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The Application Period for the Fire Department is Currently Open

Applicant must be at least 18 years ago, hold a valid driver's license and pass a backcheck

Applications are currently being accepted. The application period closes on June 28, 2019
Careers in the Reading Fire Department are Civil Service Testing and governed by the PA 3rd Class City Code
Questions may be directed to
  • Notice of Application
  • Application- Must be returned in person with $50.00 fee
  • Written Examination- time and place will be announced when application is returned
    • Entry level firefighter study guides are available for purchase online at
    • The Firefighter/Paramedic minimum passing score will be 75%. The top 50 with a passing score will move forward with the physical agility testing (CPAT).
    • Notification of physical ability test and background questionnaire (must be notarized)
  • Pre-physical ability test medical physical (at applicants expense)
  • Physical Ability Test (hotlink to website page)
  • Notification and performance of oral interviews
  • Oral Interviews
    • Must obtain a passing score of 70%
  • Veterans Preference
    • 10 additional points are added to the final test score to all Honorably Discharged veterans or those members still in service who have served at least 180 consecutive days of Active Duty. (requires a DD-214 as proof of service)
  • City Residency Preference
    • 5 additional points are added to the final test score to all City of Reading residents (required 1 year of residency prior to application) who complete the testing process. (Must provide proof utility bill, paystub, or tax form to claim residency points)
  • Civil Service List Certification
  • Conditional offers of employment (based on the needs of the Department)
  • Medical Examination
    • Provided by a physician contracted by the Department
  • Background Check (Misdemeanor and Felony records are grounds for termination of offer)
    • Fingerprint verified FBI Criminal History, PA Child Abuse Clearance, Driving Record
  • All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required tests and a resolution by City Council
We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, gender identity, expression or political affiliation.