The Northwest Fire District is seeking individuals for our next Firefighter Recruit Academy Class. No experience is necessary. As you apply, please be aware that this is an online-only process.

The 22-week Academy has a tentative start date of October 1, 2024. The Academy is a 40-hour schedule with an annual salary of $53,340.00. After graduation, Firefighter Recruits are promoted to the rank of Firefighter and work a 56-hour shift schedule with an annual salary of $53,340.00.

  • Upon successful completion of the Firefighter Academy, those individuals who hold a current and valid ADHS Paramedic Certification will receive a stipend of $1.34 per hour.

If you have questions about your eligibility or the recruitment process, please refer to our FAQ section.



The fundamental reason this classification exists is to attend the Northwest Fire District Academy to learn general duty firefighter work. Recruits are sent to the Fire Academy for training in firefighting methods, emergency medical services, all hazards incident mitigation, public relations, physical fitness, and associated topics to prepare for appointment as a Firefighter. The Recruit must demonstrate continuous effort to improve performance and work cooperatively and jointly as a member of a team to provide quality seamless customer service. The Recruit is also required to comply with the rules, policies, and procedures as set forth by the District and perform other related duties as assigned. After successful completion of the Fire Academy, employees may be promoted to the position of FIREFIGHTER.


    • Attend Northwest Fire District Recruit Training Academy to review firefighting skills and related rescue techniques, emergency medical techniques, fire codes, fire apparatus and equipment use, fire prevention and investigation methods, salvage and overhaul operations through classroom training, drills, and observation.
    • Classroom instruction relative to Firefighter requirements, such as Firefighter I and II.
    • Learn how to:
      • Lay and connect hose;
      • Hold nozzles and direct water streams;
      • Raise and climb ladders;
      • Use firefighting equipment;
      • Perform salvage and overhaul operations;
      • Administer emergency medical treatment to injured persons;
      • Perform maintenance work in the upkeep of Fire District property;
      • Fundamentals of Fire Prevention and Public Education.
    • Learn the mission, vision, and core values of Northwest Fire District’s concept of customer service.
      • Responsibilities may occasionally require an adjusted work schedule to meet organizational needs, which may include evenings, weekends, and holidays.
    • Comply with the rules, policies, and procedures as set forth by the District and perform other duties as assigned.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma, GED, or higher degree
  • Valid Driver’s License with an Arizona Driver’s License by the start of the Academy

*A minimum of a high school diploma, GED equivalency, or higher is required for all positions at Northwest Fire District.


Driving Position:
This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record for the pre-employment background check process.

Based on Arizona State Law, upon the date of hire and throughout the period of employment, the employee must present and possess a valid Arizona Driver’s License and maintain an acceptable driving record, see Obtaining a Driver’s License.


Please be aware that the following documentation will be required for upload as part of the application process.

Educational documentation:

A minimum of a high diploma, GED equivalency, or higher is required for all positions at Northwest Fire District. Please be prepared to upload your diploma or transcripts. Applications without this documentation will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted through April 28, 2024. Applicants will be notified either during the application period or immediately after the closing date as to whether they are among the most qualified applicants selected to move forward in the process. If you are selected to move forward, you will be informed of the next steps in the selection process.

If you move forward in the selection process, you will be notified by Human Resource Services. You will be notified of your status by email. We recommend adding to your contacts to ensure that application-related emails are not sent to your junk folder.

The selection process consists of the following processes: Online assessment, one-way video interview, Candidate Physical ABILITY Test (CPAT), credibility assessment, and in-person panel interview. You can read more about the selection process here.

You will be contacted by email after each process to inform you of your status in the selection process.

Candidates who receive a contingent job offer will be required to pass the following: psychological testing to include an interview with a psychologist, drug testing, background checks, driver’s license check, employment reference check/public record request, and pre-employment physical.

Please note that the Ride-Along program will be paused during the application process dates. It will resume on May 1st, but any applicants actively in the selection process will not be able to do a ride-along; only non-applicants will be able to do so.

As a federal grant recipient, the Northwest Fire District must maintain a
Drug-Free Workplace

Applicant Required Notices

Questions? Please email

Firefighter Recruitment and Selection Process Timeline

We have compiled a tentative timeline for our recruitment and selection process for your reference. Details on each process are outlined in more detail below.

The District reserves the right to revise or eliminate any of these processes. Candidates will be notified in advance of any schedule changes and given the opportunity to withdraw. If an accommodation is needed, the candidate must inform Human Resource Services in advance by email at so the District has sufficient notice to try and accommodate the candidate.

Applications Accepted: March 11 – April 28
Online Assessment: March 11 – May 10

One-Way Video Interview:

March 11 – May 10

CPAT Orientation:

May 11, May 12
CPAT Practice: May 18, May 19, June 8, June 9, June 15, June 16

CPAT Official Test: 

July 7

Credibility Assessment:

July 8 – 12, July 15-19

In-Person Panel Interview:

July 29 – August 2, August 5 – 9

Pre-Employment Process:

August 12 – September 13

Firefighter Recruit Academy:

October 1


Online Assessment
The online assessment will test your cognitive ability, motivation, and personality as it relates to being a firefighter. You will receive email notification with instructions and a link to the assessment.

One-Way Video Interview
We use a one-way video interview platform for your first interview where you will record your response to a series of questions. You will receive email notification with instructions and a link to begin the interview process.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
The Northwest Fire District utilizes the fire service CPAT test as part of the recruitment selection process for our academies. The test is used throughout the country and is a pass/fail test. The District will not accept CPAT cards from other agencies or companies. Candidates are required to participate in the District’s CPAT process and pass the District’s CPAT test to move forward in the selection process. CPAT certificates issued by Northwest Fire District (NWFD) can be accepted in lieu of the official CPAT if it was issued within the last six (6) months.

The District will offer CPAT orientations, practice sessions, and an official test as part of the recruitment process. The CPAT process does allow candidates to opt out of the orientation and practice sessions by signing a waiver. However, if you are new to the CPAT, we highly recommend attending the orientation and practice sessions. At NWFD, the CPAT is administered by the District’s Peer Fitness Team. This group of firefighters has special training designed to help firefighters successfully perform the functions of their position. They are a great asset in helping individuals through the CPAT process.

CPAT Reference Materials:

CPAT Orientation Guide
CPAT Preparation Guide

Credibility Assessment
The Credibility Assessment measures the level of truthfulness through the pupils of the eyes, and it is called “Eye Detect.”  The District contracts with a consultant to administer this assessment.  The questions that are asked of the candidate refer to truthfulness regarding the employment application information, use of illegal drugs within in the last five (5) years, marijuana within the past (12) months, and criminal history.

In-Person Panel Interview
If you are selected for an in-person panel interview, you will receive an email notification to schedule an interview. Please plan on being with us for up to 1 (one) hour.








Medical, Dental and Vision Plans
Retirement Plan
Holiday Pay
Life and ADD Coverage

Paid Time Off
Promotional Opportunities
Voluntary Deferred Compensation Plan

Tuition Reimbursement
Uniform Allowance
Short Term Disability
EAP Program

Frequently Asked Questions

In the FAQ section below, you will find answers to some of the most common questions we receive about our recruitment process. We continually update this section, so check back often.

When can I submit an application for a firefighter recruit position?

We will accept applications from March 11, 2024 to April 28, 2024.

What is the minimum age requirement to apply for a firefighter position?

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time they submit their application.

If I live outside of Arizona, can I still apply for the position of firefighter recruit?


What documents do I need to submit with my online application?

You will be required to upload educational documentation as part of the online application. We accept copies of diplomas, GED equivalency documentation, or high school or college transcripts with graduation date.

Do Veterans receive any preference points?

Yes. Preference Points for Veterans are granted to applicants who apply for an entry level (i.e., Firefighter) position and earn a passing score at the end of the testing process.

I am unable to provide a copy of my diploma/degree. What can I provide in its place?

You may submit a copy of your high school or college transcripts indicating that you have graduated with your online application.

I don't currently have an Arizona driver's license. Can I still apply?

Yes. We require a valid driver’s license at the time of application – Valid: means that an individual’s current driver’s license is not revoked, suspended, expired, refused, cancelled, or restricted.

While all valid driver’s licenses are accepted to apply, you must obtain an Arizona driver’s license by the start of the Academy.

Will I be paid during the Fire Academy?

The 22-week Academy has a tentative start date of October 1, 2024. The Academy is a 40-hour schedule with an annual salary of $53,340.00. After graduation, Firefighter Recruits are promoted to the rank of Firefighter and work a 56-hour shift schedule with an annual salary of $53,340.00 plus overtime.

  • Upon successful completion of the Firefighter Academy, those individuals who hold a current and valid ADHS Paramedic Certification will receive a stipend of $1.34 per hour.

I am currently an EMT/Advanced-EMT/Paramedic student. Can I apply?


How do I know if my employment application and files I've uploaded have been submitted correctly?

When you submit your completed employment application, you will receive an on-screen confirmation message thanking you for applying. You will also receive an email confirmation.

I've tried to upload documents as part of the application process, but I can't get them to upload correctly. What can I do?

If have been unsuccessful at uploading your documents to complete your application, you may send your documents by email to

Please include the following information in your email:

  • First and last name
  • A description of the documents you are attaching
  • A good contact number to reach you.

When you submit documents to, you will receive a reply email within one (1) to three (3) business days.

If our team cannot reach you by phone or email to address any potential issues with your documents, your application will remain incomplete and will not be considered.

I've just submitted my application and realized that I made a mistake. What should I do now?

If you realize you have made a mistake, email within 24 hours of the submission of your application explaining your situation.

How will I be contacted during the recruitment process?

Most communication will be sent by email from We recommend adding this email address to your contacts so that our emails are not sent to a junk or spam folder.

What is the start date of the Academy?

The estimated start date of our Fire Academy is October 1, 2024.

Does Northwest Fire District provide any type of retirement plan?

Northwest Fire District is a member of the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS). For more information on this visit

What does it mean to be a Probationary Firefighter?

The first year of employment as a new firefighter is a probationary period. This can be a stressful experience. The probationary firefighter is expected to learn a large amount of information while demonstrating a strong work ethic. Upon completion of the Fire Academy, the firefighter is assigned to a fire station. Training continues at the station through book work, practical drills, and a significant amount of on-the-job training. During the probationary year, the new firefighter is required to complete a series of predetermined training modules while working their assigned shifts. After completing each module, the probationary firefighter must successfully pass both a written and practical skills test. If the firefighter successfully passes all the required modules, they will become a non-probationary employee.

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