Chapter 143, Texas Local Government Code, (Civil Service law) establishes the general guidelines for hiring firefighters in the Texarkana Fire Department. Applicants must first take the entrance exam. Those applicants that pass the entrance exam are placed on an eligibility list in order of their score. When an opening occurs, the candidate with the highest score is considered first. Each candidate must successfully pass a physical ability test. Then, the candidate's background is checked by various means, including a polygraph exam. Following an interview with the fire chief and an oral interview board, the successful candidate is given a conditional offer of employment. Following this, the candidate undergoes a physical examination and assessment, including a drug screen. If these phases are passed successfully, the candidate is hired.
A firefighter candidate must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the written test, and must not have reached his / her 36th birthday at the time of hiring. Certifications by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as a structural firefighter and by the Texas Department of Health as an EMT-basic or higher are preferred, but not required at time of employment. Candidates are expected to have demonstrated personal maturity as evidenced by a drug-free lifestyle, a clean driving record, and no criminal history. Candidates must also be sufficiently physically fit to pass a physical ability test, a physical exam, and a physical assessment.
The Texarkana Fire Department is a full time career department. We do not have volunteers.