2010 san antonio, texas fire exam
QUALIFICATIONS (THE FOLLOWING INCLUDES THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR TAKING THE
WRITTEN EXAMINATION. HOWEVER, APPLICANTS MUST PASS OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR
ELIGIBILITY TO BE HIRED):
Applicants must possess the following qualifications at the time of application for the position of Firefighter:
1. Applicants must be at least 19 years of age at the time of testing.
2. Applicants must not have reached 34 years at the time of testing.
3. Applicants must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate. The applicant’s academic records
must reflect a minimum overall grade point average of “C” or its numerical equivalent. In the event an
applicant’s high school grade point average is below this standard, or the applicant presents a G.E.D.
certificate, the applicant must have attended an accredited college or university, completed at least
twelve (12) semester hours, and maintained a minimum grade point average of a “C” or its numerical
4. Applicants must be able to read, write, and speak in the English language.
5. Applicants must not have any of the disqualifying items listed below on his/her record:
• Conviction of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude.
• Any discharge from the United States Armed Forces other than honorable.
(Uncharacterized and Entry Level discharges may be accepted and will be assessed on an individual
• Two or more traffic violation convictions within the 12 months preceding the date of written
• Conviction of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor or its equivalent within the 24 months preceding
the date of written examination.
• Conviction of a Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, or their equivalent
within the 5 years preceding the date of written examination.
APPLICATIONS: Applications for this examination will be accepted on the
following dates during the listed hours at the listed location:
Date Hours Location
June 01, 2010 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Fire Training Academy
300 S. Callaghan Road @ Hwy 151
June 02, 2010 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. “
June 03, 2010 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p. m. “
June 04, 2010 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. “
June 07, 2010 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. “
June 08, 2010 “ “
June 09, 2010 “ “
June 10, 2010 1:00 p. m. – 7:00 p.m. “
June 11, 2010 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. “
June 14, 2010 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. “
June 15, 2010 “ “
June 16, 2010 “ “
June 17, 2010 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. “
June 18, 2010 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. “
June 21, 2010 “ “
June 22, 2010 “ “
June 23, 2010 “ “
June 24, 2010 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. “
June 25, 2010 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. “
Applications will be accepted by mail if you live 100 miles or more from San Antonio. Applicants residing
within 100 miles must physically come in and submit an application. Mail-in applications from
applicants living within 100 miles will be discarded without notice.
If you meet the “100 mile or more” criteria (www.mapquest.com), you may request an application packet
beginning at 7:45 am (CST) on Monday, May 24, 2010 thru midnight (CST) Friday, June 11, 2010.
To receive an application packet you may call 210-207-8427 or email your request at the following website:
www.sanantonio.gov/safd/recruit.asp. Verify mileage criteria by using return mail
Mailed application submissions must be postmarked no earlier than June 01, 2010 with a return postmark
and mailed no later than midnight June 25, 2010. If return envelope has two postmarks, the most recent
postmark will take precedent. SAFD will not be held responsible for damaged, delayed or lost mail.
Mail applications to: SAN ANTONIO FIRE DEPT
Attn: District Chief Mark Black
215 S. San Saba, Suite 107
San Antonio, Texas 78207
NO FAXED APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED
YOU CANNOT DOWNLOAD APPLICATIONS FROM THE CITY WEBSITE
TIME/PLACE OF EXAMINATION
DATE: Thursday, September 16, 2010
REGISTRATION: 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
EXAM START TIME: 10:00 a.m.
PLACE: Exhibit Halls “A” and “B”
200 E. Market (Market/Bowie)
Applicants who arrive after 9:50 a.m. may not be permitted to test.
**NO BOOKS, BACKPACKS, STUDY-GUIDES OR FOOD AT TEST SITE**
IDENTICAL GRADES: Whenever two or more competitors for a beginning position in either the Police
Department or the Fire Department attain the same passing grade, these applicants shall be ranked
according to the lot they draw, with the lowest lot being ranked first.
Applicants who have:
1. served on active duty for a minimum of 180 consecutive days in the United States Armed Forces;
2. been released from and not currently serving on active duty or who provide proof they are
scheduled for release from active duty;
3. provided a DD-214 stating he/she has been assigned a character of active service that is rated
Honorable or have provided a letter from their current commander (field grade officer or above) that
contains contact information for the commander, indicates term of service, and that the service
member will receive an Honorable Discharge based on current conditions; and
4. scored seventy percent (70%) or higher on the written entrance examination
are eligible to receive an additional five (5) points, which shall be added to the applicant’s written entrance
examination score and used to determine his/her placement on the eligibility list.
To receive the five (5) military preference points, applicants must provide evidence of honorable military
service, in accordance with (1, 2, & 3) above, and submit such evidence to the appropriate Fire Department
Recruiting Office no later than June 25, 2010.
Prior to the actual appointment to the Police or Fire training academy, an applicant must provide an original
certified true and exact copy of the DD-214 indicating character and length of honorable service. Failure to
provide a DD-214 as proof of honorable discharge and release from active duty will result in the applicant
being deemed unsuitable for failing to meet the minimum qualifications as outlined in Rule VII A. 4, b
(Police) and VII B. 5 b (Fire). Only the following copies of DD214’s will be accepted: Member 4, Service 2,
Service 7, Service 8, and State Director of Veteran’s Affairs 6.
NOTE: Applicants who acquire the 180 days of honorable service after the designated submission deadline
or who do not provide sufficient evidence of honorable military service within the designated time frame
shall not be eligible for the five (5) military preference points
If you mail in your application, mailed applications and copies of DD 214 (if applicable) must be mailed
together in the same envelope and postmarked no earlier than June 01, 2010 with a return
postmark and mailed no later than June 25, 2010.
DATE OF ANNOUNCEMENT: March 15, 2010
Firefighters' and Police Officers' Civil Service Commission
For more information, visit the SAFD website
For more information, visit the SAFD website
Assistant Chief Brent Collins, Cleveland Fire Dept.
Firehouse.com Entry Level Contributor Author since 2002
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