|Register for the Firefighter Exam
This article deals with the upcoming 2006 Firefighter Municipal Service Examination. If you have ever considered becoming a Firefighter, please read this article carefully.
The written portion of the Examination will take place on Saturday, June 10 – just over ten weeks from now – but you must submit an application in advance. There is a $75 fee, payable by money order or credit card. A fee waiver can be requested, if you qualify.
The deadline for filing your application is MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2006. If you file after that date, you will be charged an additional $25 processing fee. The final application date is MONDAY, MAY 15, 2006. No application for the June 10 exam will be accepted after May 15.
To assist you in deciding whether to apply, the Boston Fire Department is going to hold an Informational Session on TUESDAY EVENING, APRIL 11, 2006, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Informational Session will be at Florian Hall, 55 Hallett Street, Dorchester, which is just off Gallivan Boulevard. For “T” riders, Florian Hall is about a 20-minute walk from Ashmont Station via the Radford Street exit.
Topics to be covered at the April 11 Informational Session include: Deadline dates, exam procedures, residency requirements, waiver information, and the physical aptitude test (PAT). A number of firefighting personnel will be at Florian Hall to answer your questions, including Acting Fire Commissioner Kevin MacCurtin. The Informational Session is free and open to anyone who is interested.
You may also get all of the necessary information and application forms by stopping in at or writing to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Human Resources Division, at One Ashburton Place, Boston 02108 (MON-FRI, 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.). You can phone (617)878-9895 as well. In many cases, local city halls and fire stations will stock applications. And you can apply online at www.mass.gov/civilservice
There are many sources of information regarding the exam. As of April 1, you can download a practice exam, as well as finding information on the PAT and how to get in shape for it. Patty Donovan is a member of BFD Engine #3 in the South End. She is currently working as a BFD recruitment team member at (617)343-3024 or Recruit.firstname.lastname@example.org. In a recent interview, she said, “If you don’t know the answer, call us – we’ll find it for you.”
To apply, you must be at least 19 years old by May 15, 2006, and 32 or less by that same date. There are exemptions to the age range, such as for military service. Be sure to check these out before applying. Also, you must be a non-smoker and you will be required to pass both medical and physical fitness (the PAT) exams.
You will be ranked by test score, with some preference going to veterans and sons and daughters of firefighters who died in the line of duty. Actual hiring for the next firefighters class in Boston will occur around November 1. The BFD numbers 1,400. In recent years, at least 75 openings have occurred annually.
Firefighting is certainly not easy, but it is a challenging and rewarding career. If you have the courage and dedication needed to be a firefighter, please consider applying.