting through the County will also be required.

7.  OTHER STEPS – Other steps during this process may include:
     Evaluation of application information
     Medical Evaluation/Drug Screen/Tobacco Screen
     Psychological Evaluation – A written evaluation and an interview
     Background Investigation

Completion of a recruitment examination and selection process can extend over a period of months.  Candidates found eligible, but not immediately selected, may be contacted for subsequent placement until the Eligible List is closed.  

– Specific questions should be directed to Frederick County’s Division of Human Resources; 301-600-1070; Human_Resources@FrederickCountyMD.gov

This site and document are not presented as an all-inclusive source for information about this recruitment and selection process.  DFRS reserves the right to update and modify the information on this site as necessary and appropriate.
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