• Full Time
  • McKinney, TX
  • Salary: Recruit $59,539.69 - Firefighter $62,673.36

City of McKinney

*The City of McKinney is now accepting applications for Firefighter/Paramedic*

**The City of McKinney Fire Department will be offering an information session, “How to Become a McKinney Firefighter” on Friday, May 10 at 6:00 PM at the Collin College Conference Center (2400 Community Ave. McKinney, TX 75071). Interested candidates are encouraged to attend. Information related to the hiring process, benefits, and employment as a Firefighter/Paramedic will be given. There will also be a demo of the Physical Ability Test on Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 AM at Collin College – Public Safety Training Center (3600 Redbud Blvd, McKinney, TX 75069).

More information can be found at https://www.mckinneytexas.org/Index.aspx?NID=157

Application and submittal:

Application Deadline: Friday, May 24, 2019 @ 5:00 PM or until 500 Qualified Applications are Received
Written Exam Test Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
Physical Ability Test Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019

*Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be notified of the test time and location via e-mail. Applicants must have a current email address*

Base Salary:  Recruit $59,539.69 – Firefighter $62,673.36 – Paramedic Pay $200 monthly


Working for the City of McKinney is more than a job.  It is an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.  It is also an opportunity to have a hand in the development of one of the fastest growing communities in the nation.  In 2014, our community was named “The #1 Best Place to Live in America.”  Although proud of that honor, everyone on our team is committed to making McKinney an even better place to live, work and raise a family.  That’s why we exist.

City of McKinney employees work hard and at a very fast pace.  However, we also look after and support one another.  All of us are guided by four employee-inspired values – Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence (RISE).  We are also supported by servant-based leaders who foster and support a healthy, family-oriented culture.  All new employees are expected to embrace and live by our core values and commit to helping us sustain our exceptional work environment as a high performance organization.

Under general supervision, the purpose of the position is to perform fire prevention, fire suppression, rescue duties, and act as Firefighter-EMT/Paramedic. Employees in this classification perform highly skilled, technical level work. Position is responsible for providing life and property protection. Performs related work as required.

Required Qualifications 

  • Must be at least 20 years of age by test date and 21 years of age by date of hire (conditional job offer)
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must have at least 30 semester hours of credit from a nationally or regionally   accredited college in the United States with a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Neither Basic Firefighter Certification nor EMT/Paramedic Certification are required to apply. Must successfully complete all pre-employment testing. Must obtain valid Texas Class B driver’s license within one (1) year of hire, possess a good driving record and maintain a good driving record while employed. Will be removed from consideration for this selection process if not 21 years of age at time of conditional job offer.

Minimum passing score on the written exam is 80%.

Candidates with an Honorable Discharge from the military as documented on their DD-214 will receive an additional 5 points to their minimum passing score of 80 on the written exam.


Hiring Process

Application Review:
Once your application has been submitted, minimum qualifications are verified. Applicants meeting all minimum requirements are invited to test via email. Incomplete applications result in disqualification. Applicants must successfully complete each phase of the hiring process to advance to the next step.

Written Test:
The written test is a basic knowledge test that includes reading ability, math ability, writing ability, map reading, and interpersonal competency.

Personal History Statement:
Qualified applicants will be asked to complete and turn in a Personal History Statement (background packet) if they are invited to the Physical Ability Test.

Physical Ability:
The Physical Ability Test is similar to the IAFF/IAFC CPAT test. There are seven events and the applicant will be required to wear a weighted vest and helmet during events #2 – #7.

Passing time for Physical Ability is seven (7) minutes or less.

  • Event #1 – The applicant must climb a 100-foot aerial ladder placed at a 75° angle, at full extension, touching the top rung with one hand. This portion of the test is not timed.
  • Event #2 – The applicant must climb the drill tower steps a total of two times wearing an additional 25 pounds added to the applicant’s vest.
  • Event #3 – The applicant will drive a beam (ventilation sled) the distance of approximately 5 feet with an 8-pound sledgehammer.
  • Event #4 – The applicant will drag a 200-foot, 1.75-inch fire hose a distance of 75 feet, make a 90 degree turn and continue dragging the hose an additional 25 feet. The applicant will drop to at least one knee and pull 50 feet of the hose into a marked box.
  • Event #5 – The applicant will remove two saws from a cabinet, carry them 75 feet and return them to the cabinet.
  • Event #6 – The applicant will lift a 24-foot extension ladder from the ground and walk it to an upright position; the applicant will extend and lower the fly section of a 24-foot extension ladder.
  • Event #7 – The applicant will drag a mannequin 35 feet, around a drum, and back to the original starting point.

Automatic Disqualifiers

Specific disqualifiers:

  • Currently on probation or indictment for any criminal offense
  • Other convictions will be considered case by case
  • Discharge from the military under less than honorable conditions including:
    • Bad Conduct
    • Dishonorable
    • Other than honorable condition
    • Any other characterization of service indicating bad character
  • An incomplete or falsified application
  • An incomplete or falsified personal history statement

Drug Use:

  • The use of marijuana or marijuana substitute recreationally within the past 12 months.
  • Illegal drug use (except marijuana) of any kind within the past ten years.
  • Any illegal use of PCP or LSD regardless of time.
  • Misuse of prescription medications (including illegal steroids) on a case by case basis.
  • Intentional misuse of product on a case by case basis, i.e. tetraflouroethane (propellant in compressed air).
  • Sale or distribution of any drug illegally regardless of time.
  • Extensive use of any illegal drug will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Factors considered are number of times, length of usage and lifestyle improvements.

*The Fire Department reserves the right to disqualify an applicant for any drug use regardless of the specific disqualifiers listed herein.

Driving Record:

  • Your driver’s license is currently under suspension or revocation
  • You are not able to obtain a valid Class B Texas Driver’s License (required after conditional job offer)
  • As of date of entrance exam, your driving record contains three or more moving violations or two at-fault vehicle accidents within the past two years
  • As of date of entrance exam, you’ve been convicted within the past three years of any of the following:DUI/DWI or other chemical substance-related driving
  • Hit and Run
  • Failure to stop and render aid at the scene of an accident
  • Failure to disclose identification at the scene of an accident
  • Negligent manslaughter involving a motor vehicle
  • Excessive standard moving violations such as speeding, reckless driving, disregarding a traffic control signal, failure to signal, failure to keep right, following too close, etc.


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disabilities. The City of McKinney does not discriminate on the basis of disability status in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs, services or facilities. To request reasonable accommodations for the Firefighter Examination, please submit your written request no later than May 24, 2019 to:

City of McKinney Human Resources Director
201 W. Louisiana St.
McKinney, TX 75069
[email protected]

Requests for reasonable accommodation should specify the name of the applicant, the type of accommodation needed and the reason for the accommodation.

Physical Demands: 
Tasks involve the ability to exert heavy physical effort in heavy work with greater emphasis on climbing and balancing and typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, and the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of heavy objects and materials (up to 100 pounds); may occasionally involve heavier objects and materials (100 pounds and over).

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