Firefighter Applicant Process START to FINISH. SAFD APPLICANT PROCESS. Apply August 2011 (completed 8/26/11) Exam October 2011 *CPAT Practice Nov.2011–Jan.2012 CPAT TEST - TBA *Personal History Statement Feb. 2012 1 st Class June-Aug. 2012 2 nd Class
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START to FINISH
Apply August 2011 (completed 8/26/11)
Exam October 2011
*CPAT Practice Nov.2011–Jan.2012
CPAT TEST - TBA
*Personal History Statement Feb. 2012 1st Class
June-Aug. 2012 2nd Class
*Medical, Psychological, Polygraph
June-Aug. 2012 Class 1
*Class Starts Jan.-Feb. 2013 Class 2
*Time frames are approximate
Be at least 19 years of age, but have not reached 34 years of age by the date of taking the entrance exam.
Entrance Exam ApplicationThe San Antonio Fire Department posts official notices on this page announcing dates for taking the SAFD written Civil Service entrance examination for a given year. In order to take the exam, applicants must first submit an application.Entrance ExamApplicants must pass the Civil Service entrance examination with a minimum score of 70%. The exam consists of one hundred (100) questions with a two hour and thirty minute time limit. The exam location is listed in the announcement and is typically a known venue in San Antonio. Some helpful resources to use for preparing for the exam:
Veteransare eligible to receive five (5) additional points after passing the exam with a minimum of 70%. A copy of DD Form 214 copy 2, 4, 6, 7, or 8 showing a minimum of 180 days consecutive service must be received by the date specified in the exam announcement in order to have the veteran’s preference points added to the passing score. Active Duty members of the military anticipating an Honorable Discharge before the start of a Fire Academy class can receive a conditional five (5) additional points. They must produce a letter, signed by an officer in their chain of command, stating that they will discharge under honorable conditions. They must present their DD214 prior to the start of their Fire Academy class in order to keep their position on the eligibility list.
The CPAT is made up of eight separate events that are meant to simulate the strenuous, physical activities a Firefighter would have to do when responding to a fire. The CPAT is a timed, pass/fail test.
The official CPAT video can be seen at
Candidates that pass the CPAT will proceed to the next steps in
the process according to their placement on the eligibility list.
Candidates who successfully complete the tests and assessments for this phase
in the hiring process will have their files submitted to the City Manager for
final consideration and selection. If selected, candidates receive notification
of when to report to the San Antonio Fire Academy.
After being selected for the Academy, the processing of the candidate
continues to the next phase:Firefighter Cadet.
Firefighter Candidates who are appointed to the San Antonio Fire Academy by the City Manager undergo about six months of extensive academic and physical training, including:
Cardiovascular fitness is basic to the profession of firefighting, and if a Candidate is selected to attend the San Antonio Fire Academy, it is extremely important to show up in good shape. The Cadet Fitness Cover Letter and the Cadet Fitness Program outline the SAFD Cadet Physical Training Program. Keep in mind that these documents indicate the minimum fitness level a Candidate should be at upon entry to the academy. We also recommend that incoming Cadets be able to achieve the following: