Firefighter Recruitment

General Firefighter Requirements

Those who apply for Firefighter Recruit must be:

  • At least eighteen years of age at the time of filing the online application.
  • A resident of the City of Pittsburgh at the time of filing the online application and continuously remain a Pittsburgh resident up to and throughout employment.
  • In excellent physical condition with vision corrected to at least 20/30.
  • Possess a current, valid Class C Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Operator's License and also be able to obtain and maintain throughout employment the Department of Public Safety, Fire Bureau-Driver's Certification of Emergency Apparatus.
  • Able to obtain and maintain the Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Technician Certificate.

The City of Pittsburgh, as a matter of policy, conducts a pre-employment and promotional background investigation on all applicants being considered for positions. Applicants may be disqualified from consideration based on the results of their background investigation (as it relates to the job for which the applicant is being considered).

2015 Firefighter Salary Rates

  • Firefighter Recruit: $147 per day while in the Training Academy.
  • ~$38,155 per year upon graduation from the Training Academy. 

Firefighter Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Vision and dental insurance
  • Pension plan
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Uniform allowance
  • Promotional opportunities

(Benefits may be modified based on collective bargaining unit terms.)


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