Job Descriptions and Application Process

The National Testing Network has created a “Virtual Testing” option for the Fire Teams Test, allowing applicants to take the test from home. For more information on Virtual Testing or to register for a Fire Teams Test visit:

*******2021 SFD Application Periods***********

Monday, March 29th 2021 to Monday June 28th 2021 @4pm CST

*******Springdale Fire Department Minimum Hiring Age Is Now 18 Years Old*******

Job Descriptions

Entry Level Firefighter Positions

Testing Location Date Time
NTN Testing Northwest Technical Institute 05/08/2021 2pm
CPAT Orientation/Practice/Test Fayetteville Training Center 05/22/2021 9am until completion
CPAT Orientation/Practice/Test Fayetteville Training Center 06/01/2021 9am until completion
NTN Testing Northwest Technical Institute 06/05/2021 2pm
CPAT Final Test Fayetteville Training Center 06/19/2021 9am until completion

 Applications can be completed using the current openings tab above.  


Application and Hiring Process

What you need to do: 

  • Register for a FireTEAM test date and time through the National Testing Network (NTN) at  Tests are offered nationwide multiple times a week, including Saturdays.  During the registration process, make certain you select "Springdale Fire Department" to receive your test results.  Upon completion of FireTEAM test, your results will automatically be forwarded to the Springdale Fire Department.  SFD requires the candidate to complete the PHQ.  You can access the questionnaire through your candidate account.  The PHQ must be completed by the closing date or you may not be considered further in the process.
  • Candidates must successfully complete a CPAT exam prior to the current application deadline.  CPAT results are good for one year and must be current at the time of hire.  Our local CPAT test is administered by the Northwest Arkansas Metro Chiefs Association.  Current CPAT schedules and registration information can be found at the Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Fire Chiefs website:  Candidates also have the ability to complete their CPAT certification through any certified IAFF/IAFC organization including but not limited to the National Testing Network.
  • Submit a completed City of Springdale application prior to the application deadline.  Be advised that applications will not be accepted outside of our advertised application period. 

Job Information

Salary Information: Annual starting salary:  $36,773 for a FF/EMT and $44,152  for a FF/Paramedic

Benefit Information: Health, Dental, Vision, LOPFI retirement, Optional Deferred Compensation Plans, Uniforms provided, Optional Supplemental Insurance Plans, and Holiday Pay.

Job Requirements

Age: 18 to 34 years of age (There is an exception for candidates over 34 years who have 2 or more years of previous experience as a paid firefighter with another fire department.  Please call (479) 751-4510 for details on this exemption.)

Must be legally eligible to work in the United States

Valid ARKANSAS State Driver's License: Yes/ or able to obtain upon hire

Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes

Vision: Correctable to 20-20 per NFPA Standard 1582.

Necessary Certifications:  Nothing required, but EMT certification is preferred.


Prior to Hiring:   High School Diploma or GED
Post Hiring:      Firefighter I &II 
                        Haz-Mat Awareness & Operations
                        Arkansas EMT License
                        (Post hiring education is provided by SFD, if needed.)

Felony, Criminal Activity Disqualifiers:  Any felony conviction related to drugs or crimes against a person.

Driving Disqualifiers:  One DWI conviction within past 12 months or more than one DWI.

Drug Use Disqualifiers:  Any felony conviction or failing a pre-employment drug screen.

Additional Disqualifiers:  If you are found to be falsifying any information on your application, you will be disqualified from employment.


Stephanie Sisco
Administrative Assistant