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Huntington Fire Department Recruitment

The Huntington Fire Department works safely and diligently to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Huntington from fire and other hazards. It utilizes available resources to deliver the highest possible quality of service through fire suppression, fire prevention, public education, rescue services and mitigation of the effects of natural and manmade disasters. We challenge you to pursue a rewarding career with our department and become part of the solution in Huntington.


Salary & Benefits

Starting salary: $35,975 (increases to $40,749 after the fifth year)


  • Paid overtime
  • Longevity pay
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Sick leave
  • Hospitalization
  • Life insurance
  • Vision & prescription benefits
  • Pension system
  • Eligibility to join International Association of Firefighters Local 289 after one year of service
  • Job security under state Civil Service laws
  • Opportunity to earn an associate's degree through Mountwest Community and Technical College
  • Equal opportunity employer

Civil Service Requirements

  • CITIZENSHIP: Must be a U.S. citizen
  • AGE: Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35 (cannot have reached 36th birthday before time of application)
  • EDUCATION: High School diploma or GED equivalent


The Huntington Fire Department utilizes the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) for its physical requirements. Click here for more information about the CPAT.


Must successfully complete a written examination and the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT)


Applications are available in the City Clerk's Office (Room 16 of City Hall, 800 5th Ave.) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 


The application period ends at 4:30 p.m. on August 23, 2019.

Testing Process

Written examination:

Administered by the Huntington Fire Civil Service Commission at 5 p.m. on September 3, 2019, at the Tri-State Fire Academy, located at 4200 Ohio River Road.

Physical Abilities Test:

The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) consists of eight critical physical tasks that simulate the actual job duties on a fireground. This test is physically demanding and requires that you be physically fit to be successful. The CPAT is administered by the Huntington Fire Civil Service Commission and will be held November 4-6, 2019, at Centennial Fire Station, located at 839 7th Ave., in Huntington.

From these two tests, a hiring list will be compiled based on the written scores. This list will be utilized to hire as needed for up to 3 years. Once you are contacted that you are being considered for original appointment to the City of Huntington Fire Department, you will be given the following test:

Background Examination: Thorough review of work records, academic achievements, criminal record, references, etc.
Psychological Testing: Psychological examinations deemed necessary by the Huntington Fire Civil Service Commission
Medical Physical: Thorough physical examination by physicians.

Contact: Lt. Clifford Hankins, 304-751-6299