2016 Municipal Firefighter Exam

Please find key dates and resources for the entry-level exam.

Key Dates for the Firefighter Exam

    Written Examination Date:    April 16, 2016
    Application Deadline:    March 1, 2016*
    Notices to Appear for Written Exam Sent    April 1, 2016
    Notices to Appear for ELPAT Sent    May 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

    Written Examination Fee:    $200*
    Location:    Various Sites across the state
    Eligibility:    Entry-level, open to public

*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 
    (If you cannot view the exam poster, please open 2016 Municipal Firefighter Examination Poster in PDF.)
  2. Click the 2016 Firefighter Exam Application
  3. Click “Apply” to create an account and apply for the posting!

Be careful not to apply to the wrong exam posting!

Additional Resources

Study Guide



Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Date Time Location City/Town
2/11/2016 6pm-8pm Duggan Middle School
1015 Wilbraham Rd,
Springfield, MA 01109
2/13/2016 10am-12pm Worcester Fire Department-Training Center
141 Grove Street,
Worcester MA 01605
2/17/2016 6pm-8pm Worcester Fire Department-Training Center
141 Grove Street,
Worcester MA 01605
2/20/2016 10am-12pm E14 & L4,
174 Dudley St, Roxbury, MA
2/23/2016 6pm-7:30pm Cambridge City Hall 
 795 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Sullivan Chambers (2nd floor). 
2/23/2016 6pm-8pm Buttonwood Senior Center
Oneida Street

New Bedford, MA  02740
New Bedford
2/24/2016 5-7pm Fire Headquarters -600 High Street, Holyoke, MA Holyoke
2/27/2016 10am-12pm E48 & L28,
60 Fairmont Ave,
Hyde Park, MA
3/5/2016 10am-12pm E52 & L29,
975 Blue Hill Ave
Dorchester, MA
3/7/2016 7pm Canton Fire Headquarters Training Room – 99 Revere Street Canton


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