Firefighter Recruitment Minimum Standards
Applicants must meet the following minimum standards to be considered for employment for any uniformed position in the Euless Fire Department.
- Minimum age is 19 years by the time of the entrance examination. No maximum age.
- High school diploma or
- Must be able to speak, read and write the English language fluently.
- Certified Firefighter/Paramedic; or
- Certified Firefighter enrolled in Paramedic School within 3 months of graduation; or
- Certified Paramedic;
- Must possess a valid Driver’s License and be able to obtain at a minimum a Texas Class “B” license within the time established by the department.
- Must have a driving record that reflects no more than three moving violations or preventable accidents, or any combination thereof, in the past 36 months. Moving violations and preventable accidents that are indicated on the applicants driving record but are more than 36 months old will be considered on a case by case basis.
- No driver’s license suspension in the past three years.
- No DWI or DUI within ten years. Determination on eligibility after ten years is at the discretion of the fire chief.
- Must not have admitted to the commission of, or ever been convicted of a felony or any crime involving moral turpitude or the equivalent under State or Federal law or the Code of Military Justice.
- Must not have been convicted of, including being on court ordered community supervision, deferred adjudication or probation, for any criminal offense of the grade of Class B misdemeanor or above (or equivalent) within the past five years with the exception of DWI\DUI which is ten years.
- Must have no class “C” misdemeanors for family assault/domestic violence within the past three years. Events occurring beyond three years will be considered on a case by case basis.
- Must not be under indictment for any criminal offense.
- Must not be wanted by any Law Enforcement Agency at the time of application to include traffic warrants.
Use of Illicit Substances:
- No illegal drug usage within the 24 months prior to testing. Must show no trace of drug dependency after a physical examination, blood test or other medical test. Any illegal drug usage beyond 24 months will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- Must not have abused or misused legally obtained prescription medication(s) or illegally used prescription medication(s) of another person within the past two years. However this time frame may be waived or extended by the Fire Chief based on the specific circumstances, the medication involved and elapsed time since the last occurrence.
- Must have a credit history which demonstrates a commitment to paying debts. Factors which will be considered include the type and number of debts, the reason for any bad debts, any extenuating circumstances and the potential for any credit related problems impacting the applicant’s judgement and integrity.
- Visual acuity at least 20/40 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 3000 Hz when the audiometric device is calibrated to AMSO 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 must be met as outlined in the current edition of NFPA 1582, Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments.
- Must not have been discharged under less than honorable conditions if the applicant served in the military.
- Must not have been dismissed or resigned under investigation from the public service for inefficiency, delinquency or misconduct.
- 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 all 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 fire administration of changes in address, phone numbers or other pertinent data during the hiring process may be dropped from current consideration.
- Applicants who have demonstrated poor maturity or a history of poor judgement in his or her decision making ability may be dropped from further consideration.
- An unstable work history may be cause for discontinuance based on the specific circumstances.
- Applicant must successfully pass a polygraph examination and be recommended for employment by a mental health professional under contract with the City after the administration of a psychological exam.