Recruitment #1905-6402-001


The Tucson Fire Department is seeking highly experienced and motivated firefighters to rejoin the Tucson Fire family.  This position involves specialized fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency lifesaving, and rescue work with the Tucson Fire Department.  The duties require strenuous physical exertion under such emergency conditions as extreme heat, cramped surroundings and a contaminated environment.

Essential Functions

Performs fire suppression and emergency response by securing the scene, identifying and containing hazardous materials, setting up and carrying equipment, removing obstacles, utilizing tools and equipment to extinguish fires, rescuing occupants, administering medical treatment, and transporting patients to the hospital. Performs facility, apparatus, and equipment maintenance by performing daily station cleaning and grounds maintenance, and routinely maintaining and inspecting emergency service equipment.

Educates the community and personnel by conducting station tours, participating in community events and programs, teaching safety classes, and providing the appropriate level of information. Conducts fire inspections, targets hazards, and inspects and tests hydrants and fire protection systems.

Performs related duties by maintaining physical fitness and all required certifications, attending training and conditioning classes, participating in drills, and complying with all procedures as outlined in department manuals and by management

Responds to hazardous materials calls and identifies the materials, isolates the incident and evacuates the individuals not in the "hot zone"; goes into "hot zone" to mitigate problems; identifies containers involved and identifies or classifies unknown materials and determines the concentration of hazardous materials.

Identifies and predicts likely behavior of materials and containers, estimates the likely size, shape, and concentrations associated with the release of materials using computer modeling, monitoring equipment, or specialists in this field.

Develops objectives and defensive, offensive, or nonintervention action options for each hazardous materials incident. Uses safety considerations consistent with the local emergency response plan and the organization's standard operating procedures.

Determines the emergency response equipment and personal protective equipment for action required to implement HazMat procedures.  

Participates in the debriefing of each incident; may serve as part of the Tucson Police and Tucson Fire Rapid Response Team to evaluate suspicious or unknown packages.

Inputs Tier Two reports from companies in Tucson that handle hazardous materials equipment.

Performs special rescue activities involving rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, structural collapse rescue, or swift water rescue.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: High School Diploma or G.E.D.

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years commissioned service with Tucson Fire Department within the past 5 years.

Valid and unrestricted drivers license

Special Job Requirements

Arizona Fire Fighter I and II Certification

Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation Certification

Arizona Emergency Medical Technician Basic Certification

HazMat First Responder Certification

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a technical oral board interview.

Technical Oral Board Interview is scheduled for May 28, 2019

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List. An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score, which will be calculated as: 10% of your rating for education and work experience and 90% of your oral board interview.

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months. Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to  The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of HONORABLE service.

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email Attn: JoAnn Acosta, Cynthia Serrano or Antigone Ibrahim at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


This position may require passing a criminal background check, Motor Vehicle History Report, Public Records Check and/or physical, drug screen and/or audio exam.  Fingerprinting and reference checks will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. Employment offers are contingent upon successfully passing any of the above requirements.

Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from or and check your email account regularly.  Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.  All email inquiries should be directed to JoAnn Acosta, Cynthia Serrano or Antigone Ibrahim at

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

Respirator Physical

Hep B Vaccine/Titer

Non-NIDA Drug Test

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.