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New Britain Fire Department Employment Opportunities


Minimum Qualifications

Skill and knowledge required would generally be acquired with a high school or vocational school education. 

Background Investigation

In addition to the checking of references and the facts stated on the application, a background investigation, including a review of arrest records, will be made before names are certified to the appointing authority for employment consideration.

Special Requirements

1. Applicants must have reached their 18th birthday as of the closing date for filing applications.

2. Each candidate must possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator’s License at the time of appointment.  In addition, if appointed, an individual must obtain a Connecticut Driver’s License with a fire apparatus “Q” endorsement within a time period to be established by the Fire Department. Failure to obtain and retain this license may be grounds for termination.

3. Applicants must successfully qualify on a rigid city medical examination meeting the medical requirements of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 1582 Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments. The examining physician may put any question, make any examination of the candidate and reject for any cause which is his/her medical opinion would disqualify a candidate for the firefighter position.

4. Upon appointment, firefighters must reside within 30 minutes from the border of New Britain, under normal road conditions.  

5. Applicants will be required to submit an affidavit stating that he or she has been and is a non-smoker.  This affidavit is a part of the announcement package, and must be submitted at the time of application, in no case later than the date of the written exam.  Falsification of the affidavit will be considered falsification of the employment application, and subject to the pertaining rules and regulations of the City (up to and including discharge, if hired).

6. Physical Ability Test:  The City of New Britain will require applicants to hold a current Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) card with proof of registration with a licensed CPAT Center in order to apply. The CPAT application can be found at  Existing CPAT cardholders must submit their CPAT card at the time of the written exam.  A Valid CPAT card must be presented prior to being placed on the certified employment list.  

Veteran’s Points:  Applicants eligible for veteran’s points must submit a copy of their DD214 form prior to the closing deadline for applications.  Veteran’s points are awarded for specific periods of conflict only, under certain conditions, including honorable discharge.  No consideration for veteran’s points will be given after the closing deadline for applications.

Special Requirements

1. In accordance with Connecticut State Fire Commission regulations, an individual, if appointed, must successfully complete certification requirements of the Connecticut Fire Academy Recruit Firefighter Program; and as an Emergency Medical Responder prior to the completion of the one (1) year probationary period.

2. A post-offer, pre-employment background check, medical exam and psychological screening   
shall be required of each successful candidate.

Probationary Period

The probationary period for this position shall be twelve (12) months.

New Britain Fire Department Lateral Transfer Requirements

Any individual who is a recent graduate of the recruit firefighter program at the Connecticut Fire Academy (CFA) or possesses similar credentials from another state which meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Professional Qualification System Standards, which is deemed by the Fire Chief to be equivalent, shall upon application for the position of Firefighter, be automatically eligible for appointment whether or not there is an active employment list at the time. The candidate shall have passed the Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) within two years prior to appointment as a New Britain Firefighter.



City of New Britain Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/Equal Access Employer



Thank you to all those that applied.

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