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The City of Arkansas City strives to provide a high quality of life for its citizens by furnishing a variety of efficient services in a professional, courteous manner.

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Firefighter Reserve Program

The Arkansas City Fire/EMS Department Firefighter Reserve Program is a pool of competent, well-trained personnel to supplement manning levels at times of extreme emergency. Our top priorities are to increase firefighter safety and to enhance our response capabilities for The City of Arkansas City and Rural Fire District 5.

Recruitment and Qualifications

The Arkansas City Fire/EMS Department seeks highly motivated personnel with the desire to provide quality emergency services, and a dedicated commitment to the citizens of our community. All Reserve personnel shall meet the following eligibility criteria;

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least (18) years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Possess a valid drivers license
  • Pass the Fire Department written exam and physical agility tests
  • Participate in an Oral Interview
  • Shall live within 20 miles driving distance of the Arkansas City Fire Department.
  • Complete the standard application via the HR Partners website at the link provided below
Applications are currently being accepted and available at the Kansas HRe Partners link below.
www.hrepartners.com/     A Reserve Firefighter is an unpaid position.

Additional Information

EMT and MICT medical training is not provided during the firefighter academy.  Certification as an EMT or Paramedic is required if you want to be considered for a full time position with the Arkansas City Fire/EMS Department while participating in the Reserve Program.

Successful applicants will receive an invitation letter to join the Arkansas City Fire/EMS Reserve Program, upon meeting all eligibility requirements as listed above. At that time, you will be required to provide a drug/alcohol screening and a physical contingencies test.

Once all requirements have been met, you may begin the process of obtaining your PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), station uniform and participating in scheduled ride out time while you are waiting for the next upcoming academy date.

The academy is a 12 to 16 week intense, firefighter-training program. Upon completion of the academy, candidates will complete a written and practical test through the Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute for certification as a Firefighter 1 and Hazardous Materials Operations.

All participants in the Firefighter Reserve program will be expected to attend monthly training, which is held on the last Saturday of each month unless otherwise revised, and to also participate in station staffing for a minimum of 12 hours per month. Participation in other activities such as the MDA Boot Drive, Fire Prevention Week, EMS Week and other activities as they arise are also encouraged.