Fire Department Careers

Firefighter Written Examination Registration

For more information, contact the Human Resources Department at 785-368-3867.

The City of Topeka Fire Department offers many career opportunities for those interested. The City of Topeka is an Equal Opportunity employer.

*Note: Firefighter positions which are designated in the bargaining unit by the Kansas Public Employees Relations Board are represented by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local #83. Wages, hours of work and working conditions are subject to contract negotiations.

Work Shifts | Salary And Benefits | Qualifications | EMT Certification

Shift & Benefit Details


Work 24 hours (am to am) – off 24 hours (am to am).

The rotation: work – off – work – off – off – off – off.

Salary and Benefits

$3,196.29 per month 2017

Pay Periods

All City employees are paid every other Friday (normally 26 pay periods per year).

Overtime Pay

Employees receive overtime pay as provided by the current IAFF contract or City Ordinance (whichever is applicable).


  • 1-4 years = 144 hrs/yr.
  • 5-9 years = 216 hrs/yr.
  • 10-14 years = 252 hrs/yr.
  • 15-19 years = 288 hrs/yr.
  • 20-24 years = 324 hrs/yr.
  • 25+ years = 360 hrs/yr.


10 recognized holidays per year.

Kelly Days

7 days per year.

Sick Leave

  • 5.538 hours per pay period
  • 8.308 hours per pay period years 5-9
  • 9.692 per pay period years 10-14
  • 11.077 per pay period 15 years and above


New firefighters receive an initial issue of uniforms and equipment.

Health Insurance

City self-insured plan through Blue Cross-and Blue Shield.


Through Kansas Police and Fire Retirement System. Employees pay 7% of gross salary. Retirement pay is based on 2.5% of final average salary for each year of service. Maximum retirement of 80% for 32 years of service.

Fireman’s Relief Association

Provides $75,000.00 life insurance policy and pays 85% of premium while employed with the Topeka Fire Department. Provides payment for certain medical expenses for “Duty Connected” injuries of member.

Workers Compensation

The City of Topeka provides Workers Compensation benefits for all firefighters injured or disabled at work.

Topeka Fireman’s Credit Union

Firefighters and their immediate families are eligible for membership.


Register for the firefighter examination

To become a firefighter with the City of Topeka, you must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • 21 years of age by test date
  • High school diploma (or GED)
  • Resident of Shawnee County, or must relocate within 18 months of employment
  • Valid Kansas driver’s license
  • U.S. Citizen
  • No DUI convictions or diversion within 5 years of date of written test and/or conditional job offering or hiring.
  • No illegal drug usage within 5 years of date of written test and/or conditional job offering or hiring.
  • A valid, current Kansas Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), Paramedic certification or National Registry equivalent is required to apply. If National Registry certified, must be able to obtain Kansas certification prior to conditional offer of employment. Please contact the
    Kansas Board of EMS for more information.
  • Certification by the State of Kansas as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) prior to written test
  • Pass a thorough physical and psychological examination including a drug screening.
  • Pass a background investigation, which includes work record, police, record, credit record, reference checks and polygraph exam.
  • Pass an oral Civil Service Board Interview.
  • Valid CPAT Certification required prior to conditional offer of employment

Additional consideration will be given to applicants for veteran status.

Employees are required, throughout their employment, to retain certification by the State of Kansas as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). All recertification training and supplies will be furnished by the Fire Department at no cost to the employee.

EMT Certifications

To become EMT certified, you must successfully complete an approved course of instruction.

  • Length of course is 110-160 hours, dependent on the instructor / coordinator.
  • Cost is dependent on location and affiliation
  • Information on upcoming courses throughout the state can be obtained from:Kansas State Board of EMS
    109 SW 6th Street
    Topeka, KS 66603
    Phone: 785-296-7403
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must make application for certification and pay the examination fee within one year from date of last class. (State of Kansas examination/certification fee is $50.00), plus (National Registry fee of $15.00)
  • Successfully pass the Kansas Board of EMS examination
  • If an applicant has had a felony conviction, he/she must be able to document that all legal restraints have been satisfied