​Dallas Fire-Rescue List of Qualifications

Qualifications

  • Must be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age and not have reached 36 years of age on the date the Civil Service written examination is given to be eligible for Trainee Fire and Rescue Officer.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age on the date the Civil Service written examination is given for Trainee Fire Prevention and Inspection Officer (FPE&I).
  • Must have a High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Must have at least 45 semester hours of college for Fire Rescue Officer applicants and 60 hours for FPE&I applicants with a C average or better from an accredited college or university; or must have completed four years of active duty service in the Armed Forces of the US with an honorable discharge for Fire Rescue Officer and five years for FPE&I.
  • Work experience credits, non-credit courses, or courses not transferable to an accredited institution will not be accepted.
  • Technical courses, business skills courses, non-degree courses of study are not acceptable unless these are transferable to an accredited institution.
  • Must complete the Candidate Physical Ability Test satisfactorily. Applicants are not required to retake the CPAT if they have passed it within the last 12 months.
  • Must pass a medical examination administered by a physician selected by the City of Dallas, and be medically fit per City of Dallas Medical Guidelines for Uniformed Fire Personnel.
  • Must have honorable discharge from military service, if applicable.
  • Must possess or acquire an unrestricted Texas Motor Vehicle Operator’s License (except for corrective lenses).
  • Vision (20/40 in one eye & 20/100 in other eye correctable to 20/20 and 20/40)
  • Must have a satisfactory previous employment record, if applicable
  • Free from use of controlled substances or excessive use of alcohol

Disqualifying Factors (Not all inclusive)

  • Must not have been convicted, plead guilty or nolo contendere, placed on probation or deferred adjudication for any felony (civilian or military).
  • Must not have committed or have been convicted of the commission of a Class “A” misdemeanor within the last five (5) years or “B” misdemeanor with the last two (2) years.
  • Must not have committed or admit to nor have been convicted of four (4) or more Class “C” misdemeanors within the last ten (10) years, or since the 17th birthday.
  • Must not have committed or have been convicted of DWI within five (5) years preceding the date of application.
  • Must not be on probation for any crime at the time of application.
  • Must not be under criminal investigation (civilian or military) during the application process for conduct which could result in the following:
    • Probation and/or deferred adjudication
    • Fine
    • Jail time
    • Prison time
  • Must not have engaged in unacceptable conduct that calls into question the applicant’s:
    • Integrity
    • Discipline
    • Commitment
    • Reliability
  • Must not falsify the application by omission or deception in the areas of
    • Employment information
    • Academic record
    • Criminal activity; misdemeanor and felony
    • Theft from employers
    • Drug usage
    • Driving history
    • Military history
  • Must not make any false statement concerning a “material fact” in the application process. A “material fact” is any detail concerning the applicant, which, if brought to the attention of the department, would likely result in the candidate being withdrawn or rejected from the selection process.
  • Must have a satisfactory previous employment record, if applicable.
  • Driving Record
    • EMust not have been convicted of three (3) or more moving traffic violations within 24 months (2 years) preceding the date of application. Violations dismissed with deferred adjudication or defensive driving shall not be regarded as moving traffic violations. Camera enforced red light violations shall not be considered as moving violations.
    • Must not have any outstanding traffic warrants or pending citations.
    • Must not currently be on probation for DWI or other traffic offenses.
    • Must not have committed or have been convicted of Failure to Stop and Render Aid (FSRA) within the last five (5) years.
    • Must not have committed or have been convicted of driving with a suspended license within the last 12 months.

Expungements. Under Texas law expungements are not accepted on convictions, even if the sentence was probation. Expungements from another state must meet the same standards as Texas law.