Become a firefighter: Begin here

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

The application period for 2021 is closed. The next hiring session will be early in 2022. Check this page or the Lexington Fire Department hiring Facebook page or Instagram for updates.

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

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If you would like to be notified when applications are being accepted again, complete the Position Interest Form.

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 possess to be successful in this career. It uses multiple-choice tests and is utilized 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, please contact Human Resources at (859) 258-3030.

Written Exam Dates

2022 written exam dates are to be determined.

Follow the LFD Hiring page on Facebook for updates.

Directions for the Written Exam

The written exam location

Fire Training Academy
1375 Old Frankfort Pike
Lexington, KY

Applicants must meet the application requirements to be eligible to take the written exam (Be between the ages of 19 and 34 years old at the application deadline, have a valid Full Unrestricted driver’s license, possess a High School diploma or GED, and have no felony conviction).

CPAT card is not required to take the written test.
Only applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will be permitted to take the written exam.
Testing will last approximately two and half hours.

  • There is a non-required study guide available for the examination called the Standard Edition – National Firefighter Selection Inventory (NFSI) Study Guide. This study guide will provide you with a better understanding of the nature and format of questions that will appear on the NFSI. The study guide will provide definitions of each area, sample questions and inform you of rules and general test-taking strategies and instructions for completing the exam answer sheet. You may obtain this test guide through any of the following methods:

Contact to register for the written exam.

Candidate Physical Agility Testing

The 2022 CPAT testing dates are to determined.

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

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) in order 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 be successful. 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 CPAT is administered by the Kentucky Fire Commission.

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 July 16, 2021

  • 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