Firefighter Recruit – Now Accepting Interest Cards
Orange County Fire and Rescue is seeking interest from hardworking and motivated individuals that have a passion to
help others and the community as a firefighter/EMT or firefighter/paramedic. Submitting an interest card ensures
that you are in direct contact with recruiters who are able to provide the latest on hiring deadlines, testing,
qualifications and announcements, along with information on the Department's free mentoring program. Please check
back for hiring announcements and follow OCFRD on social at OCFireRescue.
Interest Card: ocfrd.com/interestcard
Currently Hiring Civilian Paramedics and Certified Firefighters
Orange County Fire Rescue Department (OCFRD) is proud to be internationally accredited and maintains an ISO Property
Protection Class 1 rating. OCFRD provides world-class fire rescue and full-service emergency medical services, to
include transport, within the 800 square miles of unincorporated Orange County and four municipalities. OCFRD has 42
community-based fire stations, with two new stations planned in 2020. Orange County Fire Rescue is also the home
department to the University of Central Florida, one of the largest universities in the country as well as the
second largest convention center in North America. OCFRD serves a population of over 870,000 residents. As the theme
park capital of the world, Orange County attracts nearly 200,000 daily visitors.
Firefighters have numerous promotional opportunities, along with the opportunity to join one of the many elite
specialty programs including the rescue diver/rescue swimmer program, the special access climber program, squad
technician program, EMS bike team program, or the unmanned aerial system unit. OCFRD has a reputation of providing
excellence in our continued training programs for firefighters and offers sponsorship to firefighters to obtain
their paramedic certification. This is an exciting opportunity to join the OCFRD family.
Please visit us on Facebook for upcoming CPAT (Candidate
physical ability testing) dates.
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Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
The CPAT is the initial physical ability test for potential fire rescue candidates. This is a timed test based off
of eight components. This test is offered on a monthly basis for those interested in becoming an Orange County Fire
firefighter, paramedic, firefighter recruit. Prospective candidates are encouraged to reach out to recruitment for
additional information on the CPAT.
- Emergency Dispatcher – This person receives emergency calls, determines the appropriate
response of emergency resources, dispatches resources, and provides updated information to the responding
- Fire Inspector I - This is a technical position requiring considerable initiative and sound
judgment in the enforcement and compliance of state and county fire codes and standards.
- Fire Apparatus Technician – This person performs preventive, predictive, and emergency
maintenance and repair of OCFRD apparatus. This includes performing skilled maintenance and repair of fire
emergency vehicles, hydraulic systems, fire pumps, fire equipment, diesel and small engines.
Positions are also available in Fiscal and Operational Support, Emergency Management, Infrastructure Support and
Become a Reserve Firefighter
Join the Orange County Fire Rescue Department Reserves to help reduce property loss caused by fire, hazardous
situations, injuries, deaths, and other emergencies. This is a non-paid volunteer program designed for both
certified firefighting personnel and civilian personnel. The Reserves provide participating citizens with a variety
of duties that range from administrative to actual firefighting. Get started by completing and submitting the
Become an Explorer Cadet
Become an Orange County Fire Rescue Explorer Cadet! Join the Explorer Cadet program and be part of real-life fire
and rescue. This program allows young people to learn about the many aspects involved in the fire-rescue service.
Members participate in training classes, community events, department drills, trips, competitions, and ride-alongs
with Fire Rescue crews.
As an Explorer Cadet you learn from working professionals. To join the Explorer Cadets you must be:
- 14-18 years old (once a member, Cadets can stay until the age of 21)
- Currently enrolled in High School
- A non-smoker
- Responsible with good moral character
- In good health to pass a medical exam
Get started today by emailing OCFRDExplorers@ocfl.net for details on our
next orientation class held throughout the year.
Diplomas & Degrees
If your education was obtained in the United States, the County recognizes degrees or diplomas which are accredited
by an agency recognized by the
United States Department
of Education (USDE)
or the Council for Higher Education
. If you have obtained education from a country other than the United States, your
degree or diploma must be evaluated to determine the United States equivalency by a member of the National
Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES) or the
Association of International Credentials Evaluations (AICE) at your expense.