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Check this page periodically for notifications about open application periods for the positions of Probationary Emergency Medical Technician, Probationary Firefighter and Paramedic.


Submit a Job Interest Card for Probationary EMT,  Probationary Firefighter and Paramedic to be notified when other job opportunities become available.

The Fire Department offers three entry-level positions:
  • Probationary Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Probationary Firefighter
  • Paramedic
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What Do I Need to Apply for a Job in the Fire Department?

The required minimum qualifications for Probationary EMT and Probationary Firefighter are:

  • Must have a high school diploma, GED or state accredited equivalent.
  • Possession of a valid driver's license equivalent to a non-provisional, non-commercial, class C driver's license with fewer than four points. It does not have to be a Maryland license.
  • Must be at least 18 years old at time of application. There is no maximum age limit.
  • Must pass a physical examination, psychological evaluation, comprehensive background examination and a drug test.
  • Note: All applicants offered a position of employment will be required to sign a tobacco abstinence agreement.

In addition to the requirements above, applicants for the position of Paramedic must possess one of the following certifications:

  • Maryland Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic
  • Maryland Cardiac Rescue Technician
  • National Registry Paramedic
  • National Registry Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate 99

Employees hired with the Fire Department serve a probationary period of two years. Applicants are not required to possess any certificates or certifications to apply for entry-level Probationary EMT or Firefighter positions.

Learn About Our Jobs

When considering a job with the Fire Department, we strongly recommend that you learn about fire station life and the type of work that firefighters and EMTs do.

Our comprehensive presentation "Who We Are, What We Do" (PDF) will give you a sense of the Fire Department's mission and daily operations, training and station life.

Visit the Fire Department webpage to broaden your understanding of the agency.

Visit our Facebook page for Probationary Firefighter information session opportunities.

Salary and Benefits

The starting salary for Probationary EMTs and Firefighters is $38,394.

Starting pay for Paramedics is $56,920.

The Fire Department offers excellent benefits, including:

  • Annual salary review and longevity increments
  • Generous vacation and sick leave
  • Uniforms and personal protective equipment
  • An educational assistance program
  • Health, dental and life insurance coverage
  • Representation by a certified labor organization, the Baltimore County Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 1311
  • Excellent retirement and deferred compensation plans
  • Opportunities for career advancement

Job Application Guide

Before you apply for a job with the Fire Department, use this step-by-step guide to help you complete the County's job application form. Note that the County uses the same application form for all jobs, regardless of the department.

Prepare for the Tests

The Written Exam

The Fire Department application process includes a written examination.

The following test-taking resources can increase your chances of success on the written exam:

Physical Ability Test

The department invites applicants who pass the written exam to take the Physical Ability Test. A video of the Probationary EMT Physical Ability Test course and a video of the Probationary Firefighter Physical Ability Test course are available to assist applicants with preparing to take the test.

In order to participate in the Physical Ability Test, and depending upon which position you are applying for, candidates must have completed the Probationary EMT Medical Authorization Form (PDF) or the Probationary Firefighter Medical Authorization Form (PDF) and have the document signed by a doctor. Be sure to allow your doctor enough time to complete either of these forms. Candidates also need to complete an Applicant Data Form (PDF) and bring it with them to the Physical Ability Test.

The department holds practice sessions prior to the actual test so that candidates have the best possible chance of success.


If you have questions about or problems with your application or the written examination, contact the Office of Human Resources at 410-887-3135.

If you have other questions, use our online form to contact the Recruitment Unit.  

Revised May 25, 2021         


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