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Milwaukee Fire Department

Scroll to "Preference Points" section below
 to download the Preference Claim Forms
for Residency and Military Veteran.
The deadline to submit the forms is extended to January 20, 2015.

APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.   To be notified the next time applications are accepted, click here.

Click here to access the Study Guide for the 2015 Milwaukee Fire Cadet Written Examination.

Candidates who qualify for the 2015 Fire Cadet written examination were sent a separate email message with the required user ID and password.  If you did not receive an email message with this information please call (414) 286-5068.



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 on the starting date of the Fire Cadet Class.  Individuals born after December 5th, 1997 –or– before September 1st, 1995 are not qualified for this Fire Cadet examination.
  • High School graduation prior to July 1, 2015, with a four-year cumulative high school grade point average of at least 2.0 upon graduation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)]


  • Willingness and aptitude to learn the skills necessary to communicate effectively with a diverse population, in person and via telephone.
  • Willingness and aptitude to learn 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 training programs.
  • Ability to complete the required strength and conditioning physical fitness programs.


The current annual starting salary is $23,437 for City of Milwaukee residents. The non-resident annual starting salary is $22,859. The city offers a generous benefits package including 12 days of vacation, 11 paid holidays and 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 Nationally Registered EMT-Basic.
  • Must complete 24 college credits prior to completion of the Fire Cadet program and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA on applicable credits.


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 Candidate 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 examinations are tentatively scheduled for January 2015 with an anticipated class start date in August 2015.

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. 


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 in accordance with State Statutes and Fire and Police Commission Rules. 

  • 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.
  • Residency Preference Points Claim Form

In order to receive military veteran or residency preference points, the DD-214 or proof of residency must be provided as part of the application. Preference points claim forms and supporting documentation must be received or postmarked by January 20, 2015 by the Fire and Police Commission, Room 706, City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3554 or at


Application Process

The online application was available September 19, 2014 and accepted through December 5, 2014.   For more information call (414) 286-5068.  Online applications may not be submitted after the deadline, unless extended.



Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ)

  • Watch a video regarding completing the PHQ here

Oral Interview Examination Information