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Who are We?

It is with pride, dedication and professionalism that members of Orange County Fire Rescue Department (OCFRD) serve citizens of Orange County. The Recruitment Office is committed to fostering an inclusive recruitment program for motivated individuals who are physically fit and possess good moral character.

Career Opportunities

Firefighter Recruit – OCFRD is accepting applications June 15-19, 2020

Orange County Fire and Rescue is looking to sponsor a group of hardworking and motivated individuals that have a passion to help others and the community. This an amazing opportunity for individuals looking to become firefighters but are not currently certified firefighters. This means that the candidates selected to become fire rescue recruits will attend certification courses at no cost to them, as well as be paid a full-time salary while attending classes. While attending school, recruits will participate in activities associated with preparing for the Florida State certification examinations for firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). Recruits who successfully complete all requirements for obtaining the Florida Minimum Standards Certification Examination for Firefighters and Florida EMT Certification within the required timeframe will be offered positions as Firefighter/EMT with Orange County Fire and Rescue Department (OCFRD).

It is very important that applicants also submit an interest card to recruiting. Candidates will be required to complete classroom and physical testing within specific deadlines in order to qualify. These deadlines are fast approaching. Upon submission of the interest card to recruitment, testing information will be provided to you. If you have already submitted an interest card, there is no need to do another.

Interest Card:

Click here to apply.

Currently Hiring Civilian Paramedics
Orange County Fire Rescue Department (OCFRD) is proud to be internationally accredited and maintain 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 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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All Other Positions

Please monitor our webpage and social for announcements regarding the next hiring opportunity for firefighters.

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.

Additional Opportunities

  • Emergency Dispatcher – This person receives emergency calls, determines the appropriate response of emergency resources, dispatches resources, and provides updated information to the responding resources.
  • 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 Planning/Technical Services.


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 Reserve Firefighter Application.

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 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 Accreditation (CHEA). 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.


Orange County Fire Rescue Department
Recruitment Office
6590 Amory Court
Winter Park, FL 32792

Recruitment Email:
Recruitment Phone: (407) 836-9023
Twitter @OCFireRescue
Facebook @OCFireRescue