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South Bend Fire Department
Recruit and Lateral Firefighter Applications
Open: January 15, 2024 - 8:00 am
Close: February 29, 2024 - 11:59 pm
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Ready to fulfill your dreams of becoming a firefighter?  We're looking for like minded individuals who identify with our ideals and can carry out our mission statement in each and every interaction with citizens of our great community. 

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Minimum Requirements


  • At time of application candidate must be 18 years of age. 

  • At time of appointment candidate must be a minimum of 21 years of age and have not reached the age of 40. 

  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED). 

  • Possess and maintain a valid driver's license with acceptable driving record. 

  • Must complete all components of the application and assessment phase (Online Exam, Online Interview, Aerial Climb, Candidate Physical Abilities Test)

  • Complete comprehensive pre-employment background and character check, Criminal History Review, medical evaluations, Drug Screens, psychological evaluation in accordance with the INPRS policy


In addition to the requirements listed for Recruit Firefighter, Lateral Applicants must: 

  • Minimum of 2 years of career firefighting experience in a municipal fire department.

  • Valid Driver's License

  • Shall be a member of the Indiana Pension 77 Fund or be eligible for entry into the Indiana Pension 77 Fund.

  • Indiana or IFSAC Firefighter II Certification

  • Indiana or NREMT-Basic Certification

  • Indiana or IFSAC Hazardous Materials Operations Certification.

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3 Step Process

Step 1: Apply with South Bend
Fire Department by:

February 29, 2024 - 11:59 pm

Step 2: Complete Testing and Video Interview with Public Safety Answers by:
March 7, 2024 - 11:59 pm

Step 3: Register to attend Fire Interview Seminar hosted by South Bend Fire Department
(Highly Recommended)
March 9, 2024 - 9:00am

Applicant Resources

Are you prepared to put your best foot forward?  Check out some of the helpful resources available to applicants.

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