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

Hastings Fire & Rescue currently employs 27 full-time firefighters, up to seven part-time firefighters, and four full-time administrative staff. HFR operates with three shifts, each working a 24 hours on, 48 hours off schedule. They work year round including holidays and weekends. A, B, and C shift each operate with nine personnel, including a Captain, a 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

Residency Requirements

All fire department personnel subject to recall for emergencies must live within a 30 mile response area of Station 1 at 1313 N Hastings Ave or Station 2 at 1145 S Hastings Ave. View a map here.  

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 no longer being accepted.  When an application period opens, this website will be updated. You may fill out a job interest card here.  All applicants meeting eligibility requirements will be notified of their continuance in the process.

1.  Hastings Fire and Rescue is currently seeking applicants to make an eligibility list for both Firefighter/EMT and Firefighter/Paramedic positions.  For more information about the positions follow links:


2. Eligible applicants will be required to take the FireTEAM written exam, which may be completed at any National Testing Network testing 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.

3. Applicants successfully scoring 75% or higher in all categories will be invited to attend the Hastings Fire & Rescue Physical Ability Test. 

5. Applicants successfully passing the FireTEAM test and passing the Physical Ability Test, will be invited to attend a structured interview panel 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 a minimum of 75% on each component to continue in the process. The FireTEAM test can be taken at one of NTN's nationwide testing centers. Candidates are responsible for all costs associated with this test.

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
  • 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 time for candidates is 8 minutes 5 seconds or less. See additional information for each event, including failure points. 

Structured Interview

Candidates that successfully pass the written exam and physical ability tests will be invited to a structured interview at Hastings Fire & 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 one to two follow-up questions based on their answers.


If you are interested in becoming the newest member of Hastings Fire & Rescue, you can sign up on the recruitment notification list at:


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