Montana Firefighter Testing ConsortiumMultiple Departments

The consortium usually tests once a year, in early summer.  Applications to participate are usually accepted up until mid or late February, and a cut-off date is clearly posted.

The Consortium does not accept late applications or have a “waiting list.” 

At least 10 weeks before the test, candidates will be e-mailed, or mailed, additional information regarding the testing process. 

Participating in the process are these Montana Fire Departments: 

City of Big Sky
City of Billings 
City of Bozeman 
City of Butte 
City of Great Falls 
City of Helena 
Lockwood Rural Fire District 
City of Miles City 
City of Missoula 
Missoula Rural Fire District 


Each of the participating Fire Departments requires the candidates to have a valid driver’s license, a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent certification, and to be at least 18 years of age to apply. All the cities are subject to Montana Codes Annotated, Section 7-33-4107, which mandates a maximum age requirement of not more than 34 years of age at the time of original appointment 


Qualifications and pay scales vary greatly from department to department. Salary and benefit information will be included in the pre-test packets when available. 


The process consists of two parts: a written and a physical ability test. Successful completion of the written portion is required before the candidate moves on to the physical ability portion of the testing process. Successful completion of the testing process is not an offer of employment. 

The Montana Firefighter Testing Consortium makes reasonable accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to participate in the recruitment and selection process or an employee’s ability to perform the essential functions of the position. For the Montana Firefighter Testing Consortium to consider any such accommodation, the applicant must make known any needed accommodation at the time they submit their “Application to Test” form. 

The Montana Firefighter Testing Consortium does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, political ideas or disability in employment or in the provision of services. This policy does not preclude discrimination based on bona fide occupational qualifications or other recognized exceptions under the law. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

You may contact the Montana Fire Testing Consortium at:

Sheri Hall
City of Helena

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