Information for the Oral Exam can be found on the bottom of this page under MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION
Fire Cadets are uniformed civilian employees who work in an apprentice-style program designed to prepare Cadets for a career as Milwaukee Firefighters. Duties include training, administrative and clerical functions, as well as engine house duties. The assignments are widely varied so that the Fire Cadet will gain a broad range of operational and administrative experience. Fire Cadets are required to meet established program criteria to complete a prescribed course of college curriculum and a physical fitness program prior to being considered for appointment to Firefighter.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Complete physical training program in preparation for future Firefighter duties.
- Lift, carry and operate heavy tools and equipment.
- Perform maintenance of department equipment, buildings and grounds.
- Perform administrative and clerical duties such as typing, filing and data entry.
- Answer and direct phone calls.
- Perform general housekeeping duties.
- Assist with safety education, community and recruitment events.
- Assist with special projects as assigned.
- Must be at least 17 years old at time of application; and may not be more than 19 years old at time of appointment. Individuals born after November 25, 1996 –or– before August 3, 1994 do not qualify.
- High School graduation prior to July 1, 2014, with a four-year cumulative high school grade point average of at least 2.0 upon graduation.
- Residency in the City of Milwaukee must be established within six months of hire and maintained throughout employment. Note: The City’s residency requirement and its enforceability as set forth in City Charter 5-02 are currently in litigation. If you have questions regarding your individual circumstances as part of the application and/or selection process, please contact (414)286-5071.
- Physically able to perform Fire Cadet – and eventually Firefighter – training and job duties.
- Must possess a valid State of Wisconsin driver’s license within six months of date of hire, and maintain a valid driver’s license throughout employment with the department.
- Must successfully pass a Background Investigation. Applicants who have failed a Department background investigation may not apply for two years after the date of disqualification.
- You may not have been terminated / discharged or resigned with charges pending from either the Milwaukee Fire Department or Milwaukee Police Department within the last two years from the date of application.
- United States citizenship, or must have resided in the United States for at least five years immediately prior to the date of application and be legally authorized to work for any employer in the United States. Non-citizen applicants should request information regarding Fire and Police Commission rules and citizenship requirements at time of application. [FPC Rule VI.4.(b). and Rule XI.2.(b)]
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS:
- Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population, in-person and via telephone.
- Excellent customer-service skills.
- Ability to take direction from supervisors.
- Possess good moral character exhibiting honesty, responsibility, and trustworthiness with a positive attitude.
- Ability to complete the required firefighting educational and other collegiate programs.
- Ability to complete the required strength and conditioning physical fitness programs.
SALARY RANGE AND BENEFITS:
- The annual starting salary is $23,205 with increases to a maximum of $32,060 for residents of the City of Milwaukee. The annual starting salary is $22,862 with increases to a maximum of $31,587 for non-Milwaukee residents. The city offers a generous benefits package including two weeks of paid vacation after one year of service; 11 paid days off in lieu of holidays;12 days paid sick leave per year; health, dental, and life insurance; and tuition and textbook reimbursement.
- A 40-hour work week, with off-days by assignment.
- Note: Firefighters work one 24-hour shift every three days.
- Work assignments include various fire department and training sites.
- Attain and maintain licensure as a National Registered EMT-Basic.
- Must complete 24 college credits and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.
A Fire Cadet may become eligible for appointment to the next Firefighter recruit class upon meeting all of the following:
- Favorable recommendation of the Chief.
- Reaching the age of 21 years.
- Serving in the program a minimum of two years (maximum of four years).
- Satisfactorily completing the approved training program.
- Attainment of the required college credits.
- Possession of a valid Emergency Medical Technician certification by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and by the State of Wisconsin.
- Possession of a valid State of Wisconsin driver’s license.
- Successfully passing a Firefighter physical ability test.
- Passing a Firefighter medical examination, psychological evaluation, drug screen test, and updated background investigation prior to appointment to Firefighter.
- United States citizenship.
The examination process may include a written test, oral interview, physical ability test, and background investigation. All phases of the examination must be successfully completed in order to continue in the selection process. Failure in any segment of the examination disqualifies an applicant. The test takes into consideration the Firefighter job, since Fire Cadets who successfully complete the program may become Firefighters.
Candidates who successfully complete the written examination will receive information about the date, time, and location of the other testing components. The written examination is tentatively scheduled for January 2014 with an anticipated date of hire in August 2014.
If you will be unavailable for one or more portions of the examination due to military service or training, you must provide written notification to the Fire and Police Commission, City Hall Room 706 prior to the examination.
Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
- Candidates who successfully complete all phases of the examination will be placed on an eligible list. Candidates who turn twenty years old over the life of the eligible list will have their name removed from the list.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT TESTS – MEDICAL EXAMINATION, PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION AND DRUG TEST:
- Persons offered employment must pass a pre-employment medical examination, psychological evaluation, and drug test as a condition of employment.
- Final appointment to the position of Fire Cadet is contingent upon passing all pre-employment components, the number of vacancies, and approval by the Fire and Police Commission.
- Preference points may be added to the final passing score, if you are a bona fide resident of the City of Milwaukee when you apply. Proof of residency must be provided by a date determined by the Fire and Police Commission. Qualified veterans will receive military preference points added to the final passing score in accordance with State Statutes and Fire and Police Commission Rules.
THE MILWAUKEE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER THAT VALUES AND ENCOURAGES DIVERSITY.
Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) due Friday, April 4, 2014.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF THE FIRE CADET PERSONAL HISTORY QUESTIONNAIRE (PHQ) HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 4:45 PM ON FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014. THE FIRE CADET PHQ MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE FIRE AND POLICE COMMISSION (200 EAST WELLS STREET, ROOM 706, CITY HALL, MILWAUKEE, 53202) BY 4:45 P.M. ON FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014 OR POSTMARKED BY FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014. LATE PHQs WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
- Download the PHQ here
- Watch a video regarding completing the PHQ here
Oral Interview Examination Information
Information for Oral Exam Practice Sessions:
- Practice Session Flyer
- The password for the Practice Sessions is located in your Oral Exam Invite email or letter
Monday Practice session:
Wednesday Practice session:
Saturday Practice session:
FIRE CADET PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST (PAT) VIDEO: CLICK HERE