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Evansville, IN 47713
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Our 2021 Application Process is CLOSED.

The next opportunity will be March of 2023.

Below is the link to the test scores for all applicants who completed the written exam on June 12, 2021.

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For those who have completed an application to test, and are in the top 100 scores of the written exam, below is the schedule for the Candidate Physical Ability Test. (The top 100 scores should receive an email on or before 6/25/2021 with specific details about their CPAT process) CPAT Testing will be at EFD Administration Building, 550 SE 8th St., Evansville, IN 47713

Time and date for the CPAT orientation for the top 100 who took the exam is:  

 Applicant Last Name A-E              Saturday, August 14th, 2021 at 8:00 am   Applicant Last Name F-J               Saturday, August 14th, 2021 at 9:30 am

 Applicant Last Name K-Q             Sunday, August 15th, 2021 at 8:00 am     Applicant Last Name R-Z              Sunday August 15th, 2021 at 9:30 am

 The CPAT Practice dates are: 

  September 18th, 2021

                                Applicant Last Name G & H   8:00 am – 9:30 am

                                Applicant Last Name T – Z     9:30 am – 10:30 am

                                Applicant Last Name M – P   11:00 am – 12:00 pm

                                Applicant Last Name C - F      12:00 am – 1:00 pm

                                Applicant Last Name A & B    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

                                Applicant Last Name I – L       2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

                                Applicant Last Name R & S     3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

  October 2nd, 2021

                SAME SCHEDULE AS ABOVE


The CPAT Test date is October 9th, 2021 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm)



Testing location:             

                Evansville Fire Department Administration Building                                                        550 SE 8th St.                                                                                                                                  Evansville, IN 47713

 The dress is comfortable workout clothes with long pants and closed toe shoes.

As before, you will need your applicant number and valid driver license to be admitted to all EFD testing.

An email has be sent to the top 100 who pass the written exam with a date & time for orientation, as well as further instructions. We do not accept CPAT Cards from other departmentsLook towards the bottom of this page for helpful video links about the CPAT.

**Note - If on a practice day an applicant successfully completes the test, they do not need to return for the "Test Day"**

CPAT - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the reason for waiting 8 weeks after Orientation for the final test?
The 8 week waiting period is set by the International Association of Firefighters. The association feels the 8 week period is a sufficient amount of time for anyone to prepare themselves properly to pass the physical ability test.

Can I practice after I have attended Orientation and before I test?
Yes, you may practice on any of your scheduled Practice dates.

Can I take the CPAT test the same day that I attend Orientation?
No, you will have 3 opportunities to test. 2 practice days and the final test day.

What happens if I fail the test?
You may re-test as many times as you would like until the final test date.

How should I dress for Orientation?
You must wear long pants (Short pants are not allowed). You must wear closed toe shoes such as tennis shoes (No open toed shoes are allowed).

How should I dress for the CPAT Test?
You must wear long pants (Short pants are not allowed). You must wear closed toe shoes such as tennis shoes (No open toed shoes are allowed).

How long will I be there for the CPAT test and should I bring anything with me?
You will be given an appointment time to practice and test. Appointments are scheduled in one to one-and-a-half-hour time increments. Due to the uncertainty of how many applicants will actually show up, we can’t specifically say how long it will take. Please dress comfortably for the test and bring your identification with you.


To assist those who successfully pass the CPAT currently in the 2021 process. Our interviews will be scheduled for 2 weekends in November. The 6th & 7th and 13th & 14th. As soon as our CPAT is completed, an interview schedule will be posted.

Evansville Fire Department Applicant Requirements

Applications to test for our eligibility list are accepted every two years on the odd year (i.e. 2021, 2023). At the completion of the testing process, applicants are ranked from highest to lowest and this list is in effect for two years. (2022 - 2023) As vacancies occur we offer jobs from the list.

NOTE: Recent changes to Indiana Code (IC 36-8-4-2 Residence requirements (06-2021) now allows employed firefighters to live outside of the city limits. This includes Kentucky & Illinois.


  • U.S. Citizen
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • 21 to 36 years of age (Must be 21 when the eligibility goes into effect on January 1, 2022 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.

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

Candidate Physical Ability Test Videos

CPAT Prep Guide

email questions to:

Thank you for your interest in the Evansville Fire Department


Mike Larson 

Division Chief / Merit Commission Liaison Officer