Become a Firefighter
We have planned an Entry level Firefighter exam for May 22, 2021.
For this year's test, the City is working with a vendor (Firefighterapp.com) to assist with test registration, logistics information and test follow up.
If you are interested in taking the May 22 test, visit:
City of Norwalk, CT Firefighter Jobs - Firefighter | FirefighterApp
At this time we don't have the specific details and logistics for the test day (May 22). Once we know how many applicants have registered to take the test, we will work with the testing company and FirefighterApp to determine how many seatings and sites will be needed in order to follow safe social distancing and other COVID guidelines.
More details about the test date will be sent once the recruitment period has closed on May 10!
The written exam is used for the entry process to identify a minimum level of reading, writing, and mathematical skills needed to perform as a firefighter. Interested applicants can use standard Firefighter Prep books to get started, such as:
- Firefighter Exam and Interview Prep- Amatrudo and Peltz
- Norman Hall's Firefighter Exam Prep Book
- McGraw- Hill –Firefighter Exam
- Barron's Firefighter Candidate Exam
A percentage of candidates will be invited to an oral interview. The interview process will exam an individual’s personal traits and beliefs in the areas of diversity, integrity, ethics, dependability, teamwork, judgment, decision making and oral communication. A second interview may be scheduled as part of the interview process.
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
In order to be considered for selection, firefighter applicants must pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) conducted in Meriden, CT. This test consists of a series of eight physical tasks, such as running or raising ladders, which closely approximates physical tasks routinely performed by firefighters on the job. Most tasks are timed. This is a pass/fail test based on a maximum total time of 10 minutes and 20 seconds.
Applicants are advised to prepare for the ability test for purposes of safety as well as to enhance their chance for a higher score. With adequate preparation, the average healthy, fit individual should be able to complete the test safely and satisfactorily. During testing, all procedures will be explained in detail and demonstrated if necessary.
For additional Information about the CPAT. Click Here
For additional information about becoming the process to become a firefighter, we have developed this resource guide.
Recruitment Packet 2021
A final note: Employment in the fire service is very competitive. Many times less than 1% of the applicants are hired. Do not settle for one city or fire department; explore other opportunities in the State and across the country. Take as many entry tests as possible. Continue your education; join a volunteer organization such as the cadets, an emergency medical provider or a civilian response team. These organizations will assist with building the skills necessary to become a firefighter.