Fire Employment

Position Openings


Application Period: January 16, 2021
Written Exam:
February 15, 2021
First Round Interviews
: March 17, 2021
Chief's Interviews
: March 17, 2021
Run / Background Checks: March 24, 2021
June 2021
Final Job Offers
: July 2021
Meet and Greet:
August 2021
Academy Begins:
August 2021
Application Link

** All dates are projected and subject to change.**


Application Period: CLOSED (Projected 2021)


Application Period: OPEN

About: LF&R recognizes the value of providing opportunities to individuals seeking a career in the fire service. An internship with LF&R provides this type of opportunity as well as supporting the department's administration, training or maintenance division with much needed staff assistance in the ongoing efforts of the department. LF&R internships are unpaid career building opportunities where the intern and the department both benefit in some way.

LF&R interns must be willing to commit to at least 12 hours weekly, which can be schedule around a students class or courses, within the normal work week Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How to Apply: Please complete the attached application form. If an opening is available, someone will contact you for a follow up interview. For questions contact Division Chief Warnock (402) 441-7039.

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  • Medical, dental and vision benefits for employee and family.
  • Operations Firefighters work approximately ten, 24-hour shifts per month.
  • City of Lincoln pension plan.
  • Tax deferred compensation and Roth accounts available.
  • Vacation leave.
  • Sick Leave (approximately 144 hours per year, with unlimited accrual).
  • Life and Disability Insurance.
  • Employee Assistance Program counseling.
  • Uniform/Quartermaster.
  • Paid military leave (180 hours).
  • Other leaves include emergency, funeral, maternity leave, jury duty, family and medical.
  • Eligibility for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program $1200 per year.
  • IAFF Local 644 union membership available.
  • Employee Discounts (gym membership, cellphone service, and more).


  • Firefighter/Paramedic: $48,856 - $78,300
  • Fire Apparatus Operator: $67,290 - $75,636
  • Fire Captain: $75,910 - $88,705
  • Pay Scale


How to Become a Firefighter/Paramedic

LFR promotes a diverse workforce that represents the community it serves. LFR encourages females, minorities, and people from all backgrounds to apply.

How should I prepare to be a Firefighter/Paramedic?

  1. Acquire National Registry Paramedic Certification.
  2. Find out as much as you can about Lincoln Fire & Rescue. What do they do? What are the minimum requirements? Talk to Firefighter/Paramedics about their job and training. Request Ride-Along. (Please include: Name, DOB + Age, Phone Number, and day requesting the ride along.)
  3. Prepare yourself physically. For example, run, stretch, lift weights, carry things up and down stairs, and practice the physical ability test. Push yourself so you are prepared.
  4. Prepare yourself for the interviews. Practice interviews. Be prepared to answer questions about yourself, your education, and your past experience/jobs.
  5. Do volunteer work, such as with the Red Cross First Aid Team, at community centers, schools, volunteer fire departments, athletic teams, etc. Play on athletic teams. Any activitiy you do is a plus.
  6. Increase your any field. Post high school education in fire science, a current EMT License, Fire Fighter I Certification, or a National Paramedic Certification is desired.

Desired Qualifications

  • Read, write, and speak foreign language or languages
  • Advanced degree or education
  • Veterans encouraged to apply
  • Prior experience in fire/EMS services
  • Trade work/experience

Links to Paramedic Programs in Nebraska:

If you have any questions, please phone the City/County Human Resources Department, Employment Office at (402) 441-7597 or send an e-mail to: and someone will be happy to help you.

Minimum Requirements

  • United States Citizen
  • High School Graduate or GED Equivalency
  • Paramedic State certification at time of application. (Paramedic certificate can be from any state in the U.S.)
  • National Registry Paramedic Certification at time of hire
  • Nineteen (19) Years of Age or Older
  • No Felony Convictions
  • Valid Driver License with 30 days
  • Eyesight requirements: strong eye 20/40, Correctable to 20/20, and weak eye 200/100, corrected to 20/40, must not be color blind
  • Good Physical Condition, able to complete 1.5 mile run under 15 minutes
  • Speak, Read, and Write English

Recruitment Videos


Entry-Level Firefighter testing is conducted by the City of Lincoln Human Resources. Testing currently includes a written exam and oral board interviews.

Written Exam

A written exam will be held as the first part of the testing process. Candidates must receive a passing score as determined by City of Lincoln Human Resources. Lincoln Fire & Rescue will hold a prep course for those interested (a link will be provided when dates are determined). Each session is taught by firefighters who are familiar with written test procedures. Firefighters will be available to answer questions post workshop. Upon completion of the written exam, candidates will be directed to the physical ability test site.

Instructions for the exam session are read aloud by the test monitor. The test requires that applicants read printed materials and record their answers on an optically scanned computer answer sheet.

Physical Ability Test (PAT)

Physical ability test will be a 1.5 mile run completed in less than 15 minutes. The PAT will not be weighed in your overall score, it is pass/fail.

Oral Board Interview

Candidates who successfully complete the written exam/PAT will be notified of the date, time, and location of the oral board interview.

The oral board interview is a structured panel interview during which candidates provide information about their skills, qualifications, background and interests.

Candidates who pass the oral board interview are placed on a eligibility list according to performance during the written and oral board interview.

EMS Oral Board Interview

The second interview includes questions that assess the applicants knowledge, skills, and abilities specific to paramedicine.

Eligible List

The role of the City of Lincoln Human Resources department is to establish an eligible list of candidates who pass the written exam and oral board interview. Candidates will be selected for a final interview with the fire chief of Lincoln Fire & Rescue.

Background check

Candidate will be subject to an extensive background check.

Conditional Offer

Prospective employees of LF&R will receive conditional offers from the fire chief. The final hiring decision will depend upon the results of a rigorous psychological and medical evaluation.


Questions about the testing process, including questions regarding the application process, test dates and veteran's scoring criteria should be directed to the City of Lincoln Human Resources Department at 402-441-7597.

For all other questions about the hiring process, please email

Recruit Training 

Once offered a position, all candidates must successfully complete our in-house, paid recruit training program. Upon successful completion of recruit academy, firefighter recruits are assigned to an operations division company to complete their probationary period. Recruits will be requred to complete a fire taskbook as well as a paramedic preceptorship which will be at seperate times. Paramedic preceptorship will consist of 28 days functioning on a medic unit under the supervision of a Lincoln Fire & Rescue paramedic preceptor.

In addition to comprehensive classroom instruction, the program includes training in firefighting techniques and equipment use. Lincoln Fire & Rescue recruit academy is known as a hands-on, drill-intensive training program. Recruits are evaluated daily and must successfully complete all training elements in order to graduate.

This physically and mentally intense 18 week academy prepares firefighters for a career with Lincoln Fire & Rescue. Candidates who complete the recruit academy, will earn Firefighter I Certification as well as receive training in technical rescue, hazardous materials and EMS.

Preparing for Recruit Training

Before recruit training begins, an orientation night is offered by Lincoln Fire & Rescue. This orientation is provided to the new recruit and their significant other/family to learn more about the training program and what to expect, as well as ideas on how to prepare for this intensive time.

There are times that the demands on the recruit may impact family members and/or partners. The department offers recruits a number of resources and support systems during this time.