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Wichita Fire Department

Wichita Fire Department

Heroes Wanted!

The Wichita Fire department was founded in 1886 when Wichita outgrew its volunteer department. The Wichita Fire Department is comprised of 388 members working at 18 neighborhood fire stations. Firefighters respond to over 27,000 emergencies each year and cover over 130 square miles of Wichita and Sedgwick County. The Wichita Fire Department currently staffs 17 fire stations within the Wichita city limits. The stations have been spaced throughout the city in an effort to optimize response times. It is the goal of the Wichita Fire Department to arrive at the scene of an emergency within four minutes of receiving the call.

What does it take to be a part of the City of Wichita’s Fire Department?
It takes strength, courage, common sense, problem-solving skills and the willingness to want to help others. Do YOU have what it takes?

The Wichita Fire Department wants capable men and women who are interested in a career in fire fighting. As a Fire Fighter, you will perform technical and professional services for the citizens of Wichita. In emergencies such as a fire, flood, tornado, explosion or car and home accidents, Fire Fighters meet their most severe test. They must have the ability and dedication to educate children, residents, and business people to be aware of the need for fire prevention and protection.

Age: Candidates must have reached their 18th birthday at the time of employment.
Residence: Fire Department employees are required to live within 30 minutes legal driving distance to the corporate city limits. Fire Fighters must maintain a phone at their place of residence.
Education: Candidates must be high school graduates or possess a G.E.D. certificate. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification is required prior to employment.
Character: Candidates must have the ability to relate to people in a positive manner. Candidates are subject to an employment history and background investigation by the Wichita Fire Department.
Physical: Weight must be proportionate to height. Vision may not exceed 20/40 binocular without glasses, correctable to 20/20 binocular. Extended-wear contact lenses may be worn while on duty.
Military: Candidates with prior military service are required to furnish a copy of their discharge.
License: Candidates must possess a current, valid Kansas Drivers License at the time of employment, with a good driving record.
Work Schedule: The work schedule is 24 hours on duty, then 48 hours off duty. Example of a typical work schedule: On duty 7:00 AM Monday to 7:00 AM Tuesday. Off Tuesday and Wednesday, then on duty again at 7:00 AM Thursday.
Work Schedule: The work schedule is 24 hours on duty, then 48 hours off duty. Example of a typical work schedule: On duty 7:00 AM Monday to 7:00 AM Tuesday. Off Tuesday and Wednesday, then on duty again at 7:00 AM Thursday.
Training: The Wichita Fire Department provides you continuous training. A recruit is trained prior to becoming a fire fighter and being assigned to a fire fighting company. You will learn about fire prevention, fire suppression and emergency medical techniques. In addition, Fire Fighters will receive education in Fire Management and Fire Administration. Training never stops; you are kept up-to-date with rapidly advancing technologies.



30 minutes lawful driving time of the corporate limits of the City, by the most direct route. Such employees are to maintain their residence according to the requirements of the ordinance as long as the City of Wichita employs them.

It is the declared policy and practice of the City of Wichita to extend equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons in all occupations and all levels of occupation without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age or disability except in cases of bona fide occupational qualifications. The City of Wichita does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.


Human Resources Department
City Hall, 2nd floor
455 North Main
Wichita, KS 67202
(316) 268-4531
To learn more about The Wichita Fire Department please visit http://www.wichita.gov/CityOffices/Fire/