City of Milwaukee Fire Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission invites qualified 17-19
year-olds to apply for this exciting full-time employment opportunity that may
lead to a career as a Firefighter with the City of Milwaukee Fire
Department. This unique position provides the opportunity to make a
difference in our community, while also focusing on the successful candidates'
educational, physical fitness, personal and professional development. The City
of Milwaukee is dedicated to developing a diverse Fire Department to serve the
Fire Cadets are uniformed civilian employees who work in an
apprentice-style program designed to prepare Cadets for a career as Milwaukee
Firefighters. Duties include training, education, community
relations, as well as fire house duties. The assignments are widely
varied so that the Fire Cadet will gain a broad range of operational and
administrative experience. Fire Cadets are required to meet established
program criteria to complete a prescribed college curriculum in
paramedicine and a physical fitness program prior to being considered for
appointment to Firefighter.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
in and complete academic and physical training program in preparation for
future Firefighter duties, including cultural competency classes and activities.
in classroom instruction and clinical medical rotations.
carry and operate heavy tools and equipment.
maintenance of departmental equipment, buildings and grounds.
general housekeeping duties.
with safety education, community and recruitment events
with special projects as assigned.
Note: This is a rigorous 2-year program that has physical and
mental benchmarks that must be achieved to standards. Both initial and
quarterly counseling sessions will be provided to each Fire Cadet.
Conditions of Employment
All candidates are subject to the COVID-19 vaccination requirements of
the City of Milwaukee and EVERY clinical partner of the Milwaukee Fire
Department and Milwaukee Area Technical College.
40-hour work week, with off-days by assignment.
assignments include various Fire Department and training sites.
certification as a Nationally Registered EMT.
licensure as a Wisconsin EMT.
complete Wisconsin Firefighter 1 (NFPA 1001) program.
Must complete 24 college credits in paramedicine prior to
completion of the Fire Cadet program and maintain a minimum 3.3GPA
on applicable credits. May be subject to completion of complete paramedic
training, certification & licensure prior to promotion.
Must adhere to the rules and regulations and code of conduct of
the Milwaukee Fire Department
NOTE: Effective October 11, 2016, Fire Cadets
will be subject to the residency requirement for the City of Milwaukee.
This means that within six months of being hired, Fire Cadets must establish an
actual and bona fide residence within 15 miles of the city of
Milwaukee's jurisdictional border.
For current information regarding the status
of the City of Milwaukee’s residency requirement, please visit the Department
of Employee Relations’ Website: http://city.milwaukee.gov/DER. Please call
414.286.5000 if you have questions regarding your individual circumstances
during the application and/or selection process.
Must be at least 17 years old at time of application deadline; and
may not be more than 19 years old on the starting date of the Fire Cadet Class
which is scheduled for August 21, 2023.
Individuals after December 2nd, 2005 -or- born before August 21st,
2004 do not qualify.
Graduation from an accredited high school or completion of a
G.E.D., high school equivalency certificate or State of Wisconsin home school
certificate prior to July 1, 2023.
Physically and academically able to perform Fire Cadet – and
eventually Firefighter Paramedic – training and job duties.
Must possess a valid State of Wisconsin driver’s license within
six months of date of hire, and maintain a valid driver’s license throughout
employment with the Department.
Must not have been terminated / discharged or resigned with
charges pending from either the Milwaukee Fire Department or Milwaukee Police
Department within the last two years from the date of application.
Must successfully pass a background investigation. Applicants who
have failed a Milwaukee Fire Department background investigation, including
appeal, may not apply for two years after the date of disqualification.
Must successfully pass a pre-employment medical and psychological
evaluations, and drug screening.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics
Willingness and aptitude to learn the skills necessary to
communicate effectively with a diverse population, in person and via telephone.
Willingness and aptitude to learn excellent customer-service
Ability to take direction from supervisors.
Possess good moral character exhibiting honesty, responsibility,
and trustworthiness with a positive attitude.
Ability to complete the required firefighting and medical
educational and training programs.
Ability to speak read and write English proficiently, other
language skills appreciated.
Ability to complete the required strength and conditioning
physical fitness programs.
The current annual starting salary is $32,778.72 for City of
Milwaukee residents. The non-resident annual starting salary is $31,824.
The city offers a generous benefits package including 12 days of vacation, 11
paid holidays and 12 days paid sick leave per year; plus, health, dental, and
life insurance, and tuition and textbook reimbursement.
The examination process will include a written test, oral
interview, physical ability test, and background investigation. All
phases of the examination must be successfully completed in order to continue
in the selection process. Failure on any segment of the examination
disqualifies a candidate from continuing in the selection process. The
test takes into consideration Firefighter requirements, as Fire Cadets who
successfully complete the program may become a Firefighter.
Candidates who successfully complete the written examination
will receive information about the date, time, and location of the other
testing components. The written examinations are tentatively scheduled
for January 2023 with an anticipated class start date
in August 2023.
Candidates who expect to be unavailable for
one or more portions of the examination due to military service or
training, must provide written notification
to the Fire and Police Commission, City Hall Room 705 prior to the examination.
Reasonable accommodations requested by
qualified individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with
Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.
Eligible list: Candidates
who successfully complete all phases of the examination will be placed on an
eligible list that will expire on December 31, 2023. Candidates offered
employment must pass a pre-employment medical examination, psychological
evaluation, and drug test as a condition of employment.
appointment to the position of Fire Cadet is contingent upon passing all
pre-employment components, the number of vacancies, and approval by the Board
of the Fire and Police Commission.
Preference Points: Preference
points may be added to the final passing score in accordance with State
Statutes and Fire and Police Commission Rules:
Qualified veterans will receive military preference points added
to the final passing score; a DD-214 is required as proof of service.
Preference points may be added to the final passing score, if
candidates are bona fide residents of the City of Milwaukee when they apply; 2
forms of proof of residency must be provided. Examples of accepted
residency documents: Driver's license, State or government issues ID card,
passport, high school transcripts, phone/internet bill, bank statement. ALL
residency documentation must include your address to be accepted.
In order to receive military veteran or residency preference
points, the DD-214 or proof of residency documents must be provided as part of
the application. The preference points claim forms are included within the
online application, and the necessary supporting documentation may also be
emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Supporting
documentation must be received via attachment to online applications
and email ONLY by the deadline of December 2nd, 2022. Should you
choose to submit these documents via email you are required to
make the subject line of your email: 2022 Fire Cadet Documents. If
you use the incorrect subject line your email may not be accepted
and preference points may not be awarded to you.
No documentation will be accepted past December 2nd, 2022. You
will receive confirmation should you submit these documents via email.
Application Process: The
application process must be completed online. The online application will be
available on September 2, 2022 and accepted
through December 2, 2022 at 4:45 pm. The online
application form and further information may be obtained from
www.milwaukee.gov/jobs or by calling (414) 286-5000. Online applications
may not be submitted after December 2, 2022 at 4:45 pm.
A Fire Cadet may become eligible for appointment to a Fire
Recruit class upon meeting all of the following:
Favorable recommendation of the Chief.
Reaching the age of 18 years.
Satisfactorily completing the approved two year training program.
Attainment of the required college credits in paramedecine.
Possession of a valid Emergency Medical Technician certification
by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and Licensure by the
State of Wisconsin.
Possession of a valid State of Wisconsin driver’s license.
Successfully passing a Candidate Physical Ability Test.
Passing a Firefighter medical examination, psychological
evaluation, drug screen test, and updated background investigation prior to
appointment to Firefighter.
September 2, 2022 –
December 2, 2022 at 4:45 pm
Preference Point documents due by
December 2, 2022 at 4:45 pm
Notice to Qualified Candidates for Written
Notice to qualified candidates for
Pre-employment (top 50 only)
Background, Medical, Psychological
*Timeline is subject to change.
Eligible candidates will receive email communications from the FPC with
updates and required testing components.
Once a candidate is disqualified, they will cease to receive
communication regarding future events.