Fire Department

2023 Test Dates – Registration for each test will commence after the previous test has been completed.

Register For the Next Exam

  • Saturday, February 18, 2023
  • Friday, May 12, 2023

You will be contacted by email within 14 business days of your registration and you will be provided with detailed information on when and where to report for the test. Please ensure the email you provide during registration is accurate.

If you have previously tested for the Topeka Fire Department you can test again and the following will apply:

  • If you pass the examination, you are placed on an applicant list and considered for hire for one year from the date you passed the test. Applicants are placed on the applicant list and ranked based on test score.
  • You can take the test more than once. If you take the test a second (or subsequent time) your most recent written exam scores will be used to determine placement on the list.
  • If you pass a test and then retake and fail a second or subsequent test you will be removed from the applicant list until if and when you retake and pass another entry-level examination.

Topeka Fire Department Exam Requirements

  • You must be above 20 years of age by hire date
  • Must have high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must not have any automatic disqualifiers (important information and required reading)
  • Topeka firefighters are required to possess and maintain a valid KS driver’s license and city-insurable driving record

For more information on how to become a part of the Topeka Fire Department, click here

2023 Camp dates will be posted soon!

Camp Courage is a one week, hands-on glimpse into the world of firefighters seen from a women’s perspective for young women ages 14-20 years old. The camp is designed to encourage female interest in the fire service, and allow young women of high school age to get the sense of what it takes to be a firefighter in today’s world. Each camper will participate in daily activities that will mimic the real-world experiences of an on-duty firefighter, which will include proper use of fire extinguishers, deploying fire hoses, search and rescue, high angle rescue, auto extrication, basic first aid concepts and much more. Each camper will be instructed by highly motivated, successful women in the fire service and will be supervised with every scenario performed. Each scenario will be performed while wearing proper personal protective equipment which will be fitted to each individual camper, from boots to helmet, and everything in between.

Camp Courage will be held Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. daily. Instructor to Student ratios will be one-on-one during each scenario. Each camper will be provided ample time for breaks as well as lunch daily.

Please note: Camp Courage will be a physically-demanding week which will require effort on the part of the individual as well as a team-oriented attitude. All equipment will be provided. There is no cost to attend Camp Courage; however, Campers will be responsible for bringing sunscreen, a refillable water bottle and a sack lunch.

Attire needed for Camp Courage:
Closed-toe shoes (i.e. tennis shoes, boots. NO SANDALS, FLIP FLOPS, etc.)
Long pants
Leather work gloves
Sunglasses if desired

Utilizing the skills of firefighting to mentor and encourage young women to push their limits

The Topeka Fire Department created Camp Courage to empower, inspire and support strong female leaders and encourage them to pursue a career in the fire service.

Fire Watch

Fire Watch Packet

The Topeka Fire Department has been serving the residents of Topeka since 1870.

The Department’s mission is to “To save lives and protect property by providing excellence and leadership in fire, rescue, emergency medical response, fire prevention and public education.”

The Department is strategically located throughout the City of Topeka at 12 fire stations, an administration and training facility, and Fire Prevention have a total staff of fewer than 250. This includes a staff of eight that perform administrative, clerical and fleet functions. The remaining personnel are paid professional firefighters, of which 220 are State certified Emergency Medical Technicians trained to render aid in emergency situations; and Webster, an Accelerant Detection canine trained to detect ignitable liquids used to set and/or accelerate fires.

The Department is comprised of many organizational units and teams working together to help keep Topeka one of the safest communities in the Midwest to live and raise a family.

The Topeka Fire Department is committed to the pursuit of excellence and a commitment to public service. We encourage you and your family to visit any of our stations or contact us at (785) 368-4000 for more information.