Becoming A Firefighter
To be considered for employment as a CCFR firefighter/paramedic the candidate must be at least 18 years old and provide copies of the following documentation at time of application:
- Completed CCFR Application for Employment
- Current Missouri State EMT-Paramedic license
- Current certification as Missouri State Firefighter I & II
- Valid driver’s license
- Valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card
How do I receive Firefighter I & II Certification?
The State of Missouri, through the Division of Public Safety, regulates and authorizes the standardized Firefighter I & II curriculum. All Fire Districts and Fire Departments in St Charles, Lincoln and Jefferson counties will accept any State approved F.F. I & II program.
The St. Charles County Fire Academy has been approved by the State of Missouri to deliver the F.F. I & II program.
If you want to become a Firefighter in St. Louis County, Missouri you must attend the St Louis County Fire Academy. Their F.F. I & II program has been authorized by the State of Missouri. (Call them directly at 314-889-8670.)
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Are there any additional required certifications? (new as of June 2015)
CCFR firefighters respond to a variety of emergency situations, many of which are very physically demanding. Because of this, the Board of Directors decided at its June 9 meeting that all new applicants must have a CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) card. Firefighters receive this card after passing the CPAT. This is a standardized test that consists of eight critical physical tasks that simulate actual job duties on the fireground.
Although we are not currently accepting applications, we wanted to make any future applicants aware of these new requirements. All the information on how to obtain the card can be found at http://stlcofireacademy.com/PhysicalAgility.html.
How do I enroll in the St Charles County Fire Academy?
Locate the fire department that protects your home or property. Contact that department and ask about sponsorship into the fire academy. Each department has different guidelines for sponsorship.
If your property is protected by CCFR, contact the Assistant Chief of Departmental and Professional Services about sponsorship. (Call 636-970-9700, extension 402.)
What is the timeline of the application process?
The Fire Academy usually starts the first week of January. The application period begins around October 1st. Contact the Assistant Chief of Departmental and Professional Services the last week of August for the application dates and instructions on how to apply.
After you have applied, the Fire Chief will review your application and forward approved applications to the Board of Directors. The Board then will make the final determination as to whom CCFR will sponsor.
All applicants will be notified by mail as to the status of their application. The successful candidate(s) will be asked to report to the Assistant Chief of Departmental and Professional Services for further instructions.
How do I receive Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification?
Contact the St. Charles County Ambulance District about their program costs and delivery. Call 636-441-1354 or visit their website.
Respond Right EMS Academy also offers an EMT program. There may also be other classes available through other agencies.
What happens if I successfully complete the Fire Academy?
Completing the Fire Academy does not guarantee anyone a job. Once through the Fire Academy, you will then start your job search.
If you have additional questions, you may contact the Assistant Chief of Departmental and Professional Services at 636-970-9700, extension 402.