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Open Enrollment Notification

Get a notification for Fire Academy open enrollment.

Fire Cadet Requirements

Before you apply to become a firefighter for the Albuquerque Fire Rescue, you must provide proof that you meet all of the requirements below:


Must be at least 18 year of age by the end of the Open Enrollment period.

Certification & Licensure

  • Must possess a current State or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license at the basic level or higher by close of Open Enrollment.
  • Valid CPAT Certification, visit for more information on the CPAT and how to schedule a test.
  • Must possess a valid drivers license (out of state applicants must obtain a New Mexico driver's license within 30 days of being hired).
  • Possession of, or have the ability to obtain a valid Class E New Mexico driver's license by graduation from the academy.

Education and Service

  • Must be a High School Graduate or equivalent and
    • have transcripts showing 15 college credit hours earned with a minimum letter grade of "C", or
    • two years of military service with an honorable discharge
  • Must be a United States Citizen or Legal Resident.
  • Males under the age of 25 must be registered for Selective Service.

If you satisfy all of the items above, you are ready to apply!

* For information on the CPAT or to schedule a test, visit