Hiring & Testing Information
The Kerrville Fire Department is an all paid department with both fire and EMS personnel. Check the city website employment page for employment openings or contact Fire Administration for more information.
- The Firefighter position performs fire suppression and emergency medical services for the community. Assist in the maintenance of equipment and facilities. Protect lives and property through firefighting/EMS activities, and perform hazardous tasks under emergency conditions. The firefighter is required to be a certified Firefighter with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) and a certified Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at time of employment. If the firefighter is not a DSHS certified Paramedic when hired, the city will enroll the employee in the first available Paramedic class.
- The EMS Crew position performs emergency medical services for the community. Respond to emergency calls of injured or sick patients. Provide Inter-facility transfers to and from hospitals, nursing homes or other requested locations while providing medical care as needed. Assist in the maintenance of equipment and facilities and perform minor administrative functions. The EMS crew is required to be a certified Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at time of employment.
Firefighter Written Exam
The written exam is a ninety (90) question multiple-choice test designed to assess whether or not a candidate has the most basic abilities necessary to learn and perform the duties of a firefighter, including rescue operations, responding to alarms, providing first aid, entering fire structures, maintaining equipment, hose operations, attending training and ladder operations.
Candidates may order a Study Guide online from Public Safety Compass:
- Reading Comprehension
- Interpreting Tables
- Situation Judgement
- Logical and Mathematical Reasoning Ability
- Reading Gauges
- Mechanical Aptitude
- Spatial Sense
- Map Reading
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Firefighter Physical Ability Test
The physical ability test (PAT) consists of ten (10) continuously-timed events. The candidate will watch a brief video explaining each event plus a thorough walk-through prior to testing.
PAT Candidate Demonstration Video:
The validated maximum time allowed to complete the course is 6 minutes and 57 seconds; any candidate that completes a time greater than 6:57 will fail the PAT and will not be allowed to continue in the application process. Each of the ten events are validated by Fire & Police Selection, Inc. and based on basic firefighter skills & abilities.
Supplied mandatory equipment consists of (structure) gloves, helmet, turnout coat, knee pads, and breathing apparatus (weighing no more than 31.50 pounds). The candidate may wear appropriate PT clothing to include shorts and T-shirt (no tank tops) and footwear (no open heel or toe).
Candidates are not allowed to run between test events. However, candidates may run, safely, within each event.
Event 1: Dry Hose Deployment
Candidate advances pre-connected 1.75-inch dry hose line for 95 feet. Each 50-foot section weighs 15 pounds, for a total of 30 pounds of dry weight. This event simulates extending a dry offensive hose line from an apparatus to a fire scene for firefighting operations.
Event 2: Charged Hose Deployment
Candidate advances pre-connected 1.75-inch charged hose line for 70 feet. This event simulates extending a charged offensive hose line to the seat of a fire for firefighting operations.
Event 3: Halyard Raise
Candidate raises and lowers the fly section of a 24-foot aluminum extension ladder with a halyard. The pull resistance of the ladder is approximately 26 pounds. This event simulates raising and lowering the fly of a 24-foot aluminum extension ladder in order to access higher floors for rescue, ventilation, and other firefighting operations.
Event 4: Roof Walk
Candidate ascends and descends a 10-foot distance walking/ crawling on the rungs of a 14-foot roof ladder while carrying a 15-pound chain saw. This event simulates walking on a roof ladder with the appropriate equipment in order to perform ventilation operations.
Event 5: Attic Crawl
Candidate crawls a distance of 20 feet across a simulated attic area while carrying a flashlight in his/her hands. This event simulates walking/crawling on joists in an attic to search for the extension of a fire.
Event 6: Roof Ventilation
Candidate stands on a pitched rooftop and strikes the roof 30 times with an 8-pound sledge hammer. This event simulates making a ventilation opening in a roof with an axe or sledge hammer in order to ventilate a fire.
Event 7: Victim Removal
Candidate carries or drags a 165 pound dummy for 20 feet. This event simulates removing an injured or unconscious victim from a hazardous area.
Event 8: Ladder Removal/Carry
Candidate removes a 14-foot aluminum roof ladder from mounted hooks, carries the ladder 57 feet around a diamond shaped course, and replaces the ladder to the mounted hooks. The weight of the ladder is 28 pounds. This event simulates removing a straight ladder from an apparatus, carrying it to the site of use, and replacing it to the apparatus.
Event 9: Crawling Search
Candidate crawls on the ground floor for a distance of 35 feet. This event simulates crawling while conducting search and rescue, hose deployment, or attic operations in a burning structure.
Event 10: Stair Climb with Hose
Candidate ascends and descends three flights of stairs with a 53-pound hose bundle. This event simulates climbing stairs with a hose bundle in order to fight fires in multiple-story buildings.
Firefighter & EMS Crew Interview
The interview board consists of a Battalion Chief, Division Chief and at-large firefighter (Lieutenant, Driver or Firefighter rank). The structured interview is approximately 30-45 minutes.