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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently asked questions addressed to Conroe Fire Department Recruiting:

  • When will the CFD be accepting applications again?
    • The CFD accepts applications at least annually, or sooner if a hiring list is exhausted.  To be notified of our next entrance examination CLICK HERE.
  • Are there any study materials or sample tests for the written entrance exam?
    • There are no study materials or sample tests available.  The exam covers general knowledge topics that any high school graduate should be familiar with.  Although questions may be phrased in a firefighting context, no firefighting knowledge is required.
  • Do I have to take the CFD's physical ability test or will proof of successful CPAT completion suffice?
    • All candidates must take the CFD's physical ability test.
  • Are there any state or local residency requirements to apply?
    • There are no state or local residency requirements to apply or work at the CFD.
  • What can I do to prepare for the selection process?
    • Check your criminal history and driving record to ensure they are correct and up to date.  Contact the appropriate agency or agencies now to resolve any inaccuracies.
    • Review the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS and DISQUALIFIERS on our website.
    • Check your credit score.  If there are any issues, start working now to resolve them.
    • Review information about the CFD physical ability test and begin an aggressive workout schedule.
    • Consider how your current actions may affect the outcome of your application (see DISQUALIFIERS).
    • Monitor this website frequently for updates.
  • Are there any volunteer firefighter opportunities at the CFD?
    • The CFD is a fully-paid career department.  As such, there are no volunteer opportunities.  Other smaller departments in the region may have opportunities, however.
  • Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to apply with the CFD?
    • Yes.
  • Does the CFD have an e-mail or interest list that I can join so that I am notified of the next selection process?
    • Yes.  To be notified of our next exam, CLICK HERE.
  • What are the CFD's age requirements?
    • Candidates must have reached their 18th birthday by the date of the entrance examination and not have reached their 36th birthday by date of appointment.
  • Does the CFD provide the required Firefighter and EMT training?
    • No.  Candidates must get this training on their own and have the required certifications prior to being made a job offer.  There are many community colleges and universities in the region that offer the required training.
  • Will my experience and rank at another fire department carry over to the CFD?
    • No.  While prior experience may make your transition into the CFD easier, all start at the rank of Probationary Firefighter.
  • Do I already have to have my TCFP Firefighter and DSHS EMT certifications in order to apply?
    • No.  You will need to have both of these certifications prior to being made a conditional job offer, however.
  • What schedule does the CFD work?
    • 24/48 (24 hours on-duty followed by 48-hours off-duty).  There are also opportunities to work a Monday thru Friday day schedule at the rank of Lieutenant and above.  The CFD is not currently considering any different or alternate work schedules.
  • When will conditional job offers be given (how long does your selection process take)?
    • CFD staff works diligently to conduct the selection process as rapidly as possible.  There are many moving parts, however, so it is impossible to say with any certainty how long it will take.  Typically, it takes about 3 months before the first conditional job offers are made.
  • Does the CFD have a tattoo policy?
    • Tattoos which cannot be covered by the Class A uniform (button-down long-sleeve shirt with a tie) are not allowed per our uniform policy.  Tattoos that violate this policy must be completely removed prior to a conditional job offer being made.  We recommend candidates with tattoos who wish to be considered for employment with the CFD start the removal process of any tattoos that do not meet our standards as soon as possible.  Choosing whether or not to have a tattoo removed is solely your decision.  Should you choose not to comply with this policy, you will be disqualified from the current selection process.
  • I am from out of state.  Will I be required to travel to Conroe much during the selection process?
    • You will have to travel to Conroe for the written exam/physical ability test (typically same trip), polygraph exam, and psychological/medical evaluations (typically same trip).  All other steps such as the pre-polygraph interview and oral interview board can be conducted on the phone or online.  This equates to a minimum of 3 required trips.
  • How can I find out if a medical condition will disqualify me from being selected?
    • Medical evaluations are conducted at the end of the selection process for those who receive conditional job offers.  Candidates must meet the requirements set forth in the National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA) 1583, Latest Edition.  You can view the standard here:  NFPA.