Burlington Fire Department


The Entry Level Firefighter application period is open through February 29th, 2024.

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  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Valid driver's license 
  • EMT Certification (NREMT, VT or Equivalent)
  • Valid CPAT certification obtained no more than 12 months prior to time of application. Not required at time of application, but due by May 6th, 2024.

Application Process:

Listed below is the anticipated timeline for the current hiring process. The timeline is subject to change. 

Application Due Date: February 29th, 2024

Written Exam: March 8th, 2024 & March 9th, 2024. The written exam will be an online Entry-Level Firefighter Test consisting of 100 questions. Offered at the same time will be a Work Styles Inventory (WSI) Test consisting of 85 questions. The WSI predicts job perfomance related to applicable fire service criteria. The online test requires access to a laptop or desktop computer. Applicants will pay a $35 fee to take the exam. Applicants experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to submit an email request for financial aid to bfdadmin@burlingtonvt.gov. Likewise, applicants who are unable to access a laptop or desktop computer are requested to submit a request for accommodation via email to bfdadmin@burlingtonvt.gov

Exam Information: 


CPAT Due Date: May 6th, 2024.

Phone Interview: March 11th, 2024 - March 29th, 2024. 

Virtual Panel Interview: April 1st, 2024 - April 5th, 2024

Receipt of Conditional Offer of Employment: April 8th, 2024 - April 12th, 2024

Medical & Background Checks Completed: April 15th, 2024 - May 17th, 2024

Recruit Academy Start Date: TBD


CPAT Testing Opportunities: 

The State of Vermont is no longer offering CPAT Testing. Below are CPAT Testing options available in New England.

New Hampshire 


Our firefighters work a unique 48/96 shift schedule, meaning 48 hours on and 96 hours off. Starting salary for an entry-level firefighter is $58,514 base pay with an additional 4% for Advanced EMT and 10% for Paramedic certifications.

Benefits include:

  • Medical/Dental Insurance Coverage
  • Pension Plan
  • Annual Retention Bonuses
  • Military Benefits
  • Life Insurance
  • Contributory Retirement Plan
  • Paid Leave (Sick and Vacation)
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Education benefits through Champlain College TruEd   
  • Discounted Gym Memberships
  • Wellness Bonus Program
  • Local Resort and Store Discounts
  • Subsidized Transportation Options

Most of the common questions we receive from interested applicants are answered in our section “How to Become a Burlington Fire Fighter.”