We're Hiring Firefighters



Work with Purpose. Serve with Pride.

This process is dedicated to hiring those who best demonstrate the qualities our community expects of their first responders. Successful candidates will possess the right attitude to learn and lead throughout an entire firefighting career with Northwest Fire District.

Prior firefighting or EMS work experience is NOT required, but a valid EMT or Paramedic certification is, see below for additional details.

The District is seeking approximately twelve (12) individuals for our upcoming Academy Class. Online employment applications will be accepted from July 29 – August 31, 2019.

15 week Academy begins January 6, 2020 and graduates April 17, 2020.

Additionally, Northwest Fire District offers a great work schedule, competitive pay and benefits package!

Firefighter Recruit in Academy: 40 hours/week at $21.29/hour.
Firefighter after graduation: 56 hours/week at $15.68/hour, $46,883.20/estimated annual pay*
*Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) includes scheduled overtime (average annual factor used is 2990 hours)

Please do not contact employees, visit District work sites or request a ride along, as these are not allowed during the process.

Minimum Qualifications at time of Application Submission
Applicants who need additional time for an Arizona Driver’s License and Certifications, are provided with a grace period.



  • 18+ years of age
  • High School Diploma, General Education Development (GED). If home schooled, a GED or AIMS Test Score or a higher degree, such as: Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s
  • Valid Driver’s License – Valid: means not revoked, suspended, expired, refused, cancelled, or restricted
       Must obtain a valid Arizona driver’s license by April 6, 2020
  • Arizona or Nationally Registered EMT, Advanced-EMT, or Paramedic Certification
       An Arizona Certification is required by December 2, 2019
  • CPAT card or letter
       Must be dated December 2, 2018 or later (e.g., Dec. 2018 to Dec. 2019)
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge of Word and Outlook email

Additional Required Certifications:

  • EMT – AHA CPR Card
  • Paramedic – AHA CPR Card, PALS, and ACLS



Click to View Additional Assistance with Minimum Qualifications


  • Must obtain a valid AZ Driver’s License by April 6, 2020
  • EMT or CEP State certifications due by December 2, 2019
  • AHA Certifications associated with provider level must remain valid from January 6, 2020- May 1, 2020
  • EMT or CEP State certifications must remain valid from January 6, 2020 – May 1, 2020
  • CPAT Card acceptable date is December 2, 2018 or later

Additional Assistance with Minimum Qualifications:

The NWFD will not be offering an EMT class as part of this academy. As such, all applicants are expected to possess an Arizona State or National, valid EMT, Advanced-EMT, or Paramedic certification upon application submission. However, to assist out-of-state candidates or candidates that are in the final portions of their EMT/Advanced-EMT/Paramedic training, proof of Arizona certification will not be required until December 2, 2019.  Please read the following points closely.

For those who need a CPAT card:

NWFD will be offering CPAT free of charge with orientations on October 4th – 5th, and CPAT on November 1st – 2nd, at the Northwest Fire District Training Center, 5125 W. Camino de Fuego. Scheduling details will be provided to candidates. For your convenience we are including the CPAT Orientation Guide and CPAT Preparation Guide.  National Testing Network in Arizona (Phoenix) and other states is another option for candidates to obtain a CPAT card/letter if needed.

You must wear long pants and footwear closed at the heel and toe. Jewelry is not allowed. All other equipment (hard hat, gloves, etc.) will be provided. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE WITHOUT PROPER CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR. 

Northwest Fire District  DOES NOT RECOMMEND YOU SCHEDULE TO TAKE THE PRACTICE TEST AND CPAT ON THE SAME DAY. You may not be physically recovered enough to participate in the second exam. 

What EMS certifications are required:

  • If you’re an EMT or Advanced EMT you must also possess a valid AHA CPR card.
  • If you’re a Paramedic you must also possess the following AHA certifications: AHA CPR, PALS, and ACLS.

Expiration Dates:

AHA Certifications must be valid through May 1, 2020

Arizona EMT/Advanced-EMT/Paramedic Certification must be valid through
May 1, 2020

If not, the candidate must have enough Continuing Education credits (CEs) to match the National Registry re-certification for their provider level. 

By December 2, 2019, these candidates must provide the required CE forms or proof of education (i.e. official transcript).

Out-of-State Candidates:

You need to possess your current level of NREMT certification. 

In Arizona, the State’s Department of Health Services (AZ DHS) administers all pre-hospital certifications.  Please check the AZ DHS’ website or call them to make sure you understand the requirements to obtain an Arizona EMT/Advanced-EMT/Paramedic certification. 

You will be required to present an Arizona EMT/Advanced-EMT/Paramedic certification to an NWFD Human Resources Services representative by December 02, 2019.


Please reference the Arizona Department of Health Services web page here:


We are not affiliated with any companies who offer accelerated EMT programs, however, there is one being offered that will be completed within the timeline indicated for our process:


Employment Application

Closing date, Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 5:00 P.M. (MST)

The application provides you with the  job description and requires information about your education, driver’s license, certification, CPAT, background, and employment history.

Resumes are not accepted.

Questions? Please email hr@northwestfire.org.

During or immediately after the closing date for applications you will be contacted by phone or email as to your status in the application process.

Please no visits or phone calls.

Drug Free Workplace – EOE

Applicant Required Notices

This is an online only application process – faxed or emailed resumes or printed applications will NOT be accepted.


The District reserves the right to change or eliminate any of these activities, and candidates will be notified in advance of any changes and given the opportunity to withdraw. If an accommodation is needed for any of the activities, the applicant must inform the scheduler or email hr@northwestfire.org in advance, so that the District has sufficient notice to try and accommodate the applicant.


  • Sept. 9thClick to view Written Test
  • Sept. 23rd – Credibility Assessment (Eyedetect technology used to assess truthfulness regarding employment application information,  use of illegal drugs, and commission of serious crimes)
  • Oct. 6th – Psychological and personality assessments (validated computer based questions to assess fit for position)
  • Oct. 20th – First Interview (conducted by an internal panel)
  • Nov. 4th – Final Interview (conducted by an internal panel)
  • Nov. 10th – Each candidate will be contacted by email or phone as to their status in the selection process

Each activity must be passed to move on in the selection process.

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.

What We Offer

Paid Time Off (22 days accrual first year of employment)
Ten (10) Paid Holidays
Tuition Reimbursement (after the first year of employment)
Professional Development Opportunities

Employer SponsoredShared ContributionsVoluntary
Medical - Qualified High Deductible Health PlanDental - Two Plans (to include orthodontia for Adults & Children)Life Insurance (up to $300k, includes spouse)
Life Insurance ($50k)Vision - (to include discounts on Laser Vision Correction)Accidental Death & Dismemberment may include dependents (up to $300k)
Accidental Death & Dismemberment ($50k)
and Accident Travel Plan ($250k)
Two Retirement Plans offered - Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) OR Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) dependent on eligibility.Accident with or without Disability may include dependents (includes a Wellness Rider)
Short-Term Disability (up to $1k/per week)Non-Suppression Long-Term DisabilityCritical Illness with a Cancer Rider
may include spouse
Post Employment Health Plan (qualified health expenses)Deferred Compensation for Retirement
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Flexible Spending Accounts (health/daycare expenses)
Tuition Reimbursement after first year of employment
Educational Assistance


The Northwest Fire District is an internationally accredited, award-winning, innovative provider of all-hazards emergency response. We ensure our community receives high-quality and cost-efficient fire, emergency medical, and prevention services. Bordering the City of Tucson and 100 miles south of Phoenix, the Northwest Fire District spans areas of unincorporated Pima County, the majority of the Town of Marana, and touches into areas of the Town of Oro Valley.

The District covers 117,000 residents and 3,500 commercial occupancies over a 140-square mile area. Northwest Fire maintains ten strategically located stations with two new stations slated for construction in the fall of 2018, and two additional stations on the heels of those to keep up with our community’s growth. All of our firefighters are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians or Paramedics. We provide advanced life support (ALS) ambulance transportation for the most injured or ill patients within the District and we’ve been designated by the State of Arizona as a premier EMS Provider. In addition to the full spectrum of fire suppression activity, Northwest Fire manages a Hazardous Material Team and a Technical Rescue Team for swift water, confined space, and rugged terrain rescues. We also provide an expansive schedule of community education programs and support progressive fire prevention codes.

More information is available on https://northwestfire.org/about/


If you’re not already familiar with our community, we’re eager to tell you about the amazing people and unique landscapes that make up the Northwest Fire District. If you’re already in-the-know, it’s a great reminder of what makes the place we call home so unique, special, and unforgettably Southwest.

Our District borders Arizona’s second largest city, Tucson, and spans into the communities of Marana and Oro Valley. Between these municipalities and the areas of unincorporated Pima County that we protect are a variety of urban, suburban, rural and undeveloped wilderness expanses that make up our jurisdiction. The areas where we work include modern, fast-paced and innovative cityscapes as well as undeveloped landscapes that are steeped in culture and history. Both perspectives present scenic views of populated or open spaces found in the deserts of Arizona. We have an amazing mix of high-level business professionals intertwined with genuine cowboys and cowgirls in dust-covered boots and hats.

In addition to the neighborhoods, schools, and businesses where we keep watch, we also protect vast stretches of I-10, the Union Pacific Railroad, Marana Regional Airport, and hiking trails that wander through the Saguaros and traverse into the mountains. Our residents and visitors are sports enthusiasts, high-end shoppers, stargazers, bird watchers, little league coaches, cuisine coinsurers, homemakers, adventure seekers, college kids, retirees and everything in between. Whatever their “thing” is, they all seem to appreciate our Southwest sunsets that are second to none.

There’s so much more to say about our community, but in short, we believe we have it all. What’s more… there’s so much that we know can only be found right here in our backyard. You can read more about the many areas in and around Northwest Fire District through the links below:

Marana  |  Pima County  |  Oro Valley  | Tucson

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