Recruiting video screen shotIf you have a strong desire to help others and be a part of a growing and diverse professional organization, there is no better place to start a professional firefighting and emergency medical services career than with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

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You must be state certified in Florida as a firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT) or paramedic prior to submitting an employment application with the City of Jacksonville. Firefighter and EMT training may be obtained locally at Florida State College at Jacksonville or any state-certified training center. Click here for training center contact information.


Once firefighter and EMT certifications have been obtained, employment applications must be completed online at the Human Resources Division website. While completing the online application, you must also attach your Certificate of Compliance and EMT and/or Paramedic Certificate. JFRD's recruiting process is continuous, and the city accepts applications year-round.

Certificates must be valid upon submission of application and appointment. If you are claiming veterans preference, a copy of your DD-214 must also be faxed with your certificates. You will be mailed an Examination Report Card regarding your veterans preference eligibility status. If you do not have access to a computer, the application may be completed in the City of Jacksonville Human Resources office located at:

City Hall at St. James Building
117 W. Duval St., Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Copies of your certificates may be submitted to Employee Services at that time. Be sure to include all information requested on your application. Failure to complete the employment application in its entirety will nullify your consideration for employment as a firefighter.

Already a certified firefighter and EMT or paramedic in another state? You must still be certified in Florida to be eligible for employment. Click here for information on challenging these exams for certification.


  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Must have a State of Florida Certificate of Compliance for Firefighter
  • Must have a State of Florida EMT and/or Paramedic Certificate
  • Must possess a valid Driver License
  • Must be a nonuser of tobacco or tobacco products

If you meet the minimum requirements, your name will be placed on an eligibility list. That list is forwarded to the Fire and Rescue Department on a monthly basis. Once your name is received by the Fire and Rescue Department, you may be notified by the Department regarding the remainder of the screening process:

  • Physical abilities test (medical certification is required prior to participation)
  • Must possess a Class E Driver License
  • Polygraph examination
  • Criminal background investigation
  • Oral interview

If you fail to show for an appointment or do not pass one of the above steps, you may be suspended or disqualified from the process. You may re-apply one year after the date of the eligibility list on which your name appeared and was certified.

If you pass all of the above steps you may be selected and scheduled for a post-offer employment physical and drug screen. Successful passing of the screening process does not guarantee that the applicant will be hired. The policy of the City of Jacksonville is to make decisions based on merit, qualifications and lawful compliance with city ordinances, state and federal laws.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department does not tolerate illegal drug use.

For questions concerning the hiring or application process, please contact:

Chief of Recruitment Teresa Kinstle
(904) 630-7628

To join Jacksonville's Emergency Medical Auxiliary, visit and select "Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities" for more information.