The Boston Fire Department serves over 574,000 permanent residents in a 47.3 square mile area. There are over 1,600 uniformed BFD personnel operating out of 35 fire stations comprising approximately 70 companies.
The Boston Fire Department was the first paid (call) municipal fire service organization, taking place in 1678. Great careers are available in the fabled and storied Boston Fire Department.
The following information will serve as a guide in pursuing a career with the Boston Fire Department. To apply to take the next entrance examination, call the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Human Resources Division at (617) 727-3777 to request an application. Their office hours are from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Recorded information can be accessed any time at (617) 727-3777 extension 246.
The entrance examination is administrated by the State of Massachusetts. This examination is given approximately every two years at various locations throughout the State. The State charges a fee, currently $100.00, to take the written examination. The examination itself is a general aptitude test. A study guide is given to each applicant to assist in preparation for the examination.
To find out more about the next examination, visit or write to the following:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Human Resources Division
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
You can also visit the Human Resources Division website at: www.mass.gov/civilservice
Deadline for applications:
EMT's & PARAMEDICSBOSTON PUBLIC HEALTH COMMISSION
Boston Emergency Medical Services (BEMS), a Department of the Boston Public Health Commission, is one of the nation's oldest providers of pre-hospital care. It traces its beginnings back more than 100 years, when the Department was known as the City Hospital Ambulance Service.
While the changes in medical care over the past century have been monumental, the fundamental mission of the men and women who work for Boston EMS has not changed. Its 300 emergency medical technicians and paramedics work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on the streets of Boston providing state-of-the-art emergency care with skill, compassion and dignity to those who are ill or who have been injured.
In addition to providing emergency care, Boston EMS has a dual responsibility to serve the Commission's public health goals by identifying the underlying causes of much of the emergencies we see and preventing these crisis situations through education and other forms of outreach.
The Boston Public Health Commission Human Resources Page lists when there are vacancies within Boston EMS. All applicants to Boston EMS must fill out a Boston Public Health Commission application in addition to submitting a resume and letter of application.
NOTE: Paramedics are promoted from within the department only.
Many of our EMTs are Paramedics but work for us as EMTs.
Deadline for applications: