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2021 Fire Chief Exam

Please find the key dates and other information for the promotional exam.

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Key Dates for the 2021 Fire Chief Exam

Application opening date: February 22, 2021
Application deadline: March 16, 2021
Notice to Appear release date: April 21, 2021
Written Exam administration date: May 5, 2021 (Wednesday)
Education and Experience (E&E) Application deadline: May 12, 2021

Assessment Center administration date:  May 15, 2021 (Saturday)
Score release date: TBD
E&E Last Day to Appeal: TBD
Eligible List Establishment date: TBD

Written Exam Location: TBD
AC Exam Location: Hudson, MA
Application Fee: $250

Additional Resources

Next Steps

  1. Create your Civil Service online account.
  2. Read texts on the reading list.
  3. Registration for 2021 Fire Chief exam has been closed.
  4. Notice to Appear for Examination will be emailed: April 21, 2021

    Two weeks before the examination date you will receive a notice to appear by e-mail.  The notice will tell you the location and the time to appear for your examination.  Please check your junk or spam mail folder for the e-mail before contacting this office.

  5. Education & Experience (E&E) Application deadline: May 12, 2021

    Promotional exam candidates are required to file their E&E Claims; It is a mandatory exam component and will result in a failing score if the claim is not completed.  Supporting documentation will be accepted up to 7 calendar days following the examination date by email:

  6. Assessment Center administration date: May 15, 2021

  7. Score release date: TBD

    You will receive your examination result by email.

  8. Education & Experience (E&E) Last Day to Appeal: TBD

    Before filing an appeal regarding your E&E claim, please ensure that your submitted documentation supports the information referenced on your E&E claim.

  9. Eligible List Establishment date: TBD

    When the eligible list is established you will be able to view your rank.

Exam Eligibility

Please note that participating departments are listed within the exam posting, and you must find the posting that contains your department.

1YP-442: 1 Year Prior Experience, Examination Weights: 40% Written Examination, 40% Assessment, 20% Education & Experience

2021 Fire Chief (1YP-442)

Participating Department: Medford, Westfield
     Eligible Titles for department: Deputy Fire Chief

2021 Fire Chief (1YP-532)

Participating Department: New Bedford
     Eligible Titles for department: Deputy Fire Chief and District Fire Chief


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