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.
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).