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550 SE 8th St
Evansville, IN 47713
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Do you have what it takes to be a Firefighter? We think you do!

NO EXPERENCE NECESSARY….WE WILL TEACH YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW. So, don't miss our next Application Period** and the chance to be a part of an incredible career opportunity.

Online Applications will be accepted **March 1 - April 30,  2021**                    Come back then to apply for our process

This year's written exam will have an optional tutoring session on June 5th. The actual exam will be held on June 12, 2021.

More information will be given March 1st when the online application link is activated.

Salary & Benefits (2021)

  • 1st Year Probationary Salary, $54,143
  • Health, Vision, Dental and Life Insurance
  • State Pension Plan and Deferred Compensation Retirement Plans
  • Advancement opportunities

Evansville Fire Department Applicant Requirements

Applications are accepted every two years on the odd year (i.e. 2019, 2021). At the completion of the testing process, the applicants are ranked from highest to lowest and this list is in effect for two years.

NOTE: Recent changes to Indiana Code (IC 36-8-4-2 Residence requirements) now allows employed firefighters to live with 50 miles of the city limits. This includes Kentucky & Illinois. An applicant can live anywhere to apply, but once employed they must follow the above requirement.


  • U.S. Citizen
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • 21 to 36 years of age (Must be 21 when the eligibility is certified in December or employed by EFD before 36th birthday)
  • Valid driver license
  • Have never been convicted of a felony
  • Good moral character
  • No visible tattoos while in uniform during public activities.
  • Discharge from military not categorized as “Other Than Honorable”, “Bad Conduct” or “Dishonorable”. (if applicable)
  • Comply with all statutory requirements
  • Meet any requirements established by the Merit Commission for appointment to the Department

The examination process shall consist of the following components:

  1. A written test or tests.
  2. CPAT - Candidate Physical Ability Test
  3. Oral interview
  4.  75' Ladder Climb after eligibility list is certified and after an offer for employment is accepted by the applicant. (Testing for the fear of heights - acrophobia) 

Such relevant assessment methods as may be adopted by the Fire Merit Commission that are consistent with professional standards and legal guidelines.

Candidate Physical Ability Test Videos

CPAT Prep Guide

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Thank you for your interest in the Evansville Fire Department


Mike Larson 

Division Chief / Merit Commission Liaison Officer