Examination Information:

Written Examination Date:April 16, 2016
Application Deadline:March 1, 2016*
Written Examination Fee:$200*
Location:Various Sites across the state
Eligibility:Entry-level, open to public
Notices to Appear for Written Exam SentApril 1, 2016
Notices to Appear for ELPAT SentMay 31, 2016
Score Release Date:November 9, 2016
Employment/Experience (E/E) Last Day to Appeal:November 25, 2016
Eligible List Established Date:December 1, 2016

*There is an additional $50 late fee for applications received after March 1, 2016. Applications will NOT be accepted after March 21, 2016.

Candidates must take and pass written and ELPAT to receive a final score.  ELPAT testing will end in September 2016.

Next Steps: 

Please ensure that your email address is up to date on your account.  If you need to change anything on your account, please follow the instructions: Updating Your Account

Once the list is established you may see your rankings here: Firefighter 2016

The following are general steps in the hiring process for Municipal Firefighter positions:

1. Fire Department contacts Civil Service Unit for list of eligible candidates.
2. Based on number of vacancies the Civil Service Unit releases a group of candidates to the Fire Department for consideration.  All parties are contacted by email.  
3. Fire Department begins the hiring process which may include the following;

a. Candidate fills out extensive employment packet
b. Background investigation
c. Interview

Once a candidate receives a conditional offer, the following steps are for all candidates;

a. Medical exam
b. Initial-Hire Physical Abilities Test (PAT)

Some Fire Departments send candidates to the Fire Academy for further training.  Please contact those departments you are interested in for more information.  

Entry-Level Employment/Experience Credit FAQs

To apply for the Firefighter exam:

  1. Read the examination poster: 2016 Municipal Firefighter Exam 

        (please open this attachment if you cannot view the webpage: 2016 Municipal Firefighter Examination Poster  pdf format of 2016 Municipal Firefighter Examination Poster

  1. Click here to reach the application
  2. Click “Apply” to create an account and apply for the posting!

Problems with Payment?  docx format of Problems with Payment?

Be careful not to apply to the wrong exam posting!

Study Guide: 

Firefighter Examination Study Guide  pdf format of Firefighter Examination Study Guide
Exam Date: April 16, 2016

Firefighter Physical Ability Test Preparation Guide


Q: When will I receive my scores?

A: Scores will be issued in Fall after all candidates have completed both components (written & ELPAT) of the 2016 Firefighter examination.

Q: What happens if I fail the ELPAT before the written exam date (April 16, 2016)?

A: Since you did not take the written component yet but have no chance to be on the eligible list due to failing the ELPAT component, you may receive a partial refund of the examination processing fee, in the amount of $100. You must request this refund by sending an email to elpat@state.ma.us. Please note that you will not be allowed to take the Written Examination if you have failed the ELPAT.

Q: What happens if I take and pass the ELPAT before the written examination date (April 16, 2016) and then fail the written examination?

A: You will not receive a refund for either component.

Q: I can’t attend my scheduled ELPAT date, can I re-schedule?

A: With the exception of current military personnel who cannot be in Massachusetts on the scheduled date of the ELPAT, no applicant has a right to a make-up examination due to personal or professional conflicts on the testing date.  If you are unable to appear for your scheduled ELPAT date due to an emergency or unanticipated hardship, you may request a make-up date, by sending an email to elpat@state.ma.us with verifiable documentation to HRD no later than 7 calendar days from the originally scheduled date. HRD reserves the right to approve OR deny your request. HRD may require an additional examination processing fee upon approval of your request. Such requests will be processed on a first-come first served basis.

Q: What happens if I fail to attend my scheduled ELPAT?

A: You will automatically fail the Firefighter examination and will not be placed on an eligible list.

Q: Is there an opportunity to preview the ELPAT?

A: Yes, information will be provided once a candidate has been scheduled for their ELPAT.

Q: What are the ELPAT events?

A: Please see our website for the Firefighter Physical Ability Test Preparation Guide detailing each event: Physical Ability Test Information for Candidates

Q: What date will my ELPAT be scheduled for?

A: Your ELPAT date will be scheduled by HRD based on when your application is received. Once an application is received and a valid payment or fee waiver has been approved, your ELPAT will be scheduled by HRD for the next available time slot.


Upcoming Open Houses for 2016 Firefighter Examination

2/11/20166pm-8pmDuggan Middle School
1015 Wilbraham Rd,
Springfield, MA 01109
2/13/201610am-12pmWorcester Fire Department-Training Center
141 Grove Street,
Worcester MA 01605
2/17/20166pm-8pmWorcester Fire Department-Training Center
141 Grove Street,
Worcester MA 01605
2/20/201610am-12pmE14 & L4,
174 Dudley St, Roxbury, MA
2/23/20166pm-7:30pmCambridge City Hall 
 795 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Sullivan Chambers (2nd floor). 
2/23/20166pm-8pmButtonwood Senior Center
Oneida Street

New Bedford, MA  02740
New Bedford
2/24/20165-7pmFire Headquarters -600 High Street, Holyoke, MAHolyoke
2/27/201610am-12pmE48 & L28,
60 Fairmont Ave,
Hyde Park, MA
3/5/201610am-12pmE52 & L29,
975 Blue Hill Ave
Dorchester, MA
3/7/20167pmCanton Fire Headquarters Training Room – 99 Revere StreetCanton