Firefighter (Lateral)

Recruitment #20-CI8010-01

Nature of Work

This is entry-level firefighting work combating, extinguishing and preventing fires and operating and maintaining fire suppression apparatus and equipment.  Work requires strenuous physical exertion under adverse conditions such as hazardous materials or cramped surroundings. Employees are also responsible for participating in daily training activities, inspecting and maintaining equipment and apparatus and cleaning and maintaining quarters.  Work is performed under the direct supervision of a Fire Lieutenant or Captain. 


Firefighter/EMT I   $40,677 - $45,557   (starting pay is commensurate with experience from a validated career fire department) 

Firefighter/Paramedic    $45,557  - $50,440   (starting pay is commensurate with experience from a validated career fire department)                  

*Firefighter/Paramedic lateral applicants assigned to a BLS unit will receive an additional $3,000 incentive pay annually. *Firefighter/Paramedic lateral applicants assigned to an ALS unit will receive an additional $6000 incentive pay annually. 


  • Applicants shall be at least 18 years of age at the time of employment.  
  • Employment with the City of Montgomery is conditioned upon the potential employee passing a pre-employment drug test.  (The drug test will require the submission of a sample of hair, finger nails, and/or urine that will verify illegal drug use.) 
  • Must possess a diploma from a high school accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the Alabama State Board of Education or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate. NOTE:  A passing GPA from an S.A.C.S. accredited college or university may substitute for the S.A.C.S. accredited high school diploma or GED certificate requirement.  This does not include internet colleges or trade school coursework. 
  • Must be of good moral character and have no record of convictions of a misdemeanor or felony involving violence, force, or moral turpitude. 
  • Must have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain a valid Alabama Driver's License prior to employment. 
  • Must pass the Job Task Assessment (JTA) 
  • Must pass a medical exam (in accordance with NFPA 1582)
  • Must meet the Fire Department’s weight requirements 


  • Beginning on the date of employment, Firefighters are NOT to smoke tobacco products or use smokeless tobacco at ANY time (on or off duty). 
  • Must be available to respond to emergency incidents while off duty when called upon.

Minimum Qualifications

Firefighter/EMT I applicants:  Must have two (2) years of experience in a career fire department and be Alabama Proboard Certified as a Firefighter which includes current Certifications in Firefighter I and II and EMT I Certifications for State of Alabama, and ICS 100, 200, and 700.
Firefighter/Paramedic applicants:  Must have two (2) years of experience in a career fire department and be Alabama Proboard Certified as a Firefighter which includes current Certifications in Firefighter I and II and must possess a current Paramedics license with the State of Alabama.

Special Requirements

Applicants outside of the State of Alabama must contact the Alabama Fire College to obtain AL Proboard Certification before being eligible to apply. EMT Basics and Paramedics must be Nationally Registered and must obtain an Alabama EMT Basic or Paramedic License from the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Kind of Examination

Applicants will be pre-screened using the application and an applicant's responses to minimum qualifications/willingness questionnaire.  Individuals who meet the pre-screening will be referred to Montgomery Fire Rescue (MFR).  MFR will contact individuals to begin the next phase of the process. 

  • New hires must meet MFR hiring requirements to include: Drug screen, background check, polygraph, psychological evaluation, medical evaluation (according to NFPA 1582) and completion of a Job Task Assessment.
  • Before being assigned to work, hired applicants will complete a paid training program/orientation that lasts approximately thirty (30) days.
  • Upon completion of training/orientation program, the employee must complete the MFR physical fitness evaluation (push-ups, sit-ups, run or walk) standards based on age.
  • New hires must complete a six (6) month probationary period.

 Complete an online application by visiting Montgomery City-County Personnel's Online Employment Center. Applicants meeting the standard can apply for Firefighter Lateral.  Paper applications are no longer accepted. Completed applications will be accepted online until 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. If there is no closing date, the announcement may be closed at any time without prior notice.

Additional Information

BENEFITS: Employees are offered a competitive benefits package which includes health, dental, and life insurance, paid annual and sick leave, paid holidays, and a retirement program.  The City of Montgomery participates in the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA).

DRUG TEST: Employment is conditional upon the potential employee passing a preemployment drug test. (The drug test may require the submission of a sample of hair, finger nails, and/or urine that will verify illegal drug use).

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Discrimination against any person in recruitment, examination, appointment, training, promotion, retention, discipline, or any other aspect of personnel administration because of political or religious opinions or affiliations or because of race, national origin, or any other non merit factors is prohibited. Discrimination on the basis of age, sex, or physical disability is prohibited except where specific age, sex, or physical requirements constitute a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to proper and efficient administration.

REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATION: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of the applicant with a disability to request accommodation which he/she requires in order to participate in the application or examination process. The Personnel Department reserves the right to require documentation of the need for accommodation under the ADA. In order to request accommodation in the application or testing process, contact the Personnel Director at (334) 625-2675.

I9: Prior to your employment, you will be required to provide to your employer documentation of your identity and employment eligibility in order to comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

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