Thank you for your interest in Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR).
The information provided below walks you through starting an exciting career and securing your family's future. This unique opportunity to participate in a comprehensive qualification and application program. We're here to assist you in completing these steps.
In order to qualify you will need to take a physical test (CPAT), a timed computer test (FireTEAM), pass qualifications to enter into EMT school (if not already certified) and meet all qualifications to become employed with Marion County.
Below you will find a TENATIVE TIMELINE, qualifications, disqualifications, important dates and step-by-step instructions on how to register for testing. Please pay close attention and complete each step in its entirety.
18 years of age or older
U.S. citizen; Legally and lawfully permitted to work in the U.S.
High school graduate/GED recipient
Valid FLORIDA driver's license
Ability to read and speak English
DisqualifiersFelony, criminal activity
A criminal history background investigation is conducted prior to hire, following Florida Statute 112.011 regarding felony convictions.
A poor driving record will classify a candidate as undesirable; however, it will not necessarily remove a candidate from consideration.
Marion County is a drug-free work place. A pre-employment drug screen is conducted prior to hire.
A poor employment history will classify a candidate as undesirable; however, it will not necessarily remove a candidate from consideration.
Applicants must have abstained from the use of tobacco products for twelve months prior to application and may not use tobacco products during employment.
||Position launches on National Testing Network (NTN) website and Marion County Human Resources web page.
||CareerSource job fair event|
||Job application closed (all requirements must be met by this day...NO exceptions)|
|February and March||Applicant physicals
|Feb. 5 to 9||Interviews of eligible applicants
|Feb. 9||Applications selected/Offers made to selected applicants|
|March 19 to 30||Employee orientation|
|April 2||FF1 - MCFR Operations|
|May 14||FF2 - Florida State Fire College|
|TBD||EMT - Florida State Fire College (tentative)|
Step-by-step testing instructions
1. Register with National Testing Network to schedule CPAT/FireTEAM test at www.nationaltestingnetwork.com.
- CPAT information can be found here.
- FireTEAM information can be found here.
- Under “Search For Jobs,” select “By Profession,” the "Firefighter."
- Check the box “Marion County Fire Rescue.”
PLEASE SELECT PROPER ADVERTISEMENT
*State-certified paramedics apply for “Paramedic Certified Firefighter Trainee”
*State-certified EMTs apply for “EMT Certified Firefighter Trainee”
*Non-certified applicants apply for “Non-certified Firefighter Trainee”
- Choose“Continue” on the left side of the screen.
- Select “This is All I Want.”
- Read all qualifications, if you meet the qualifications, select “Continue."
- Select a testing center to take your FireTEAM test. Follow the instructions on registration.
- Follow the same steps to register for the CPAT (under the “Find Jobs” link at the top of the page)
- Choose "CPAT Test."
- Select “Schedule a CPAT”
2. Complete both tests with passing scores.
3. Apply for Firefighter Trainee position on Marion County Human Resources web page.
- After completing and passing the CPAT and FireTEAM testing, you must apply for the position on Marion County’s Human Resources web page.
4. Once all of these steps have been successfully completed, you will be contacted by MCFR with additional directions.
Non-certified Firefighter/EMT Trainee- $8.10 per hour while in firefighting and EMT training (approx. 28 weeks). Once trainee becomes a certified Firefighter/EMT, they will move to the Firefighter/EMT rate.
EMT Certified/FF Trainee- $10 per hour while in firefighting and EMT training (approx. 16 weeks). Once trainee becomes a certified Firefighter/EMT, they will move to the Firefighter/EMT rate. (See other postings to apply)
PM Certified/FF Trainee- $12.25 per hour while in firefighting and EMT training (approx. 16 weeks). Once trainee becomes a certified Firefighter/EMT, they will move to the Firefighter/PM rate. (See other postings to apply)
Contributed benefits: health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability, Florida Retirement System enrollment, sick leave, vacation leave, nine paid holidays, and employee assistance program.
Optional benefits: Deferred compensation program, dental, vision and 125 flexible spending account.
Additional contractual benefits: Annual firefighter personal day available as time off or 24 hours of “buy out.”
96 hours of holiday pay converted to annual leave (four shifts) also available for annual “buy out.”
48 hours incentive pay converted to annual leave for non-use of sick leave annually.
120 hours maximum for “buy out.”
104 hours of accrued sick leave annually.
$1,000 annually for tuition reimbursement.
Paramedic program fully funded by MCFR.