We're Hiring Firefighters



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


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.

Firefighting work experience is required. See below for additional details.

The District is seeking to hire up to fourteen (14) individuals for our upcoming 12 week Transitional Academy. Online employment applications will be accepted from March 09, 2020 through April 17, 2020.

The 12 week Transitional Academy begins August 03, 2020 and graduates October 23, 2020.

Firefighter Recruit in Academy: 40 hours/week at $21.70/hour.

Firefighter after graduation: 56 hours/week at $15.68/hour, $47,792.64/estimated annual pay*

Firefighter with Paramedic Certifications after graduation: is also eligible to attend a 40 hour Paramedic transition course followed-up with a Paramedic differential.

Seniority will dictate a Firefighter with Paramedic differential eligibility to promote into a Paramedic position when available.

*Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) includes scheduled overtime (average annual factor used is 3048 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



  • 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
  • Current Arizona Registered EMCT or Paramedic Certification
  • One (1) year paid full-time experience as a Firefighter (may include time as a Firefighter Recruit, if applicable) within the last 24 months or by the first day of the NWFD Academy*
    *The one (1) year paid full-time experience requirement must be for consecutive time with no break in employment.
  • Arizona State Certified Firefighter I & II or equivalent to the NFPA 1001, such as IFSAC or ProBoard
  • Current Certifications:  EMT – AHA CPR Card
    Paramedic – AHA CPR Card and ACLS
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge of Word and Outlook email


  • All required certifications must remain current throughout the Recruit Academy.




Employment Application

Closing date, Friday, April 17, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. (MST)

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

Please be prepared that while completing the online employment application, you will be required to upload proof of the following:  Education, FF I & II or equivalent, and Certification Card(s).

Please do not upload resumes or any other documents as these will not be 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 realize that the selection process begins now with the online employment application. Your employment application must be complete, therefore please read the instructions and follow what you are being asked to provide. The selection process activities will follow and may include an interview and practicals applicable to the job, a Credibility Assessment (Eyedetect technology used to assess truthfulness regarding employment application information, use of illegal drugs, and commission of serious crimes), and job fit/personality assessment.

Please no visits, ride-a-longs, 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.


  • Week of April 20th – Written Test (Click to view Sections to be tested and number of questions)
  • Week of May 4th and May 11th – Credibility Assessment (Eyedetect technology used to assess truthfulness regarding employment application information, use of illegal drugs, and commission of serious crimes)
  • Week of May 18th – Job fit assessments (validated computer based questions to assess fit for position) and First Interviews (conducted by an internal panel)
  • Week of May 25th – Physical Ability Test (Click to view packet)
  • Week of June 1st – Second Interview (conducted by an internal panel)
  • By June 6th – 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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