Fire Rescue Employment

Making the decision to pursue a fire rescue career takes courage and dedication. Should you decide to become a firefighter, we encourage you to explore the benefits of joining our team.


Where do I go to fill out an application?

St. Johns County Fire Rescue Administration Office does not accept paper applications. Please submit your application and supporting documents online.

Where do I go for the Firefighter/Medial Skills Agility Test?

Contact the First Coast Technical Institute to register for the next Firefighter / Medial Skills Agility Test.

You can call or write the Academy at:

First Coast Technical College
2980 Collins Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 547-3381
(904) 547-3383

When can I turn in my application?

Applications for Fire Services are only accepted Online. The application must be complete with all required documentation before it will be considered for review.

Please call (904) 209-1700, Option 7 if you have additional questions.

When will someone contact me for the position?

If you’re chosen for an interview, you will be contacted by a human resource representative. Please do not call our office unless your application needs to have information updated.

How do I obtain State of Florida Fire Certification?

  • In order to be considered certified in the State of Florida, you must have attended a Fire Training Academy and passed the State exam.
    • You may contact First Coast Technical College via phone (904) 547-3542 or visit their website for more information.
  • Information about becoming a Florida certified firefighter may be obtained through the Florida State Fire College Bureau of Fire Standards and Training at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala, FL via phone (352) 369-2800 or visit their website
  • Information for becoming a Florida certified EMT or Paramedic may be obtained through the Florida Department of Health / Bureau of EMS in Tallahassee, FL by phone at (850) 245-4440 or

How do I become an auxiliary for St. Johns County Fire Rescue?

St. Johns County Fire Rescue is not currently accepting auxiliary applications.

If I am certified in another state, what must I do to become a Florida Certified Firefighter?

You must contact the State Fire College Bureau of Fire Standards at (352) 369-2800 Option 3, to have your current training and certification assessed.

Salary & Benefits


Firefighters assigned to the Operations Section work a 24-hour shift. All other positions with the exception of Fire Rescue Communications work 8-hour shifts.

Shift work: Working 24 consecutive hours and off 48 hours.


Firefighter/EMT positions start at $47,820.83

Specialty Pay Incentives

  • Paramedic – $9,800 annually
  • Rescue – $3.00 per hour for each hour worked on rescue
  • Special Operations – $1,560 annually
  • Investigator – $1,560 annually

Educational Incentive

  • 2-year degree in related field $150/quarterly
  • 4-year degree in related field $330/quarterly


Tuition Scholarships

  • St. Johns County Fire Rescue aggressively trains personnel in all fire rescue related aspects.
  • Throughout the year, courses offered include the certification programs of
    • Fire Officer I and II,
    • Fire Safety Inspector I,
    • Pump Operators,
    • and Hazardous Material Technician.
  • Additional courses related to such specialty operations as trench rescue, confined space and high angle are available at specified points during the year.

Paid Vacation, Holidays and Sick Leave

Applies to shift personnel:

  • 120 paid vacation hours/year (increases to 180 with 3 years of service)
  • 8 paid holidays per year for 24-hour Shift personnel
    • On duty personnel receive 2.5 times salary for 24 hours
    • Off duty personnel receive a “banked” 24 hours of usable leave
  • 144 paid sick hours accrued annually
  • Funeral leave
  • Military leave
  • Birthday leave (24 hours leave)

To be eligible for employment for the position of Firefighter with St. Johns County Fire Rescue, you must meet all of the following qualifications:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Be a high school graduate or possess a GED
  3. Possess and maintain current Florida EMT or Florida Paramedic certification
  4. Current Basic Healthcare Provider and/or Advanced Cardiac Life Support card
  5. Possess and maintain current Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance
  6. Possess a valid Class “E” Florida Driver’s License
  7. Driving record must meet the Department requirements for hire concerning Class A and Class B offenses.
  8. Be a nonuser of tobacco products for at least one year immediately preceding application, as evidenced by sworn affidavit. (F.S. 633.34)
  9. Successful completion of the Firefighters Ability Test administered by First Coast Technical College (valid for 2-years) or completion of the Firefighter Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) for new applicants administered by any other Florida municipality or county
  10. Must pass medical exam (NFPA 1582) after conditional job offer

FR/EMS Positions

St. Johns County Fire Rescue administers the hiring process for these positions.

We do not accept paper applications or resumes.

SJCFR Participates in E-Verify: E-Verify Participation Poster and Right to Work Poster

How to Apply Online

Please visit our career page at

Required Documents

The online application must be complete, and all required documents attached in order to be considered.

Documents to upload

  1. State of Florida EMT/Paramedic certification
  2. State of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance
  3. BLS/ACLS card
  4. High School or College Diploma
  5. DD214 (if applicable)
  6. Agility test results from First Coast Technical College (FCTC) or any Florida municipality or county which utilizes the Firefighter-Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
  7. Resume
  8. Complete addresses and phone numbers for Employer and Character References

Documents Required at Interview

  • Valid Florida Class E Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card