Administration

The Dodd J. Miller Training Center is located at 5000 Dolphin Road. The Training Center was completed in 1987 and contains 17,000 square feet of classrooms, an apparatus room, and offices. In addition, there is a driving course, a flashover chamber, a railroad tank car, a 7 story commercial simulator, a 3 story open drill tower, and residence simulator.
The Clothing and Supply Section is responsible for quartermaster services including firefighter personal protective ensembles, uniforms, fire station supplies, emergency medical supplies and pharmaceuticals. This section is in a 20,200 sq. ft. facility.

Recruiting

Dallas Fire-Rescue Recruiters are responsible for processing candidates for all uniformed Trainee Fire Rescue Officers (TFRO) and Trainee Fire Prevention Officers (TFPO) for employment. Our Recruiters oversee an eight-week training and mentoring program, to prepare TFRO applicants for the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). Recruiters annually process approximately 1000 TFRO, and 300 TFPO applicants. Additionally, Recruiters serve as a public face for DFR, through participation in area public schools Career Days and local Job/Career Fairs.


Candidates Attending Dolphin Road
Job Fair

Firefighter Demonstrating Hose
Pull for CPAT

Girl Scouts Attending Women's Day
at Dolphin Road Career Fire


Dallas Fire-Rescue Application
(Click Here to Apply)

Instructions: Search for Fire, then select Firefighter from the drop-down menu


Qualifications

  • Must be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age and not have reached 36 years of age on the date the Civil Service written examination is given to be eligible for Trainee Fire and Rescue Officer.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age on the date the Civil Service written examination is given for Trainee Fire Prevention and Inspection Officer (FPE&I).
  • Must have a High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Must have at least 45 semester hours of college for Fire Rescue Officer applicants and 60 hours for FPE&I applicants with a C average or better from an accredited college or university; or must have completed four years of active duty service in the Armed Forces of the US with an honorable discharge for Fire Rescue Officer and five years for FPE&I.
  • Work experience credits, non-credit courses, or courses not transferable to an accredited institution will not be accepted.
  • Technical courses, business skills courses, non-degree courses of study are not acceptable unless these are transferable to an accredited institution.
  • Must complete the Candidate Physical Ability Test satisfactorily. Applicants are not required to retake the CPAT if they have passed it within the last 12 months
  • Must pass a medical examination administered by a physician selected by the City of Dallas and be medically fit per City of Dallas Medical Guidelines for Uniformed Fire Personnel.
  • Must have honorable discharge from military service, if applicable.
  • Must possess or acquire an unrestricted Texas Motor Vehicle Operator’s License (except for corrective lenses).
  • Vision (20/40 in one eye & 20/100 in other eye correctable to 20/20 and 20/40)
  • Must have a satisfactory previous employment record, if applicable
  • Free from use of controlled substances or excessive use of alcohol

Disqualifying Factors (Not All Inclusive)

  • Must not have been convicted, plead guilty or nolo contendere, placed on probation or deferred adjudication for any felony (civilian or military).
  • Must not have committed or have been convicted of the commission of a Class “A” misdemeanor within the last five (5) years or “B” misdemeanor with the last two (2) years.
  • Must not have committed or admit to nor have been convicted of four (4) or more Class “C” misdemeanors within the last ten (10) years, or since the 17th birthday.
  • Must not have committed or have been convicted of DWI within five (5) years preceding the date of application.
  • Must not be on probation for any crime at the time of application.
  • Must not be under criminal investigation (civilian or military) during the application process for conduct which could result in the following:
    • Probation and/or deferred adjudication
    • Fine
    • Jail time
    • Prison time
  • Must not have engaged in unacceptable conduct that calls into question the applicant’s:
    • Integrity
    • Discipline
    • Commitment
    • Reliability
  • Must not falsify the application by omission or deception in the areas of:
    • Employment information
    • Academic record
    • Criminal activity; misdemeanor and felony
    • Theft from employers
    • Drug usage
    • Driving history
    • Military history
  • Must not make any false statement concerning a “material fact” in the application process. A “material fact” is any detail concerning the applicant, which, if brought to the attention of the department, would likely result in the candidate being withdrawn or rejected from the selection process.
  • Must have a satisfactory previous employment record, if applicable.
  • Driving Record
    • Must not have been convicted of three (3) or more moving traffic violations within 24 months (2 years) preceding the date of application. Violations dismissed with deferred adjudication or defensive driving shall not be regarded as moving traffic violations. Camera enforced red light violations shall not be considered as moving violations.
    • Must not have any outstanding traffic warrants or pending citations.
    • Must not currently be on probation for DWI or other traffic offenses.
    • Must not have committed or have been convicted of Failure to Stop and Render Aid (FSRA) within the last five (5) years.
    • Must not have committed or have been convicted of driving with a suspended license within the last 12 months.

    Expungements. Under Texas law expungements are not accepted on convictions, even if the sentence was probation. Expungements from another state must meet the same standards as Texas law.

Salary

$60,000.00 - Starting Pay

$63,600.00 - Starting Pay with four-year college degree

Rank Base Salary Ranges
Fire Rescue Officer $60,000.00 - $79,484.00
Driver Engineer $61,635.00 - $87,632.00
Lieutenant $64,266.00 - $95,971.00
Captain $70,414.00 - $105,118.00
Battalion/Section Chief $77,246.00 - $115,361.00

More Information on Salary/Benefits

Education Pay. Officers with a bachelor’s degree receive $300.00 a month. Officers without a college degree but with college hours above the minimum required 45 semester hours receive $12 per month for every additional 3 hours college credit up to a maximum of $240.00 per month.

Service Pay (applicable to all ranks)

Rate: $4 per month for each year completed
Maximum $100 per month for 25 years of service

Educational Incentive Pay (applicable to all ranks)
Officers with a bachelor’s degree receive $300.00 a month. Officers without a college degree but with college hours above the minimum required 45 semester hours receive $12 per month for every additional 3 hours college credit up to a maximum of $240.00 per month.

Certification & Assignment Pay: Employees may only receive two (2) certification or assignment pays at one time. Employee may select the two certification/assignment pays to be received.

EMS Assignment Pay: Paid for ambulance assignment as follows
Certification pay is included in assignment pay for regular paramedic assignments.)
Rate: $75 per month

Initial Certification - 4 Years $200 per month
4 Years & 1 Day - 6 Years $250 per month
6 Years & 1 Day - 8 Years $275 per month
8 Years & 1 Day - 11 Years $300 per month
11 Years & 1 Day - 14 Years $350 per month
14 Years & 1 Day + $400 per month

Firefighter/Fire Inspector Certification- applicable to employees of all ranks who meet certification requirements (Eligible employees may receive certification pay for either Firefighter or Fire Inspector, but not both)

Intermediate $200/month
Advanced $400/month
Master $600/month

Hazardous Material Response Team (HAZMAT): applicable only when assigned to stations designated by Fire Chief

Lieutenant and below: $150 per month
Captain and above: $350 per month

Aircraft Rescue (ARFF): applicable only when assigned to stations designated by Fire Chief

Lieutenant and below: $150 per month
Captain and above: $350 per month

Swift Water Rescue (SWR): applicable only when assigned to stations designated by Fire Chief

Lieutenant and below: $150 per month
Captain and above: $350 per month

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR): applicable only when assigned to stations designated by Fire Chief

Lieutenant and below: $150 per month
Captain and above: $350 per month

Arson Investigator: applicable only when assigned as Arson Investigator by Fire Chief;

$175 per month 

Fire Instructor: applicable only when assigned as Fire Instructor by Fire Chief;
$175 per month 

Benefits

  • Paid Academy
  • Insurance- Life, Health, Dental and Vision
  • Pension Plan plus optional 401K and 457 plans
  • Work approximately 10 days per month (shift)

Medical Benefits

Medical: The City of Dallas offers two options through Cigna. Both medical options provide coverage for the same types of expenses, such as doctor’s office visits, preventive care, prescription drugs, and hospitalization. Preventive care services are covered at 100 percent. Under both plans, you choose a network provider each time you need medical care.

Prescription Drug: If you enroll in one of the City of Dallas medical plans, you will automatically receive prescription drug coverage through CVS/Caremark

Dental: The City of Dallas offers two dental plans through MetLife -- Dental PPO and Dental HMO. Both plans offer valuable features to save you money on dental care.

Vision: The City of Dallas offers a vision plan through Davis Vision. It helps you care for your eyes while saving you money. Choose from a national network of independent, private practice doctors or select retail partners in 50 states.

Sick Leave. A sworn employee in the emergency response bureau of the fire department accrues six hours each bi-weekly pay period, to a maximum of 144 hours annually. Every other bi-weekly paid employee accrues five percent of hours paid up to 80 in each bi-weekly pay period, to a maximum of 96 hours annually.

Vacation Leave. Officers accumulate vacation leave based on their years of service. Vacation is earned each bi-weekly pay period (80 hours).

Emergency Operations
Years of Service Hrs. Per Pay Period (Max Annual Hours)
1 - 4 9.0 180 Hours
5 - 8 10.2 204 Hours
9 - 14 10.8 216 Hours
15 - 18 12.0 240 Hours
Over 1913.8 276 days
All Other Sworn Employees
Years of Service Hrs. Per Pay Period (Max Annual Hours)
1 - 4 6.0 120 Hours
5 - 8 6.8 136 Hours
9 - 14 7.2 144 Hours
15 - 18 8.0 160 Hours
Over 19 9.2 184 Hours

Holidays. A sworn employee in the emergency response bureau of the fire department will receive the equivalent of nine holidays a year in accordance with departmental regulations.

Work Schedule. Firefighters work a three shift rotation. 24 hours on followed by 48 hours off.

Uniforms. Officers are issued all uniforms and equipment. Duty footwear is not issued.

Retirement. A firefighter for the City of Dallas is a member of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System (DPFP) which is a qualified defined benefit pension plan. Members of DPFP contribute 13.5% of their compensation pay while the City of Dallas contributes 34.5% of base pay. Members are eligible to receive full pension benefits when they attain age 58. Members are vested after five years of service. Members are eligible to retire and received reduced pension benefits if at least one of the below criteria is met:

  1. Have at least five years' service and at least 53 years of age.
  2. Have at least 20 years' of service with any age.
Employee Savings Plans. The City offers a retirement savings plan 401(k), and a Deferred Compensation Plan 457(b).

Life insurance. The City of Dallas provides basic life coverage in the amount of $50,000.00 to full-time employees. Employees may elect to buy additional coverage up to 3X their annual earnings. (Subject to yearly change)

Promotions. Promotions to Driver/Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, and Battalion/Section Chief are based on competitive civil service exams. Promotions to Deputy Chief and Assistant chief are through appointment by the Fire Chief

CPAT

The Dallas Fire-Fire Rescue Department uses the Candidate Physical Agility Test as part of our application process. We offer a ten-week mentorship program to prepare applicants for the test. However, it is recognized that some individuals may be capable of passing CPAT without participation in this program. These individuals may excuse themselves from participation in the mentorship program upon the receipt by the fire department of a written and signed waiver, acknowledging that the fire department made the program available and that the candidate knowingly and voluntarily waived participation in the orientation and practice sessions.

If you do not wish to participate in the Mentorship Program, you must fill out the Waiver of Practice Form and submit it with your Personal History Packet. If you do wish to participate in the Mentorship program, you must complete the Mentorship Program Liability Waiver and submit it with your Personal History Packet. These forms can be found here:

CPAT Waiver of Practice Form
Mentorship Program Liability Waiver

There are several resources to assist you in preparing for the CPAT. You may find the Orientation Session online at: CPAT Orientation Video. In addition, you can download the Orientation Guide and Candidate Preparation Guides here:

CPAT Candidate Preparation Guide
CPAT Orientation Guide

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