Written Examination: All candidates must take a written examination that covers, but is not limited to, general knowledge, reading, comprehension, arithmetic, mechanical aptitude, and customer skills. A minimum of 70% correct must be scored to be considered eligible to continue the application process.
Our Fall 2017 written examination will include the Comprehensive Examination Battery, (CEB)” test offered through FPSI. Applicants may order the "CEB Candidate Orientation Guide" through the FPSI Website. The CEB Candidate Orientation Guide is in the middle of the webpage in the Firefighter section. For $10.00 applicants can use a credit card to pay for an instant download .PDF copy of the CEB Candidate Orientation Guide with several practice test questions. Once applicants pay for the download, they will click on a link to open the document and then right click to print it out. The CEB Candidate Orientation Guide cannot be downloaded from a smartphone, Apple product or Mac computer. It is best to download the CEB Candidate Orientation Guide from a PC using the Google Chrome browser when possible.
Physical Ability Evaluation:
This is designed to examine an applicant’s strength, stamina, and overall physical ability to perform the duties of a firefighter. There are eight tasks that must be performed within a specific time limit. An additional un-timed task tests the applicant’s ability to work at heights.
Personal History Statement: All qualified applicants are required to complete a comprehensive Fire Department personal history statement packet that will be used as a resource for a thorough background check.
Polygraph: Administered by third party.
Oral Review Board: Successful applicants in the above areas will participate in an oral review board. Board members are chosen from Fire Department and city human resource personnel.
Final Interview: The final step will be an interview with the Assistant Chief/Operations. Candidates are chosen from the pool of applicants who have passed all stages of the hiring process.
Pre-Employment & Post-Offer Test: An offer of employment with the College Station Fire Department is made contingent upon the passing of a pre-employment drug test, driving check and criminal check. Completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination by a licensed physician will then be required.