Become a firefighter: Begin here

The 2022 firefigher application process is closed.

Read all of the information below before applying to become a Lexington firefighter.

If you previously completed a Position Interest Form you will still need to complete an application.

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Phase 1:

Review the eligibility requirements

All applicants must register for the written exam, or you will not be permitted to test.

Written examination

The written examination for a recruit firefighter is designed to measure the knowledge, abilities, aptitudes and innate problem-solving ability an individual needs to succeed in this career. It uses multiple-choice tests to determine a group of applicants meeting or exceeding necessary thresholds.

Those meeting these requirements are eligible to continue in the hiring process. Candidates must obtain a minimum score of 70% on the written examination to proceed in the hiring process. If you need additional explanation, contact Human Resources at (859) 258-3030.

Written Exam Dates

Written exams are completed for the 2022 recruitment cycle.

2022 Recruit Firefighter Written Exam Information and Instructions

Lexington Fire Training Academy
1375 Old Frankfort Pike
Lexington, KY 40504

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Candidate Physical Agility Testing

Testing dates

March 23, 2022
Test times are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

March 24, 2022
Test times are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

March 30, 2022
Test times are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

March 31, 2022
Test times are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Only applicants who pass the written exam will move forward to the CPAT.

Register for the CPAT.

The CPAT process has changed from previous years. These will be one-day CPAT Orientation and Test sessions. You will be shown the CPAT Orientation video, given the opportunity to walk through the CPAT course and try the CPAT stations. Immediately after the Orientation session, you will then have the chance to take the CPAT test. There will be no practice. You must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes to participate.   

You are eligible to schedule for a Lexington Only CPAT session if:

  • You do NOT have a CPAT card or
  • Your CPAT card expires on or before  May 13, 2022.

You may not schedule for a Lexington only CPAT session if:

  • You have a CPAT card that is current through May 13, 2022 or after.
  • You will be removed from the schedule if your card is current through May 13, 2022 or after.
  • Applicants wishing to renew cards expiring after May 13, 2023 can re-take the CPAT at an open CPAT listed online through the Kentucky Fire Commission. A list of open CPATs can be found online. You must contact Rick Larkins to reserve a spot.

Candidate Physical Agility Testing location: 

110 Cleveland Dr.
Paris, KY 40361

Applicants may also choose to take the CPAT on their own through the Kentucky Fire Commission or another licensed CPAT site.

  • The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) will be given only to those individuals with passing scores of at least 70% on the written exam. Those progressing to the physical ability test must pass it or possess a valid CPAT card issued in the last 12 months (as of the date of your oral interview) to advance in the hiring process. A copy of your CPAT card will be collected at your oral interview.
  • The job of a firefighter is one of the most physically demanding jobs in North America. It requires high levels of cardiopulmonary endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance. The CPAT consists of eight critical physical tasks that simulate actual job duties. This test is physically demanding and requires that you be physically fit to succeed. Tasks include stair climb, hose drag, equipment carry, ladder raise and extension, forcible entry, search, rescue, and ceiling breach and pull.
  • You may take any of the CPATs offered, or you may present a valid CPAT card issued to you in the last 12 months (as of the date of your oral interview). Visit the Kentucky Fire Commission for testing dates in Kentucky.
  • The Kentucky Fire Commission administers the CPAT.

Oral Interview

Tentative Dates

Interview dates and times will be sent to applicants who pass the CPAT and submit a current CPAT card. The deadline to submit a CPAT card to move forward to the interview is April 15, 2022

  • Only those individuals who passed the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) will be eligible to continue in the testing process. This group of applicants will be scheduled for an oral interview with a panel consisting of individuals within Lexington Fire and Emergency Services as well as a citizen from the community.
  • On the day of the oral interview, applicants must bring copies of the following documents. Copies of these documents will be collected and placed in your file. Failure to provide copies of any of the required documents will result in removal from the process.
    • Birth Certificate – Copy from the State Bureau of Vital Statistics or Health Department (no hospital birth records)
    • Valid driver's license from state of residency
    • High school diploma or equivalent certification
    • CPAT card
    • College diploma or transcripts (if applicable)
    • DD214 (member 4 form) to verify military service for veteran's preference points (if applicable)
    • Kentucky or National Registry EMT or Paramedic Certification (if applicable)
  • The panel will ask each applicant the same questions concerning their previous experience, training and knowledge. These questions are based on job-related duties and responsibilities. Each panel member will independently score each applicant at the conclusion of their oral examination. The panel members' scores will be totaled to obtain the individual oral examination score for the applicant. The scores for the written and oral exams will be combined and preference will be added if applicable (military – 2%). Scores will then be compiled by the LFUCG. 

Phase 2:

  • Eligibility list established
  • Polygraph test
  • Background investigation
  • Fire Chief recommendation to the mayor for appointment
  • Conditional offer of employment
  • Physical/medical exam
  • Drug screening


Before applying, learn more about the eligibility requirements and compensation and benefits.