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The Carmel Fire Department is not accepting applications for the position of Firefighter at this time.
Please check our page again in the fall of 2018 and fill out a Job Interest Card to be notified via email about future opportunities.

Click here to go to our "Job Interest Card – City of Carmel, Indiana Human Resources"


Basic Requirements
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Physical Agility Testing

All Carmel Firefighter Applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

The Carmel Fire Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Department is interested in good citizens who are seeking a career in the fire service. From time to time the City will have openings for firefighters. The active pool of applicants will include all individuals who have submitted an application prior to the posted deadline and who meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

The purpose of this position is to perform fire suppression and emergency medical response duties as a member of a fire and rescue team. All applicants must pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). The applicant must maintain a current CPAT certification card at all times while on the department testing and eligibility list. A copy of the certification must be submitted electronically as an attachment to the application for firefighter.

Please visit for information on CPAT testing in Indiana.
Fax 317-248-7931

Written Aptitude Test Procedures
All qualified applicants will be sent a letter (at the email address listed on the application) advising them of a written examination session. The letter will indicate the date, location, and time of the exam. It will also include a brief explanation of the exam’s content and procedure.

All applicants desiring to participate in the examination will be required to pay a non-refundable fee of thirty five dollars ($35), which is a portion of the exam fee. The Carmel Fire Department will pay the remainder of the fee. Individuals who have a personal hardship and cannot afford the test fee may make alternative arrangements prior to the time of testing. Failure to appear or arrive on time for scheduled tests and/or appointments will result in disqualification from the hiring process.

A description of the written aptitude test procedures is presented below.

Testing will take half of the day. The study session will begin immediately after the completion of the registration period. The instructions for the study session will be read aloud by a test monitor. During the study session, each applicant will be given two (2) hours to study a variety of printed materials. These materials will include printed text, line drawings, written instructions, and pictures. These study materials are the basis for the aptitude test, which will be administered during the exam session.

Applicants are allowed to make written notes about the study materials. However, these notes must be written on paper, which will be provided by the test monitor. Also, each applicant must turn in his/her notes to the test monitor at the conclusion of the study session.

During the study session, you may take as many breaks as you would like. Please note, however, that these breaks will shorten the amount of time that you will have for studying.

You may leave early from the study session. However, once you decide to leave from the study session you must turn in your materials and you will not be allowed back until the registration period for the test.

Applicants will be given a ½ hour lunch break. Lunch will not be provided during this break.

The exam session will begin with the re-registration of each applicant. Instructions for the test will be read aloud by the test monitor. The test will require that applicants read printed materials and record their answers on an optically scanned computer sheet. You will have two (2) hours to complete the written examination.

All questions on the examination will be drawn directly from materials provided during the study session. You must learn the study materials presented during the study session to do well on the examination. Note this important instruction: You will not be allowed to take the exam if you did not attend and register for the study session.

Structured Interview and Background Investigation
Applicants who meet the required criteria on the written exam will then be scheduled for a structured interview. After the interview phase, the written exam and interview scores will be averaged together and the applicant’s name will be placed on an eligibility list in the order of the applicant’s score averages. Upon completion of the entry level testing process, selected applicants will be required to complete an in-depth personal history packet.

The data provided in this packet will be used to conduct the background investigation phase of the hiring process. All applicants must give truthful answers to all questions. Any misrepresentation or omission of facts will disqualify the applicant from further consideration. During the investigative process applicants will be required to take a polygraph examination or Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA). Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, criminal activity (including illegal drug use and theft), employment and driving history.

Current Salary and Benefits
Details can be found on the Carmel Fire Department Salary and Benefits page



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