Welcome to the City of Albuquerque

Become a Firefighter

Information about qualifications, disqualifications and open enrollment.

Become a Local Hero

We're looking for professionals who want to be part of a progressive, innovative fire department committed to total quality service. Open Enrollment occurs at the beginning of each year.

The Albuquerque Fire Department does not supply applications for jobs within the fire department. Applications may only be obtained during the Open Enrollment period.

Applicant Handbook & Study Guide

Open Enrollment

Becoming a Fire Fighter

To be eligible for the Albuquerque Fire Department, applicants must be at least

  • 21-years-old (by the end of open enrollment)
  • Have High school diploma or GED
  • Be a U.S Citizen or Legal Resident
  • Possess a current, valid, and permanent State of New Mexico Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license at the basic level or higher;or National Registry Paramedic license, as a minimum requirement.

To enroll in a EMT Basic Course applicants may contact any New Mexico College or University, such as Central New Mexico Community College or the University of New Mexico's EMS Academy at (505) 272-5757.

Applicants licensed as EMTs in other states can apply for reciprocity as an EMT-Basic in New Mexico by contacting the NM Injury Prevention and EMS Bureau at (505) 476-8200.

Those who successfully pass the written entrance examination, Pack Test, Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and structure oral board are eligible for selection by the Fire Chief. If selected, applicants must then pass a background investigation and medical exam.

Cadet Disqualification List

Driver's License

Applicant’s must possess a valid driver’s license and out-of-state applicants must obtain a New Mexico driver’s license by date of hire.

Driving History

An applicant must not have a noticeable pattern of traffic arrests, citations and/or convictions within the last 3 years. Stop sign violations, red light violations, reckless driving, speeding and careless driving are just a few examples of traffic violations that could disqualify an applicant if he/she has developed a pattern.

Criminal History

Misdemeanor violation(s) will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A felony conviction will automatically disqualify an applicant. An applicant cannot have been convicted of Domestic Violence.

Illegal Drug Usage

An applicant must not have used any illegal drug that would amount to a misdemeanor crime if found in possession within the last 3 years. Also, an applicant must not have a noticeable pattern of illegal drug usage at any time in their background, not necessarily just within the last 3 years. This would include such drugs as: hashish, mushrooms, peyote, steroids, LSD, quaaludes, barbituates, inhalants, poppers and rush.

Exception: an applicant must not have used marijuana within the last two years.

An applicant must not have used an illegal drug which would amount to a felony crime if found in possession within the last 5 years. This would include such drugs as: cocaine, crack, amphetamines (e.g. speed), methamphetamine (e.g. ecstasy), heroin, morphine, PCP and opium.

Driving While Intoxicated

An applicant will be disqualified if he/she has had a conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol within the last 5 years whether from an administrative sanction by the Motor Vehicle Department, a criminal conviction or a military disciplinary action. In addition, an applicant cannot have committed multiple DWIs within the last 10 years whether by an administrative sanction from the Motor Vehicle Department, a criminal conviction or a military disciplinary action.

Employment History

An applicant must not have a history of unsatisfactory employment.

Dishonesty

An applicant must not intentionally or unintentionally omit facts during any part of the background investigation.

Personal Integrity

An applicant must not have committed any act(s) in their background that would indicate a lack of personal integrity or morality on the part of the applicant.

Military Service

An applicant must have had an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.

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