Hiring Process

A step-by-step guide how to get hired by Beaumont Fire Rescue.

The fire service is an honorable profession that requires integrity, selflessness, sacrifice, courage, discipline, and commitment to the greater good. The City of Beaumont’s Fire Department is grounded in the honorable traditions of the fire service, while being committed to continuous improvement and progress. Our goal is to recruit and hire qualified applicants who reflect the diversity of our community and who model servant leadership. Suppression works a 24 hr on, 48 hr off work rotation with a Kelly day.

The hiring process is through but designed to identify the best of the best for our department.

1. Apply on the City of Beaumont Website

All positions are posted by the City HR department. Applications are only accepted when job openings are available. Postings for probationary firefighter/EMT positions occur when vacancies need filling. Be sure to check back often. All open positions are listed on https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/beaumont

2. Written Exam

Eligible applicants will be invited to take the written general knowledge examination. A minimum score of 70 percent is required to continue in the hiring process.

3. Physical Test

Applicants who pass the written exam are invited to attempt a job-related physical abilities test that consists of:

  • Perform 1 Minute Sit-Up Test – Minimum – 26 sit-ups.
  • Recover 5 minutes.
  • Perform 300 Meter Run – Time Limit – 81 seconds.
  • Recover 5-10 minutes.
  • Perform 1 Minute Push-Up Test – Minimum – 20 push-ups.
  • Recover 5 Minutes
  • Perform 1.5 Mile Run Test – Time Limit – 16:39
  • Aerial Ladder Climb – 100’ at a 75-degree angle

4. Applicant Screening Packet

Applicants who pass the written exam will be issued an Applicant Screening Packet (ASP). Complete the packet fully and accurately and return it to the City of Beaumont Human Resources before the stated deadline.Remember to include copies of all required supporting documentation including any additional hiring credits for military service, higher education, and other certifications.

5. Background Investigation + Polygraph

Investigators begin processing criminal and driving history after the ASP is received. If the investigation identifies any standard process disqualifiers, then the applicant will no longer be considered. A polygraph exam is administered to verify the integrity, honesty, and moral character of the applicant.

6. Oral Board Interview

The interview panel is made up of Beaumont Fire Rescue members from various ranks. Standard question sets are used for all applicants and rated using a standard scale.The interview is designed to assess general job knowledge, judgement, and targeted character attributes.

7. Interview with the Fire Chief

If the interview is successful, the fire chief may extend a conditional job offer, pending results of the medical fit-for-duty exam, polygraph, and drug screening.

8. Medical Fitness-for-Duty Exam

The final step is a medical physical exam following the National Fire Protection Association standards (NFPA 1582). Applicants who pass the medical fitness-for-duty exam and drug screening are eligible for hire.

9. Congratulations – You’re Part of the Team

If you’re dual certified as a “probationary firefighter,” you will be sworn in and begin a probationary training program before starting on shift.

If you are single certified as an EMT, you will begin the Fire Cadet Program through LIT Fire Academy. Upon successful completion of passing the Fire Academy and passing the TCFP exam, you will be sworn in as a probationary firefighter to complete that additional training program before starting on shift.


Criminal History

  • Having a conviction for, of being currently under indictment or charged with a felony offense
  • Having a conviction for any Class A or B misdemeanor offense within the 36 months preceding the application
  • Currently being on probation for any offense greater than a Class C misdemeanor

For the purpose of these requirements, an individual is convicted of an offense when adjudication of guilt on the offense is entered against him/her by a court of competent jurisdiction, or a plea of guilt is entered, including situations where:

  • The sentence is subsequently probated and the person is discharged from probation
  • Deferred adjudication is granted
  • The person is pardoned for the offense, unless the pardon is expressly granted for subsequent proof of innocence

Drug & Controlled Substance Use

  • Having an extensive record of drug/controlled substance use
  • Having illegally furnished any controlled substance or dangerous drug to another

In this case extensive is defined as illegal use of:

  • Marijuana within one year preceding the date of application
  • Any controlled substance or dangerous drugs (other than marijuana) within three years preceding the date of application

Departmental History

  • Having been terminated from Beaumont Fire-Rescue Services for cause
  • Having resigned from Beaumont Fire-Rescue Services for disciplinary reasons, resigning to avoid suspension or discharge, or having resigned during a professional standards investigation without final judgement being rendered
  • Failing to cooperate with and keep all scheduled appointments with City of Beaumont or Beaumont Fire-Rescue Services staff involved in the hiring process
  • Failing to submit information, updates, or changes by the required deadline date
  • Refusal to submit to a polygraph exam or drug screen
  • Without being specifically enumerated in the above disqualifications, if circumstances exist that indicate the applicant is clearly unsuited for a career with Beaumont Fire-Rescue Services, the application will be rejected.

Driving History

  • Having an excessive record of traffic convictions or negligent traffic collisions
  • Not have two or more traffic violation convictions within the 12 months preceding the date of taking the written examination. 

In this case excessive is defined as, during the three-year period preceding the date of application:

  • Convictions for more than three moving violations
  • Driver’s license suspended for DWI or DUID; failure to carry liability insurance; any reason that would indicate poor driving behavior
  • Having more than one at fault accident
  • A series of negligent collisions that would indicate poor driving behavior or habits, whether or not citations were issued

Indicators of Possible Character Deficiencies

  • Making any deliberate false statement of fact, being deceptive by statement or omission in the employment application or Applicant Screening Packet, background investigation information or by any means in the hiring process
  • Having been discharged from military service with other than an honorable discharge
  • Having a history of failing to maintain financial responsibility (i.e. bankruptcy, debt delinquency, foreclosure, etc.) without reasonable extenuating circumstances
  • Being a member of any organization that advocates or supports overthrow of government or other agency by force or violence
  • Being a member of any organization that advocates illegal discrimination

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