Position Detail:

Terrell Fire Department
PO Box 310
Terrell, TX 75160

Kaufman County

972-551-6682 - fax

Hiring Information:

Position: Entry Level Firefighter
Last Filing Date:  February 28, 2019

Special Instructions:  



The City of Terrell is accepting applications for the position of entry-level firefighter until to serve the community as a member of our team dedicated to fire prevention, safety and life saving philosophy. Qualifications include high school diploma or equivalent; upon hire must possess State of Texas Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic Certification.

Hiring process includes passing of civil service examination (minimum grade of seventy required), physical fitness examination, extensive background investigation, physical examination with drug screen and interview with Fire Chief or designee.

An entry-level examination for beginning firefighter in accordance with Local Government Code, Chapter 143 Section .024 will be held:

DATE: SATURDAY, March 2, 2019

TEST TIME: 9:00 A.M.



Submit applications to City of Terrell Human Resources Department, 201 East Nash Street, Terrell, Texas 75160. Entry-level candidates may not be certified as eligible after age 36 in accordance with Local Government Code, Chapter 143 Section .024. Additional five (5) points added to grade of seventy (70) or above with honorable discharge from United States armed services. Must provide a copy of DD214.


Knowledge of:

Operations, services and activities of a fire department.
Principles, practices and methods of fire suppression, prevention, investigation, code enforcement, inspection and emergency rescue.
Specialized fire suppression and communications equipment and vehicles.
Methods and techniques of building construction.
The geography of the city, including water supply systems and hydrant locations in the city.
Specialized fire suppression and communications equipment and vehicles.
Basic principles and methods of report preparation.
Operational characteristics, services and activities of comprehensive fire suppression and prevention programs.
Technical and administrative aspects of fire suppression and prevention programs.
Hazardous materials response, high-angle or aerial rescue and rapid water rescue operations.
Modern office methods and equipment including computers.
Various modern spreadsheet, database and word processing software applications.
Principles of filing and record keeping.
Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and ordinances.

Ability to:

Work under stress and use good judgment in emergency situations.
Resolve a variety of situations characterized by conflict or danger.
Safely operate department vehicles, apparatus and other emergency equipment.
Operate specialized emergency communications equipment.
Perform fire investigations and building inspections.
Prepare a variety of reports.
Operate a variety of modern office equipment including computers.
Maintain a variety of files and records.
Apply pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and ordinances.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for:
making observations
communicating with others
effectively working with numbers
handling varied tasks simultaneously
working independently
reading and writing
operating assigned equipment
Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of:
making sound decisions
using good judgment
answering questions
Demonstrating intellectual capabilities
Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include the following:
sitting and standing for extended periods of time
operating assigned equipment
traveling to various work locations

Experience and Training Guidelines
Any combination of experience that would likely provide the required knowledge is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Minimum requirements are those required by the Texas Local Government Code, City Civil Service Regulations and/or Terrell Fire Department.


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certification

Ability to obtain, Basic Firefighter Certification from the Texas Commission of Fire Protection.
Possession of, Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic Certification from the Texas Department of Health.
Possession of an appropriate, valid drivers license for the level of vehicles operated.

Starting Salary:  $49225.84
Top Salary:   N/A
Contact:   City of Terrell, City Hall
Human Resources Manager
201 East Nash
Terrell, TX 75160
972-551-6600 ext 252 or 295

Additional Department Details:

Annual Budget: $597,000.00
Population Served: 12,480
Number of Firefighters: N/A

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