MFD Employment

Missoula Fire Department Firefighter Eligibility Qualifications

The Missoula Fire Department (MFD) is a full-time career department. We accept applicants on an annual basis and hire based on vacancy and budget allowances. We determine candidates based on qualifications which include experience, EMT requirements, certifications, and successful completion of both a written and physical test.

To be considered for employment, applicants must have a valid driver’s license, a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent certification, and be at least 18 years-of-age. Our department also requires that applicants be certified as an EMT-Basic with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT-B) or as a Montana EMT Basic.

2021 Firefighter Application Process

MFD's current application period for Probationary Firefighter Trainees is closed. A typical application process will include: 

  • Completion of a City of Missoula on-line application andMFD Station 1 Apparatus and Crew submittal of all required documents and certifications to the City of Missoula Human Resources Department.
  • Register with Public Safety Testing (PST) to complete your required physical and written exams at Public Safety Testing (PST).  For questions about the written exam or CPAT testing, please contact PST at
  • Interviews for the Missoula Fire Department hiring pool will be conducted annually. To be considered for employment, potential hires must have completed and passed both the written and physical portions of the MST tests. 
  • Missoula Fire Department will post dates for our next application period as soon as they are available.

MFD is strongly recommending that you take your written and physical tests as soon as possible after dates are posted. Sign up at the PST website  for available options. 

MFD makes its best effort to send letters of acceptance or denial throughout our process to all of our interested candidates. 

Montana Firefighter Testing Consortium

The Missoula Fire Department is a member of the Montana Firefighter Testing Consortium along with other Montana state fire departments including Belgrade, Big Sky, Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Miles City, Lockwood Fire District, Kalispell, Frenchtown Rural Fire, and the Missoula Rural Fire District. 

For 2021, the Montana Firefighter Testing Consortium has contracted with Public Service Testing (PST) to complete its testing criteria. PST will be offering and hosting both the physical and written portions in multiple formats and locations. Visit the PST website for more information about finding a testing site near you. 

At the conclusion of each year's testing, applicants who successfully complete the testing may submit applications with any of the participating departments (application deadlines and requirements may vary for each department). 

Additional Testing Information

Each participating consortium department conducts additional selection processes in conjunction with the testing process.

Testing Information

 The City of Missoula and the Missoula Fire Department is an equal employment/affirmative action employer.

firefighter in testing

Additional Information

  • If you are interested in employment with MFD and are interested in participating in a ride-along, please contact us at 406-552-6210 to request approval by one of our chiefs.  ***PLEASE NOTE THAT CURRENT COVID-19 PROTCOLS DO NOT ALLOW FOR RIDE-ALONGS AT THIS TIME.
  • Additional informational items regarding the test and testing process are available on the Public Safety Testing Website.
  • MFD's interview process is fluid based on the testing process and hiring needs.
  • Additional questions about the City of Missoula's hiring processes should be directed to the City of Missoula Human Resources Department at 406-552-6130.