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To be eligible for employment as a firefighter in the State of Florida, you must be Florida State certified. Many departments also require Florida State EMT certification. If you are not certified, there are several institutions that offer Firefighter training and Emergency Medical Training. Day, evening and weekend classes available at some locations. Firefighters today do much more than fight fire. Most are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) or Paramedics and many are involved with special units that handle technical rescue and hazardous materials.

Eligibility:  If you're just beginning to think about a career in firefighting you probably have lots of questions about the profession. We hope the information on this page will answer those questions. We'll also provide links to other sites that may be helpful. If you're already a firefighter and are looking to join the Pinellas Park Fire Department, you'll find information about our hiring policies and the application process.

For Emergency Medical and Paramedic training contact one of the following:

If you are certified in either Fire or EMS from another State, you may challenge the State exams. There is no simple matriculation.

Application Process:  To apply with the City of Pinellas Park Fire Department, you must have the following:Florida Firefighter Certification Florida EMT or Paramedic Certification (Paramedics must also be ACLS certified) CPR Certified (Health Provider) High School Diploma or equivalent

Applicants who are offered a Firefighter position with the Pinellas Park Fire Department will be required undergo the following:

  • Psychological profile
  • Driving records check
  • Physical examination, including drug screening
  • Background check

 Pay & Benefits

  • Competitive pay package including incentives for skills (EMT, Paramedic), education and certain duty assignments.
  • Health and Dental Insurance available at group rates for employees and dependents.
  • Group life insurance provided up to $50,000 maximum.
  • Supplemental and dependent life coverage available for purchase. Short term and long term disability coverage available for purchase.
  • All benefits take effect on the first day of the month following 60 days of continuous employment.
  • Firefighters participate fully in the City's retirement program that includes:
  • Annual CONA Deferred retirement option Normal retirement at age 55 or 25 years of service Eligibility for deferred compensation program

To find out more about job openings, benefits and application procedures with the City of Pinellas Park, visit our Human Resources section. For current openings you can call the City Jobline at (727) 369-0703.