Become a Firefighter

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Take your Career to New Heights. Become a Norwalk Firefighter.

The registration period for the next entry level firefighter exam will open on Saturday, November 18 and close on Sunday, December 31. The test is scheduled for January 13th. 

As with past exams, the City uses Firefighter App ( for test registration and candidate updates. Please do not contact the City's Personnel department to register. 

On Tuesday, December 12 at 7p, the Fire Department will be hosting a zoom 'town hall' to provide information about the Department and testing process as well as answer questions that participants may have. 

Webinar ID: 813 1789 7378

Link to Join:

Dial In: 646 558 8656


Written Exam:

The written exam is used for the entry process to identify a minimum level of reading, writing, and mathematical skills needed to perform as a firefighter. Interested applicants can use standard Firefighter Prep books to get started, such as:

  • Firefighter Exam and Interview Prep- Amatrudo and Peltz
  • Norman Hall's Firefighter Exam Prep Book
  • McGraw- Hill –Firefighter Exam
  • Barron's Firefighter Candidate Exam

Oral Interviews: 

A percentage of candidates will be invited to an oral interview. The interview process will exam an individual’s personal traits and beliefs in the areas of diversity, integrity, ethics, dependability, teamwork, judgment, decision making and oral communication. A second interview may be scheduled as part of the interview process. 

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

In order to be considered for selection, firefighter applicants must pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) conducted in Meriden, CT. This test consists of a series of eight physical tasks, such as running or raising ladders, which closely approximates physical tasks routinely performed by firefighters on the job. Most tasks are timed. This is a pass/fail test based on a maximum total time of 10 minutes and 20 seconds.

Applicants are advised to prepare for the ability test for purposes of safety as well as to enhance their chance for a higher score. With adequate preparation, the average healthy, fit individual should be able to complete the test safely and satisfactorily. During testing, all procedures will be explained in detail and demonstrated if necessary. There are many free resources online, including YouTube to help you prepare for the CPAT. 

For information about the CPAT. Click Here

For additional information about becoming the process to become a firefighter, we have developed this resource guide.  An updated guide for the 2024 test will be posted soon.  

A final note: Employment in the fire service is very competitive. Many times less than 1% of the applicants are hired. Do not settle for one city or fire department; explore other opportunities in the State and across the country. Take as many entry tests as possible. Continue your education; join a volunteer organization such as the cadets, an emergency medical provider or a civilian response team. These organizations will assist with building the skills necessary to become a firefighter.