Entry level firefighter testing is conducted by the City of Lincoln Human Resources. Testing currently includes a written exam and oral board interviews.
An online 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.
Physical Ability Test (PAT)
Physical ability test will be a 1.5 mile run complete in less than 15 minutes. The PAT may take place on a treadmill or at an indoor setting. The PAT will not be weighed in your overall score, it is pass/fail.
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 structure panel interview during which candidates provide information about their skills, qualifications, background and interests.
Candidates who pass the oral board interview are placed on an eligibility list according to performance during the written and oral board interview.
EMS Interviews (for paramedics only)
The second interview includes questions that assess the applicants knowledge, skills, and abilities specific to paramedicine.
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.
Candidates will be subject to an extensive background check.
Prospective employees of LF&R will receive conditional offers from the Fire Chief. The final hiring decision will depend upon the results of a 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.
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