Firefighter Recruitment: Minimum Standards
In order to be accepted into an Entry Level position with the City of Euless Fire Department, applicants must meet specific criteria set forth by the Fire Department. This is a basic overview of minimum standards asked of any applicant for the position of Firefighter.
- Must be at least 19 years of age by the time of entrance examination.
- High school diploma or
- Must be able to speak, read, and write the English language.
- Certified Firefighter/Paramedic or
- Certified Firefighter enrolled in Paramedic School within 3 mos. of graduation or,
- Certified paramedic or,
- Enrolled in Paramedic School within 3 mos. of graduation.
- Must possess a valid Texas Driver's License and be able to obtain a Texas Class "B" license.
- No more than three moving violations in the last three years (36 months).
- No more than ten points in violations combined on the applicant's current driving record. (Reckless Driving, racing etc = 10 points; speeding = 3 points; other moving violations = 2 points; at fault accidents = 3 points each)
- No license suspensions in the last three years (36 months).
- Must not be on probation for D.W.I. or other traffic offenses 5 years (60 months) preceding the date of application.
- Must not be wanted on outstanding traffic warrants.
- Must have no prior convictions of any felony grade offense under the Texas Penal Code, equivalent Federal Law or the Code of Uniform Military Justice.
- Must have no misdemeanor of grade "A" and/or "B" offense under the Texas Penal Code, equivalent Federal Law or the Code of Uniform Military Justice within the last five (5) years including deferred adjudication.
- Must have no class "C" misdemeanors for family assault within the past three years.
- Must not have any formal criminal charges pending or currently be on deferred adjudication for any offense other than Class C traffic offenses.
Use of Illicit Substances:
- Must not have used marijuana for the purpose of recreation or intoxication anytime during the twenty four (24) months preceding the date of application.
- Must not have sold or distributed marijuana anytime during the five years (60 months) preceding the date of application.
- Must not have used paint, glue or other inhalants for the purpose of intoxication within the past 5 years.
- Must not have used any hallucinogenic drugs, including, but not limited to LSD, STP, or Psilocybin.
- Must not have illegally used any other substances or drugs listed in the Texas Controlled Substances Act, including, but not limited to: Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Cocaine, Opium, Barbiturates, Heroin, Morphine, Ecstasy, and Eve.
- Must not have abused or misused legally obtained prescription medication(s) or illegally used prescription medication(s) of another person within the past five years. However, this time frame may be waived by the Fire Chief. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis with consideration given to the circumstances, the medication involved and elapsed time since the last occurrence.
- Have a credit history which demonstrates a commitment to paying debts. Factors which will be considered include:
- The type and number of debts.
- Reasons for any bad debts.
- Extenuating circumstances
- Potential for the credit related problems impacting the applicant's judgment and integrity.
- Visual acuity at least 20/30 binocular corrected with contact lenses or glasses.
- Uncorrected shall be at least 20/100 binocular.
- Peripheral vision/Visual field performance without correction shall be 140 degrees in the horizontal meridian of each eye.
- Average hearing loss in the unaided ear cannot be greater than 40 decibels (dB) at 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, and 2000 Hz when the audiometric device is calibrated to ANSI Z24.5.
- Must not have any ear condition (or hearing impairment) that results in a person not being able to safely perform essential job tasks.
- Other medical/physical requirements as outlined in the current edition of NFPA 1582 standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments.
- Must be a citizen or legally able to work in the United States.
- Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position to which he/she seeks employment.
- Must be able to successfully complete the required pre-employment physical ability test.
- Must meet the minimum posted job requirements unless a waiver is obtained from the Fire Chief.
- Applicants who have made a false statement in any material fact; withheld information, practiced or attempted to practice deception or fraud in his/her application, examination, background investigation, polygraph examination or medical examination will be dropped permanently from employment consideration.
- Applicants who fail to complete or satisfactorily meet the employment process requirements including, but not limited to, missed appointments, failure to return application package or other paperwork, failure to notify the department of changes in address, phone numbers or other pertinent data during the hiring process may be dropped from current consideration .
- Applicants who fail to satisfactorily complete the oral interview process(es) will be dropped from current consideration.
- Applicants who have been dismissed or resigned in lieu of dismissal from any employment for inefficiency, delinquency or misconduct may be dropped from further consideration based on the specific circumstances.
- Applicants who have demonstrated poor maturity or judgment in the applicant's decision making ability may be dropped from further consideration based on the specific circumstances.
- Applicants who have a history of unstable work including, but not limited to, short terms of employment over the applicants employment history, employment in an illegal occupation, termination of employment without proper notice, dismissal for cause from employment and/or dismissal from employment in a public safety position may dropped from further consideration based on the specific circumstances.
- Applicant must be registered with the Selective Service if required by law to do so.
- Applicant must successfully pass a polygraph examination and be recommended for employment by a mental health professional under contract with the City of Euless after the administration of a psychological examination.