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Looking for a rewarding career where you can contribute to the community?

Consider a career in the fire service with Hastings Fire & Rescue. Although the work is tough, firefighting is a highly rewarding career, providing a vital service to the community. Professional firefighters work as a team to protect life and property during all types of emergencies. As a member of the fire service, you will partake in many different life-saving duties including fire emergency response, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, high angle and rope rescue, vehicle extrication, water and ice rescue, building inspections, and public safety prevention/education.

About the Career

The Hastings Fire & Rescue Department currently employs 27 full-time firefighters, up to 32 part-time firefighters, and 4 full-time administrative staff. HFR operates with three shifts, each on duty for 24 hours and off for 48 hours. They work year round including holidays and weekends. A, B, and C shift each operate with nine personnel, including a Captain, Lieutenant, five firefighter/paramedics, and two firefighter/EMT's.

General Qualifications

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Be a US Citizen

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED

  • Have, or be able to obtain, a valid Nebraska driver's license

  • Be able to obtain Nebraska EMTB license by date of hire

Helpful Education and Experience

Fire Science Degree or related fire service classes. Emergency Medical Technician experience. Paramedic training and experience. Military firefighting experience. Prior experience in the Fire service. Construction or Trade experience.

Application Process

The City of Hastings does not take applications in advance of an open recruitment. Applications are only available during the active recruitment process.

1. Current applications are due no later than 9am CST January 2, 2019. All applicants meeting eligibility requirements will be notified of their continuance in the process.

2. Eligible applicants will be invited to take the FireTeam written exam, which may be completed in one of two ways:

            a.  Eligible applicants may take the FireTeam test at any National Testing Network site. To fill out an application and schedule a test, go to www.NationalTestingNetwork.com, select “Fire” and sign up for the Hastings Fire-Rescue Department. Applicants choosing this option must have their test scores submitted no later than 5pm CST Jan. 12, 2019.


              b.  Eligible applicants may take the FireTeam test at Hastings Fire-Rescue on January 26, 2019. Applicants must notify Hastings Fire-Rescue of their intent to test on-site no later than 5 pm CST January 12, 2019.

3. Applicants choosing option A above (taking the FireTeam test at a National Testing Network testing site) and successfully scoring 70% or higher will be invited to attend the Hastings Fire-Rescue Physical Ability Test on January 26 or 27, 2019. Applicants need only attend one day, and will be scheduled prior to testing.

4. Applicants choosing option B above (taking the FireTeam test on-site at Hastings Fire-Rescue) will be automatically scheduled to attend the Hastings Fire-Rescue Physical Ability Test on January 26 or 27, 2019. The passing score for the on-site test is 70%, but scoring of this test will be delayed by up to one week.

5. Applicants successfully passing the FireTeam test (per options A or B above), and passing the Physical Ability Test on January 26 or 27, 2019, will be invited to attend a structured interview panel on Feb 9, 2019, held at Hastings Fire-Rescue.

6. Applicants will be ranked based on their combined FireTeam and Structured Interview Scores, and an eligibility list established by the Hastings Civil Service Commission. The eligibility list will be maintained for one year.

7. As openings occur, the top three applicants will be invited to a final interview with the Fire Chief. Successful interviews may result in conditional offers of employment based on: a thorough background investigation, drug screen, medical examination, physical assessment, psychological examination, fingerprinting, and signing an employment commitment agreement.

The Written Exam

There are four components to the FireTEAM Testing System: a video-based human relations test, a mechanical aptitude test, a math test and a reading ability test. Successful candidates must score an minimum of 70% on each component to continue in the process. Whether you take the test at one of NTN's nationwide testing centers, or on-site at Hastings Fire and Rescue, the test is the same. If taken at a testing center, the candidate is responsible for all costs. If taken on-site at Hastings Fire and Rescue, there is no cost to the candidate.

The Physical Ability Test

In the FPSI Physical Ability Test, candidates are asked to perform several tasks similar to those performed by firefighters on the job. These tasks are designed to test strength, stamina, endurance, and ability. The events in this test are as follows:

  • Dry Fire Hose Deployment 
  • Charged Fire Hose Deployment
  • 24' Extension Ladder Raise
  • Roof Walk with Saw
  • Attic Crawl
  • Roof Ventilation
  • Victim Removal
  • Ladder Carry
  • Crawling Search
  • Stair Climb with Hose

Failure to complete the test will eliminate the applicant from further consideration during this application process. The test is Pass/Fail. Passing times for this years test have not yet been determined, but all qualified applicants will be notified prior to closing date. There is additional criteria for each event that qualifies as a fail. This will be addressed in the application packet.

Structured Interview

Candidates that successfully pass the written exam and physical ability tests will be invited to a structured interview on Feb 9, 2019, at Hastings Fire and Rescue. The structured interview will be a formal, scored interview. The interview panel will be made up of three individuals; a Human Resources professional, a Fire Department Supervisor, and a Fire Department peer. Candidates will be asked a series of standardized questions, with the potential for 1-2 follow-up questions based on their answers.


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