Human Resources


Open Until Filled
$3,823.96 - $5,649.73 (effective July 1, 2022)

Interviews will be conducted periodically.  To be considered for a Firefighter position with the Independence Fire Department, applicants must complete the requirements outlined in the Firefighter Information Packet available by clicking the link above. 

*Applicants who are in the process of obtaining fire and certifications are eligible to participate in the hiring process and will be required to have successfully completed the certification process prior to offers of employment being extended. 

**Applicants who do not have a current CPAT certification may participate in the hiring process however must successfully pass the CPAT prior to an offer of employment being extended.

Position summary:  Performs duties, in both emergency and non-emergency situations, related to fire protection, emergency medical services, rescue services, hazardous materials response, and emergency management delivery. May be assigned to various support divisions and specialized teams within the Fire Department. Must be able to successfully complete NIMS 700, 200 and 100 training within 60 days after date of hire.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • MO Firefighter I & II Certification.  A.S. in Fire Science preferred 

  • MO/EMT license (Applicants with a valid MO Paramedic license will be given preference.  A 5% pay differential is applied when assigned to paramedic duties.)

  • CPAT (Candidate Physical Abilities Test) certification within the last 12 months

  • Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Level Certifications

  • Pass the Regional FF written exam (test scores will be considered during the selection process)

Position Requires:

  • MO Paramedic License OR MO EMT license accepted

  • MO Firefighter I & II Certification (IFSAC or ProBoard)

  • Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Level Certifications (IFSAC or ProBoard)

  • Valid State Driver’s License

  • Background investigation

  • Medical examination and drug test

Physical Demands:  Ability to lift heavy objects or persons in the course of rescue; ability to climb ladders, haul hose while wearing required protective clothing/gear; operate extrication equipment.

Typical Working Conditions:  Ability to work outdoors in varying weather conditions consisting of extreme heat and cold.  Applicant must be able to function under extremely difficult circumstances.


  • If Written Test is Needed: Metropolitan Community College at Blue River Campus:  20301 East 78 Highway, Independence MO, call 816-604-6725 to pay fee and schedule the test.

Accepting on-line applications at  For more information, please email the Independence Fire Department at


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