Hiring Information

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Applicants must achieve a passing score on the Fire Team and Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). This is accomplished through the National Testing Network WebsiteThe most desirable candidates will be selected to fill out a Personal History Questionaire (PHQ).

Applicants must be high school graduates or possess a GED and must meet all criteria of the City's current Selection Standards for Firefighter Positions. Applicants must also possess a valid driver's license at time of application and a valid State of Florida Class “E” driver's license at time of appointment. Applicants must be non-users of tobacco products for at least one year prior to the date of application.

The application process will consist of a Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ), PHQ Interview, Background Investigation, and Polygraph. Selected applicants will move through to a Chief's Interview.

*State certified Firefighter/Paramedics are strongly encouraged to apply.  If hired in a Firefighter/EMT position, a qualified paramedic will be eligible to receive a pay differential, can maintain their certification, and will be given strong consideration for promotion to classified Firefighter/Paramedic when positions become available.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue utilizes twelve ALS Units and is The Principal ALS First Responder within the Pinellas County EMS system. Our organization offers the self motivated individual an opportunity to challenge their abilities, enhance personal growth and develop their skills.

Career opportunity is available within the Department in either the EMS Division or the Fire Suppression Division. Our organization has several Specialty Teams which members can join. These important Teams include SWAT, Dive, USAR and Haz Mat. Further, if the applicant is interested, there are several leadership roles within the department. They include College Preceptor, Department Preceptor, and CME Instructor.

Selected individuals will become part of a prestigious team that is rewarded with the following comprehensive benefit package:

  • Excellent pay
  • City of St Petersburg pays 75% of individual and family health insurance premiums.
  • Pension accrual of a 3% multiplier per year for all creditable years of service
  • Fully vested in the pension after 10 years of creditable service
  • 5 year Deferred Retirement Option Plan (D.R.O.P.)
  • Generous vacation rates starting at 175.5 hours per year, increasing throughout career.
  • 10 paid holidays for individuals working the 24/48 hour schedule.
  • Educational leave and tuition reimbursement.

Join Our Team! Become a firefighter for St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue

Our organization has several Specialty Teams which members can join. These important Teams include SWAT, Dive, USAR and Haz Mat.

Selected individuals will become part of a prestigious team that is rewarded with the following comprehensive benefit package:

  • Excellent pay
  • City of St Petersburg pays 75% of individual and family health insurance premiums.
  • Pension accrual of a 3% multiplier per year for all creditable years of service
  • Fully vested in the pension after 10 years of creditable service
  • 5 year Deferred Retirement Option Plan (D.R.O.P.)
  • Generous vacation accrual rates. Starting at 175.5 hours of leave for years 1 through 5. Leave increases throughout career.
  • 10 paid holidays for individuals working the 24/48 hour schedule.
  • Educational leave and tuition reimbursement.

Benefits include: annual leave the first year, one 24 hour Relief day every 6 weeks, ten paid holidays, an excellent pension with up to 100% of pay, and many other great benefits.

Note: Valid for Firefighters or Paramedics starting in Fiscal Year 2010(Oct. 2009)

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