Friday, January 13th, 2023
Please join IAFF Local 1803, in congratulating Lieutenant Steven Ginder on being awarded the 2022 Outstanding Airmen of the Year Award for the 193rd Special Operations Wing. Master Sgt. Ginder (193rd ...
On Monday, October 25th, members from Local 1803 visited the offices of Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks. Local 1803 raised money this year through the sale of Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts....
Friday, October 22nd, 2021
Please consider purchasing 2021 Reading Fire Department Toy Drive apparel to help us get toys for local kids in need this Christmas. We appreciate you helping us in this great cause! Link posted below...
Hired on February 1st of 1995, Judd Weber began his firefighting career on the C-Platoon where he was assigned as a jumper after graduating the fire academy. Firefighter Weber remained a jumper on C-s...


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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