September 1, 2023
Reno, NV
Job Type



Reno Fire Department is Hiring Now!

*Academy Update*
The Reno Fire Department is planning on a 2024 Spring Academy.

Completed applications must be submitted by November 15, 2023, to be considered in this upcoming round of hiring for the spring academy.

Candidates will need to have met all the requirements AND have a valid CPAT dated no more than 12 months prior to the date of application is required to apply. An updated CPAT dated no more than 12 months prior to the date of the eligible list being referred may be required if the CPAT you submitted with your application is older than that. We will reach out to you if an updated CPAT is required.

Please note: Civil Service will only place candidates who have met all requirements including verifiable EMT certification and have a valid CPAT on the eligible list.

This is the entry level position for the Fire Department with responsibility for firefighting, life saving, and other related work activities connected with the response to emergency and other incidents, fire prevention, equipment operation and maintenance, facility maintenance, work and skill readiness and other related tasks.

This is an open competitive opportunity for individuals who meet the minimum qualifications.
This is a continuous testing process that will establish an eligibility list for current and future openings. As applications are received, results will be merged into one eligible list according to final ratings, pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Civil Service Commission: Rule VI, Section 11, Continuous Examination.
Examples of Essential Functions

  • Respond to fires and other emergency or public assistance incidents in a timely, safe, and skilled manner and participate in their control through hose laying, ladder operations, ventilation, extinguishment, salvage and other activities as part of team effort.
  • Rescue person endangered by fires or other hazards and administer first aid to injured parties when assigned.
  • Conduct inspections and other fire prevention tasks including fire safety education to eliminate or reduce fire hazards and enforce fire codes.
  • Develop and maintain high levels of work knowledge and skills for various duties through training, manipulative drills and other skill maintenance programs.
  • Operate and maintain properly and safely firefighting and other related equipment and apparatus in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Keep fire station and other facilities in a clean, orderly and usable condition.
  • Assist in completing other day-to-day work such as record keeping and map maintenance.
  • Perform various public information and relations tasks, as appropriate and assigned through written and oral form.
  • Maintain an adequate level of physical fitness to perform firefighting, rescue, equipment operation, and other related tasks.

Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and meet all minimum qualifications at the time of appointment.

Completion of a high school diploma or equivalent.

License or Certificate:
Possession of a current, valid driver's license at the time of appointment.
Possession of current, valid Nevada Emergency Medical Technician certification or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician certification,
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

Note: Applicants who do not currently meet the minimum EMT certification requirements at the time of application must submit proof of enrollment in either one of the certification processes as part of their online application. Your application will be accepted but you will not be eligible to be hired for the academy until you provide a current, valid EMT certification.
Supplemental Information
The Reno Fire Department through the Civil Service Commission requires firefighter applicants to pass the National Testing Network, Inc. (NTN) examination to be eligible for hire. After you have completed the exam, you will need to apply through the City's application process to be placed on the eligible list .

If you have not already taken the NTN exam, you may sign up at , select Fire and sign up for the Reno Fire Department.

Upon completion of the entry-level exam, all candidate scores will be accessible to the City of Reno Civil Service Commission. Your final ranking on the eligible list will be determined by your most recent score from NTN.

Candidates must have submitted an application with all required documentation and have completed the NTN Fire Exam with a passing score, in order to be considered for the eligible list. Civil Service will place candidates who have met all requirements and have a valid CPAT (within 12 months of application) on the eligible list.

National Testing Network, Inc.
National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry level testing and CPAT testing in a standardized, professional environment. They do not replace the Reno Fire Department's responsibility and decision making in the testing process. Please visit for additional information about what to expect when testing with the National Testing Network.

FAQs on Firefighter Recruitment

Please wait to apply until you have met all of the necessary requirements. All documentation and certifications must be attached at the time of application.

Can the National Testing Network (NTN) fee be waived?
Yes, you will have to apply through the National Testing Network (NTN) for waiver. Please follow the link to the Fee Waiver Request Form.
Scan and email the waiver request to or start a Customer Support ticket using the "Contact Support" link at the bottom of the page with the scan attached. The process may take several weeks. Submitting a fee waiver request does not exempt candidates from meeting testing deadlines.

How do I find out my NTN score?
Please contact the City of Reno Civil Service Commission at 775.334.2223 to obtain your NTN test score. NTN does not release scores to candidates because scores may vary by agency. Your score with the City of Reno may not be indicative of your score(s) submitted to another agency.

Each time you apply, we will use your most recent test score. You may take the NTN test once every 3 months and your score will be valid for 12 months.

Does the CPAT have to be administered through NTN?
No, any testing vendor or facility that administers the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is acceptable. (We are currently referring candidates to for CPAT testing)

What is the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)?
The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is a physical test consisting of a sequence of eight separate events progressing along a predetermined path from event to event in a continuous manner. This test was developed to allow fire departments to obtain pools of trained candidates who are physically able to perform essential job tasks at fire scenes.

What is a valid CPAT?
A Candidate Physical Ability Test is considered valid if it is within 12 months of the application date. Civil Service will place you on the eligible list if your CPAT is valid, however if your CPAT is older than 12 months at the time we refer names for an upcoming academy, we will reach out to you to get an updated one before your application can be referred.

When does this recruitment close?
This recruitment is continuous, meaning we will continue to take applications and refer eligible candidates when the department is ready to hire for a new academy.

*Academy Update*
The Reno Fire Department is planning on a 2024 Spring Academy.
Completed applications must be submitted by November 15, 2023, to be considered in this round of hiring for the spring academy.

Do I submit my application after I receive my scores from National Testing Network (NTN)?
You should schedule and take your written exam through the National Testing Network (NTN). Your scores will be sent to us directly so you do not need to worry about sending them to us.
You may then apply at for the position of Firefighter. Please ensure that you check "yes" on your application that you have taken the NTN Fire exam.
At the time of application, you will need to provide proof of an EMT Certification or National Registry Certification. You may also submit proof of enrollment, to move forward in the process, but certification is required for this position.
You will also need to submit your CPAT upon application. We are unable to certify your name to the list until a valid CPAT is received.

Is the National Testing Network (NTN) fire test and the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) the same test?
No, the National Testing Network (NTN) Fire test is the written test and the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) is the physical abilities test.

What is the nearest location for the CPAT?
The nearest location for CPAT testing is in Sacramento through

I will be receiving my CPAT later this month, how do I update my application?
Please reapply once you have all of your required documentation. If you are having technical difficulties, please email your attachments to

Can I register for the National Testing Network (NTN) exam before taking my Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), or do I need to take my CPAT first?
It does not matter what part of the testing process you complete first. Both the CPAT and the NTN Fire exam must have been taken with 12 months of the application date.

Are you accepting physical tests other than the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)?
We are only accepting the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). This test can be administered through any vendor. Currently, the nearest test centers can be found through

If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability and will be requesting an accommodation, that request must be made to the Chief Examiner no later than the closing date of this announcement.

The health and well-being of our employees, our families, and the community we serve is of the utmost importance to the City. Please be aware that many roles at the City of Reno include interacting with members of the public, including close contact with vulnerable individuals. The City of Reno has implemented numerous strategies to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and other contagious diseases. Vaccination is recognized as an effective method for reducing the likelihood of infection, and limiting the severity of disease. While we have lifted the vaccination requirement for new employees, the City of Reno encourages all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes boosters recommended by the CDC.

Questions about the information on this announcement and updates to application information should be directed to the Office of the Civil Service Commission at (775) 334-2223 or .

The City of Reno is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment, hiring, assignment, training, compensation, promotion, retention, and disciplinary decisions will be made without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, political affiliation, membership in an employee association, or any other protected class status applicable under federal or state law or City Charter.

Please use this Health and Welfare Benefit Link to learn more about the City of Reno's great employee benefit plans and wellness programs.

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