Become A Firefighter

St. George Fire Department

St. George Fire Department staff includes reserve firefighters, part-time firefighters, full-time firefighters, the Chief, Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal, a fire inspector, and an administrative assistant.

If you are interested in becoming a full-time firefighter, you will need to possess a current Utah or National Registry EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic certification. Reserve firefighters and part-time firefighters are not required to be EMTs.


Reserve firefighters do not receive a wage but do receive benefits through the City of St. George. The requirements of a reserve firefighter include, but are not limited to:

  • Residing in the fire district they are assigned to.
  • Attending weekly evening training sessions. 
  • Sleeping at a station on a rotating schedule.
To be eligible for the position of reserve firefighter, you:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must possess a valid Utah driver's license
  • Must live within the St. George city limits
Reserve firefighters will be required to successfully complete the St. George Firefighter Recruit Academy. The recruit academy is necessary to obtain the required certifications, which include Firefighter Level I and Level II, Hazardous Materials Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations, and CPR/AED certifications. Even if you already possess these certifications, you must still complete the academy. The Firefighter Recruit Academy teaches firefighting techniques that are specific to this geographical area and ensures all firefighters are at the same level of expertise when starting at the department. The Firefighter Recruit Academy takes about three months to complete. Typically, recruits will meet twice weekly in the evening and all day on Saturday.

Please be advised that you may not hear from the department immediately after you submit an application, but all applications are held until the next academy.  At that time, anyone still interested and eligible will be given an opportunity to test for entrance into the academy. Please do not reapply if you have not been contacted. You are welcome to contact Human Resources at 435-627-4670 to check the status of your application.   


Part-time firefighters are paid for the hours they work. There are no benefits with this position. Part-time firefighters who are also Utah or National Registry certified EMTs, AEMTs, or Paramedics receive a higher wage than part-time firefighters who are not EMTs.

A minimum of 45 hours worked each month is required to remain on the department. 

To be eligible for the position of a part-time firefighter, you: 

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must reside within 100-miles from St. George City center per St. George Fire Department Policy 1047 Residency Requirements at time of appointment and for the duration of employment.
  • Must possess a valid Utah driver's license (If residing outside the State of Utah within the 100-mile requirement of St. George City Fire Department Policy 1047 Residency Requirements, Driver license requirement must be approved by the City’s Human Resource Department for valid out of state license.)

You must possess the minimum certifications required for the position of a full-time firefighter at the time of application.

Full-time firefighters operate in three shifts on a 48/96 schedule.

Applicants for all positions will go through physical agility testing, an oral board interview, and written testing. Reserve firefighter applicants are required to attend an orientation meeting prior to testing so they understand reserve firefighter expectations. Spouses are encouraged to attend the reserve firefighter orientation.

Detailed information on each position and on the St. George Fire Department Physical Agility test can be found below. If you have additional questions, please contact our office.