When applying for a firefighter position for the Bernalillo County Fire Department, all applicants must be 18 years or older, have a valid EMT – Basic license or higher, drivers license, high school diploma or GED. If selected for a position in the cadet academy the applicant must pass a firefighter physical as well as an extensive law enforcement background check that will be conducted by the department.
To find out about an open position with the Bernalillo County Fire Department go to www.bernco.gov
When a job posting is created and listed, a person interested in applying for a job may apply either on-line at www.bernco.gov
or in person at One Civic Center in the Human Resources Department in downtown Albuquerque. Once the application is submitted it will go through the human resources department following a review. If you are found to meet all criteria, the application will continue on to the fire department where you can continue with the entrance process.
There is a EMT entrance exam that consists of a 100 question test. The applicant must pass with a 80% or higher
Physical Ability Element Process
After passing the written exam each applicant must pass each individual physical ablility phase to continue in the process.
Phase I – Pack Test: You will have to perform and pass the NWCG arduous pack test with a maximum completion time of 45 minutes and 45 seconds.
Phase II – Combat Challenge: Once phase I is completed the applicant will perform the combat challenge with a maximum completion time of 6 minutes and 30 seconds, uninterrupted time. (The training division provides 2 practice days for the combat challenge during the hiring process)
Phase III – Aerial Ladder Climb: Once phase II is completed and passed by the applicant they must continue onto the Aerial Ladder climb.
All qualified applicants that pass all phases of physical testing will be scheduled for an interview with the Chief of Fire and Rescue.
If selected by the Chief of Fire and Rescue the applicant must pass an extensive law enforcement background check conducted by the department
Firefighter Medical Evaluation Process
If selected by the Chief of Fire and Rescue and the applicant passes the law enforcement background check, the applicant must pass the department Firefighter Medical Evaluation (drug, hearing, vision, cardiac, physical fitness, lung volume screening)
If offered the position, the applicant must accept the position and will be given a start date of the next cadet academy.