Come join a diverse team of professional firefighters . . .

The purpose of this information is to aid each firefighter applicant in preparing successfully for the challenging screening procedures employed by the Cape Girardeau Fire Department in testing for the position of firefighter. We believe that adequate knowledge and prior familiarization with the test items will greatly increase the probability of passing these tests. However, merely following the guidelines will not guarantee success. There are individuals who, for a variety of reasons, may not be capable of the demands of firefighting. Nevertheless, if you intend to apply, either here or elsewhere, we urge you to prepare as well as possible and wish you good luck!

Steps for Applying
There are four steps to becoming a Cape Girardeau firefighter:

Step 1:
Fill out a City of Cape Girardeau job application (online or PDF)

Step 2:
Sit for an entry-level written exam with the National Testing Network. To schedule an exam, go to the National Testing Network's website and select Cape Girardeau Fire Department. 

NOTICE: All applicants for the August hiring process must have their NTN test completed no later than 5 p.m. (CST) on July 18, 2020. 

Step 3:
Complete a Physical Abilities Test offered at the Cape Girardeau Fire Department. Watch this website and the Cape Girardeau Fire Department Facebook Page for dates. 

Step 4:
Complete a battery of oral interviews with a cross section of the Department. 

Hiring Requirements
To be considered for employment the following criteria must be meet:
  • Complete all four of the previous steps
  • Have graduated from high school or achieved a GED certification
  • Posses a valid motor vehicle operator license
  • Possess Firefighter I and Firefighter II certifications
  • Possess a Missouri Emergency Medical Technician License or have the ability to gain an Missouri EMT license via reciprocity. EMT students are allowed to test but are not eligible for hiring until this requirement is met.