News Headlines
Thu. Apr 22nd 2021
When our well used GMI (gas measurement instrument) started to give us problems, we reached out to UGI to learn about purchasing a new one through them. UGI bought a brand new one and then generously ...
Tue. Jan 5th 2021
It is with great sadness and regret we report the passing of Firefighter Mark "Dewey" Kulp. Dewey was hospitalized after contracting Covid-19 on the job, and after multiple days in the hospi...
Sun. Dec 20th 2020
Our condolences to the family of Retired Firefighter Paul "Gumshoe" LerchFirefighter Lerch was hired in October of 1967 as a driver for the Hampden Fire Company. Lerch, who gained the nickna...
Fri. Dec 18th 2020
Reading Firefighters once again came to help our neighbors during our annual charity toy-drive campaign. With the pandemic of 2020 causing great difficulties for families across the country, many aspe...
Tue. Dec 1st 2020
ORDER#NameCurrent PositionNew PositionEffective Date2020-41Michael SninskyMedic 4 "A" PlatoonActing EMS Deputy Chief11.23.20202020-42Jason Batz Ladder 3 Tiller "D" PlatoonTraining ...


Firefighter/EMT Job Description - Firefighter/Paramedic Job Description

City Official Civil Service Page


  Careers in the Reading Fire Department are through Civil Service testing only.

Announcements are published in job searches, trade magazines, local newspapers and here on our website. 


DO NOT contact the chief's office



Applicants must be 18 - 35 years of age to apply.  

Personnel will then have the option of becoming members of the International Association of Firefighters

Getting hired as a firefighter/EMT, firefighter/paramedic is a multi-step process.


  • Announcements
  • Application - must be certified, fee
  • Testing - written examination
  • Scores - puts you on a list for continuing, based upon your test score
  • Physical - Your doctor must approve your participation in the Physical Agility Test.
  • Physical Agility Test - (CPAT)
  • Oral Interview
  • Civil Service List Certification
  • Physical - Performed by Fire Department Physician
  • Announcement of Hiring


Because we have been seeing an influx of firefighters coming from out of the area, please contact us to help you make the transition into the area. Moving to a new place can be challenging & stressful, whether you are on your own or bringing your family. We can provide you with information about the City of Reading & Berks County, in order to help our newest brothers.  


After being accepted, candidates will be placed into the Fire Academy for 6 months. Academy hours are from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. During the academy, you will be taught the skills necessary for your career with the fire department.


Firefighters passing the academy will be assigned to one of the department's 4 platoons working a suppression or EMS unit. Platoon hours are two 10 hour day-shifts, followed by two 14 hour night-shifts. Paramedic/Firefighters will be assigned to a platoon working EMS units. Your probationary period lasts 12 months (6 months in the academy and 6 months on the street). 

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