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No. The San Marcos Fire Department does not utilize volunteer firefighters. We have a fully paid fire department staff. If you would like to observe the operations of the Department you may schedule a ’Ride-Along’. To schedule a Ride-Along, please click on this link: Ride Along with SMFD. At least a two week notice is required and you must complete an application complete with a background check.
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A San Marcos Firefighter works one of three shifts that are designated as A-Shift, B-Shift, and C-Shift. They work 24 hours on/48 hours off.
From the latest job posting (entry test date 11/04/22), the firefighter entry pay was set at $4,673.63 monthly or $56,083.57 annually. All City of San Marcos employees are paid biweekly on Friday.
Other useful documents are located in the Human Resources Department - Civil Service Recruitment section.
No, San Marcos does not have a fire academy. You must already have gone through a Texas fire academy and have your TCFP Firefighter certificate.
Please reference TCFP's (Texas Commission on Fire Protection) steps on how to become a certified Texas firefighter.
No. Applications are only available on-line during the application period. Firefighter Civil Service Exams are posted on the City of San Marcos' "Careers" page and the SMFD Employment Opportunities page.
Testing determines and eligibility list which will be in effect for a period of one year from the test date or until the list has been exhausted, whichever occurs first. Please apply at www.sanmarcostx.gov/jobs. Questions? Contact our Human Resource Department, Ph: 512.393.8066.
No. Applications are only accepted when a test date is established. The eligibility list will be in effect for a period of one year from test date or until the list has been exhausted, whichever occurs first. Questions? Please contact our
The Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) is the certifying agency in Texas, and they will help you determine what steps need to be taken to become a certified Firefighter in Texas. For more information visit the TCFP website.
Yes, all San Marcos Fire Department recruits are required to complete eight weeks of an 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. orientation, and then will be assigned to a shift while successfully completing a yearlong probationary firefighter curriculum.
Yes. You will be required to possess a Basic (or above) Structure Fire Protection Personnel Certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) or documentation from the TCFP stating that you are a certified firefighter at the time of entrance examination. For more information visit the TCFP website.
*WE DO NOT HAVE AN ACADEMY* You must already have your Basic (or above) Structure Fire Protection Personnel TFCP Certification & DHSH EMS Certification before applying.
Depends on the particular hiring process. You must at least hold a Texas Department of State Health Services DSHS Emergency Medical Services Certification but the level of EMT can change each hiring process. The hiring requirements will be outlined with each hiring announcement posted on the City of San Marcos HR page. If you have any questions about your status with the Department of State Health Services, contact them through Texas DSHS Website.
Study material is available at bookstores and public libraries. Ask for the study guides for firefighter tests. Also, a study guide is available for purchase from our test provider, IPMA-HR.
You can find them at the TCFP Certified Training Facilities and TCFP website.