Become an Orlando Firefighter

Are you interested in becoming a firefighter in Orlando?

Sign up to receive notifications when job openings with the Orlando Fire Department become available.

We hire every one to two years. To make sure you don't miss this opportunity, we use "interest cards" to notify you when we post job openings. You can sign-up for interest cards even if you're still working on your certifications.


Step 1.Check your eligibility

We hire people who are State of Florida certified firefighters and EMT/Paramedics.

If you are not certified in the State of Florida, these guidelines hosted by the State of Florida will give you information about how to get certified:

How to Get Firefighter Certification

How to Get EMT or Paramedic Certification

You are not eligible if you:

  • Are not a U.S. Citizen.
  • Have used tobacco or tobacco products within the past year.
  • Have used or possessed, within the last three years any controlled substance.
  • Have a DUI/DWI conviction within the past four years.
  • Have been convicted of, plead "no contest" to, or had adjudication withheld for any felony crime.

Step 2.Fill out an interest card

We hire every one to two years. To be notified when it's time to apply, fill out an interest card on our job portal. Select "Public Safety" as the job category.

Even if you are in the process of getting your certifications, you are encouraged to fill out an interest card. 

Fill Out an Interest Card 

Equal Opportunity

The City of Orlando provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the City of Orlando complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

The City of Orlando expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of the City of Orlando’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Click here(PDF, 217KB) to view the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP) Utilization Report.

Click here(PDF, 755KB) to view the City’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan. 

Veterans’ preference

Veterans' preference is given according to Florida Law. Submission of a DD214 form and service-connected disability documentation (if applicable) is required for consideration. Call 407.246.2235 if you have questions.


The City of Orlando participates in E-Verify. For more information about E-Verify and your rights, please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

Additional Testing

Applicants selected for employment must pass a criminal background check and a medical exam including a drug screen. Final candidates for security, cash-handling positions and any other positions required by the City of Orlando will be polygraphed.

The City of Orlando has established a Drug-Free Workplace Program in accordance with City Policy 808.4 and Florida Statute 440.12.