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Posted on: July 27, 2021


MFRD Job Vacancy



The application period for Firefighter will remain open yearly.  Applications will be assessed quarterly to establish an eligible candidate pool.  Once applications are vetted, approved applicants will receive an invite to test.  A third party vendor will proctor the test and provide The City of Murfreesboro with a cut score.  If you are successful in the testing round, you will be invited to interview with a seven (7) member panel comprised of operational and support staff from Murfreesboro Fire Rescue.  The interview panel will determine applicant ranking.  An applicants ranking is subject to change at each quarter.

  • Applicants may only test once in a calendar year if they successfully passed the test on the first (1st) try.
  • Applicants who fail the written test can make a second (2nd) attempt after six (6) months have passed.
  • If possible, please upload the following licenses/certifications with your application:
    - Recruit training certificate, Firefighter 1 certification, Medical licensure 
The position of Firefighter requires an individual to deal with all types of fire, rescue, EMS and hazardous material situations.


Essential Functions:

  • Prepares for emergencies by conducting pre-incident planning, life safety inspections, equipment testing, and ensuring the daily operational readiness of all fire and rescue equipment.
  • Responds to all emergencies/non-emergency calls including fires, vehicle accidents/extrication, medical emergencies, aircraft, trains, natural disasters, hazardous materials, special operations rescues, public assistance, etc.
  • Trains for a variety of emergency and non-emergency situations.
  • Educates and informs the public on fire safety, fire department operations and general public assistance.
  • Facilitates the upkeep of fire stations including general cleaning, painting, pressure washing, waxing, mowing/weeding, beautification, changing light bulbs, etc.
  • Completes EMS and fire reports, purchase order requests, maintenance order requests, statistical data entry, and evaluation of property loss.
  • Audits fire and medical reports for Fire Department administration.
  • Participate in fire pre-planning of businesses and public buildings.
  • Check facilities for hazards to life and safety.
  • Acts as Engineer/Driver in an Engineer/Driver's absence.
  • Assists with the Fire Prevention Program.
  • Gathers, organizes, analyzes, examines or evaluates data or information and may prescribe action based on these data or information.
  • Provides information, guidance or assistance to people that directly facilitates task accomplishment; may give instructions or assignments to helpers or assistants.
  • Speaks informally to groups of co-workers, staff in other organizational agencies, general public, and people in other organizations and presents training; composes original reports, training and other written materials, using proper language, punctuation, grammar and style.
  • Responsible for guiding others, requiring frequent decisions, affecting the individual, co-workers and citizens who depend on the service; works in a somewhat fluid environment with rules and procedures, but many variations from the routine.
  • Performs work involving rules/systems with almost constant problem solving; requires normal attention of concentration for accurate results and occasional exposure to unusual pressure.
  • Performs other work as assigned. 
Physical Demands: 
  • Frequently required to sit and talk, hear, and walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
  • Occasionally required to climb heights more than 100 feet; balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl on uneven surfaces and in confined spaces; and taste or smell.
  • Must regularly lift and/or move up to 75 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 175 pounds or larger with assistance.
  • In most cases, all physical demands will be encountered while wearing an additional 50 pounds of structural firefighting gear and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
  • Requires visual minimum of 20/100 each eye uncorrected and 20/30 each eye corrected and the abilities to distinguish colors.
  • Leads or handles machines, tools, equipment or work aids involving moderate latitude for judgment regarding attainment of a standard or in selecting appropriate items.
  • Involves routine and frequent exposure to toxic/caustic chemicals; explosives; violence.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Requires High School diploma or GED equivalent. 
  • Uses addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and/or calculates ratios, rates and percentages.
Special Certifications and Licenses:
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Must pass a physical examination, including medical history, by a licensed physician upon offer of employment.
  • Must have completed the Recruit Firefighter course with State Fire Academy or a course that meets Firefighter I and II from the Tennessee State Commission of Firefighters.
  • Must be certified by the State of Tennessee as Firefighter I or must meet requirements for Tennessee State Commission for Firefighters reciprocity as Firefighter I.
  • Must be certified by the State of Tennessee as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) prior to being employed as Firefighter; preference will be given to applicants who are already either: (a) licensed by the State of Tennessee as an EMT, AEMT or Paramedic; or (b) licensed as an EMT, AEMT or Paramedic in another jurisdiction and have applied to the Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Health Licensure and Regulation for licensure in Tennessee.
  • Must become licensed by the State of Tennessee as an AEMT or Paramedic within three (3) years of being hired as or promoted to Firefighter.
  • Attain Firefighter II Certification within one (1) year of being hired as a Firefighter I.
  • Must successfully complete Smoke Diver I course with the State Fire Academy within the first twenty-four (24) months of employment. Failure to successfully complete Smoke Diver course within the first twenty-four (24) months of employment as a Firefighter shall result in termination; time classified as Fire Trainee is not considered time as Firefighter.
  • Required to maintain all emergency services related licenses and certifications obtained prior to or during the employment with the Fire Rescue Department for the entire duration of employment.
The City of Murfreesboro is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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