Become a Firefighter
Take your Career to New Heights. Become a Norwalk Firefighter.
Update: August 24, 2023
We are in the early stages of planning our next Firefighter Entry level exam. We anticipate this will be given in January 2024 and active recruitment and registration should start in mid/late November. The City will use 'Firefighter App' for test registration and candidate updates.
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.
Recruitment Packet 2021. An updated guide for the 2024 test will be posted in the coming weeks.
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.