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City of Bryan, Texas

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Applicant Information

Application Process

The City of Bryan hires firefighters from an eligibility list, which consists of applicants who have successfully passed a written examination. The list remains valid for one (1) year, unless exhausted sooner. After passing the written exam, the applicant must pass a fitness assessment and physical proficiency exam, a thorough background investigation, the Behavioral Personnel Assessment Device Test (B-PAD), an oral interview, a physical examination, and a drug screen. The applicant must successfully complete the above criteria before a final review is done and a job offer is made. Failure to meet the minimum requirements, false statements made in any material fact, any information intentionally withheld or omitted, or any deception or attempt of deception or fraud at any point during the employment process by the applicant shall result in immediate disqualification. Applicants may be disqualified at any phase of the process.

Minimum Requirements

  • United States citizen.
  • Between the ages of 18 and 35.
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED, and be able to read and write the English language.
  • Must be certified as basic fire fighter and remain certified through time of appointment as established by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (or appropriate organization named by the State). At or before the time of entrance examination, applicants shall provide evidence of certification issued by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
  • Must be certified as an EMT-Basic or higher by the Texas Department of State Health Services. At or before the time of entrance examination, applicants shall provide an EMT Certificate issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Hiring preference will be given to applicants who have an EMT-Paramedic or Licensed Paramedic Certificate issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • Possess a valid Texas Driver’s License with a good driving record as measured by the City’s driver evaluation system.
  • Ability to meet all legal requirements of the Texas Commission on Fire Protection Personnel Standards and Education.
  • Ability to meet the physical standards for the position.
  • If applicable, military service with honorable discharge as stipulated on DD-214 Form.
  • No felony convictions or major misdemeanor charges or admissions.
  • Good moral character, stable employment history, and no history of any conduct which may affect suitability for firefighter/paramedic work.

Fitness Assessment

You will have 12 minutes to run/walk one (1) mile. You can either run, walk, or do a combination of each. However, you can not stop forward movement. This task will be separate from all other tasks. Should you pass this assessment, you will report to the Bryan Fire Department drill field for the remaining tasks. (Directions to the drill field will be given at the test.)

Physical Proficiency Examination

Nature of the Exam: All exercises in the Physical Proficiency Examination are simulations of the actual tasks performed by the Bryan Firefighters in the discharge of their duties. All tasks are to be performed with bunker coat, gloves, helmet and air pack (except the ladder climb). Tasks 1 through 9 will be performed continuously with no breaks between tasks. If you are unable to perform a task, you will continue testing and retry that task at the end of the test. There will be no breaks between the end of the test and the task you are re-testing for. You will only be allowed one re-test.

Task 1: With the ladder fully extended at 80 degrees, climb to the top platform without stopping. You will be tied off with a safety line. Gloves and helmet only.

Task 2: Pick up the nozzle end of a 1 ¾ inch hose and drag the hose 75 ft. to a pre-positioned drum. Make a 90° turn and continue an additional 25 ft. Place nozzle in box, kneel on one knee, and pull remaining 75 ft. across finish line.

Task 3: Using hand-over-hand technique, raise the flies of a 35 foot extension ladder to maximum height.

Task 4: Carry a 50 foot rolled section of double jacketed 3 inch hose from the base of the training tower up to the fourth floor and back down to the base.

Task 5: Crawl through a 12 foot tubular obstacle.

Task 6: Stand at the fourth story of the training tower, pull a 35 pound equipment bag that is attached to a 1/2 inch rope to the top of the railing. You must use a hand-under-hand method. The rope can not touch the railing. Once you start, you cannot stop upward movement of the equipment bag.

Task 7:Walk 25 yards, pick up a 165 pound rescue mannequin, and drag it back to your starting point without stopping.

Task 8: Using an 8 pound sledgehammer, move the Keiser slide to the opposite end in 22 hits or less.

Task 9: Pick up a positive pressure fan and walk 25 yards without setting it down.


  • Probationary Firefighter: $49,329/year (plus $150 per month paramedic pay)


  • Longevity Pay – $4.00/month for each year of service; maximum of $100/month
  • Paid Vacation & Sick Leave
  • Certification pay
  • Group health insurance with deductible or co-pay plan options, flexible spending accounts, and Section 125 options
  • Life insurance, long term disability and worker’s compensation. Optional life insurance and deferred plans are also available
  • Retirement plan with the Texas Municipal Retirement System. Employees contributes 7%, city matches 2:1. Retirement with 20 years service, or at age 60 with 10 years of service
  • Opportunity to attend training schools
  • Equipment and uniforms are furnished
  • Employee assistance program
  • Shift schedule – 24 hours on / 48 hours off

For more details about benefits click here.

The City of Bryan is an Equal Opportunity Employer

For more information please contact:

City of Bryan Human Resources Department
300 S. Texas Ave. Bryan, TX 77803
(979) 209-5064

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