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2024 102nd Cadet Class Hiring Schedule

The testing and selection process is designed to evaluate all applicants for the position of firefighter in the Albuquerque Fire Rescue. All requirements and steps in the process are mandatory.

102nd Cadet Class Applicant

Hiring Schedule

Application Process


July 1, 2023 - September 22, 2023 - Apply Online 

Document Submission Deadline for Local Applicants (includes CPAT certificate)

Visit to schedule CPAT.


September 22, 2023 by 5:00pm

Written Examination


September 25 - September 29, 2023 (Training Academy)

Out-of-Town Testing Process  (Document Submission Deadline for Out-of-Town Applicants: October 6, 2023)


October 9, 2023 (Written Test)

Structured Oral Interviews 


October 10 - October 13, 2023 (Convention Center)
Fire Chief's Selection October 30, 2023 - November 3, 2023
Notification of Candidates Selected November 1 - November 3, 2023

Cadet Orientation


December 20, 2023

102nd Cadet Class Start Date


February 12, 2024

102nd Cadet Class Graduation for EMT's

102nd Cadet Class Graduation for non-EMT's

June 14, 2024

August 16, 2024


Out-of-Town Applicants

An applicant that lives 100 miles or greater from the City of Albuquerque may participate in the Out-of-Town Applicant hiring process. To reduce travel time and expense, applicants will be scheduled for consecutive days (see above) to take the Written Examination and Structured Oral Interview. Each applicant must pass each element of the hiring process before proceeding to the next portion of the hiring process. Failure of any one element will result in removal from the hiring process.

Out-of-Town applicants must have all documents, including a valid CPAT certificate that indicates successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test, submitted by October 6, 2023. Failure to submit documents and obtain a valid CPAT certificate by the deadline will result in removal from the hiring process.


All applicants must complete the CPAT within one year prior to the written test. If you choose to obtain your CPAT certificate in New Mexico, you may contact:


All dates are subject to change without notice.

AFR personnel working with UNM Lifeguard