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Recruiting: Join the Bryan Fire Department

About Bryan Fire Department

The Bryan Fire Department serves the City of Bryan, Texas, a diverse community of 85,000 located in the heart of the Texas Triangle with easy access to the Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan areas.

Bryan firefighters follow four pillars of work every day that keep them safe and successful. These include:

  • Round-trip ticket: Ensuring all firefighters go home at the end of their shift
  • Customer service: Providing the best firefighting and EMS service to the customers of Bryan.
  • Training: Focusing on training to ensure all personnel are capable of maintaining the first two goals.
  • Reevaluation: As a forward-leaning, progressive department, consistently evaluating to better themselves.

As one of the leading departments in the nation, BFD is an ISO Class 1 department, has accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services and is Best Practice Certified by the Texas Fire Chiefs Association.

Salary and Benefits

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Now offering up to $15,000 signing bonus!


Salary

  • Starting Firefighter (base pay plus minimum FLSA overtime) salary is: $60,930
    (Beginning Oct. 1: $62,400 pending Council/Budget approval)
    Additional overtime opportunities available
  • Firefighter Cadets make $20 per hour during the recruit academy.
  • Fully certified Firefighter/EMTs make $26.65 per hour during initial training.

Fire Pay Scale

(Pay scale increases are expected October 1, pending Council approval)

  • Firefighter: $55,794 to $71,635 per year
  • Fire Apparatus Operator: $70,034 to $81,245 per year
  • Fire Lieutenant/Deputy Fire Marshal – Lieutenant: $81,944 to $92,718 per year
  • Fire Battalion Chief/ Deputy Fire Marshal – Battalion Chief: $99,066 to $112,083 per year
  • Fire Marshal: $117,270 to $132,704 per year
  • Assistant Fire Chief: $117,270 to $132,704 per year

Additional Pay Opportunities

Firefighters have the opportunity to earn additional pay in several ways:

Longevity Pay

Earn $4 per month per year employed with the Bryan Fire Department, up to $100 per month

Assignment Pay

Earn $45 per shift for an ambulance assignment

Certification Pay

Earn up to $4,500 per year (paid monthly) for holding any of the following certifications:

  • Structural Fire Protection

    Basic Structural Fire Protection: $0
    Intermediate Structural Fire Protection: $75
    Advanced Structural Fire Protection: $100
    Master Structural Fire Protection: $150

  • Aircraft Rescue Fire Protection

    Basic Aircraft Rescue Fire Protection: $25
    Intermediate Aircraft Rescue Fire Protection: $50
    Advanced Aircraft Rescue Fire Protection: $75
    Master Aircraft Rescue Fire Protection: $100

  • Hazardous Materials

    Hazardous Materials Technician: $50
    Hazardous Materials Incident Commander: $25

  • EMS

    EMT Basic: $0
    EMS Instructor: $25
    EMT Intermediate: $50
    EMT Paramedic: $150

  • Fire Service Instructor

    Fire Instructor I: $25
    Fire Instructor II: $50
    Fire Instructor III: $75
    Fire Instructor III-M: $100

  • Fire Officer

    Fire Officer I: $25
    Fire Officer II: $50
    Fire Officer III: $75
    Fire Officer IV: $100

  • Wildland Fire Protection

    Basic Wildland Firefighter: $25
    Intermediate Wildland Firefighter: $50

  • Fire Inspector

    Basic Fire Inspector: $25
    Intermediate Fire Inspector: $50
    Advanced Fire Inspector: $75
    Master Fire Inspector: $100

  • Fire Investigator

    Basic Fire Investigator: $25
    Intermediate Fire Investigator: $50
    Advanced Fire Investigator: $75
    Master Fire Investigator: $100

  • Arson Investigator

    Basic Arson Investigator: $25
    Intermediate Arson Investigator: $50
    Advanced Arson Investigator: $75
    Master Arson Investigator: $100

  • Other

    Driver/Operator – Pumper: $25
    Driver/Operator – Aerial: $25
    Incident Safety Officer: $25

  • Peace Officer

    Basic Peace Officer: $50
    Intermediate Peace Officer: $75
    Advanced Peace Officer: $100
    Master Peace Officer: $125


Benefits

Bryan Firefighters are eligible for all the standard benefits provided through the City of Bryan, including:

  • Health Plan including dental coverage (co-pay plan)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • TMRS Retirement Plan: 7% of salary at 2:1 city match
  • Optional 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program

Bryan Fire Department-specific benefits

  • The Bryan Fire Department is a Civil service agency
  • Work 10 days per month, based on a 24/48 shift schedule
  • Vacation and Holidays: 324 to 384 hours accrued annually
  • 180 hours of sick leave accrued annually
  • All uniforms and equipment provided
  • College tuition exemption, per Texas Education Code, Section 54.014
  • Annual physical and cancer screening
  • Established mental health/peer support program

Requirements

The Bryan Fire Department is seeking a diverse group of highly motivated applicants who want to serve their community. No certifications or experience are required. We will train you in everything you need to know.

Applicants to the Bryan Fire Department must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between the age of 18 and 40 on the date of hire
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization
  • Have good moral character, a stable employment history and no history of any conduct which may affect the suitability of firefighter/paramedic work.
  • If not certified when hired, must become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by their hire date (required by hospitals for clinical work).
  • If not certified when hired, must sign a Repayment Agreement with the city to reimburse costs of tuition for Firefighter and EMT courses in the event that the candidate voluntarily separates from the city within four years.

Applicants may not have been convicted of a felony or Class A misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the past 10 years.

Application Process

The process to become a Bryan Firefighter involves several steps:

1. Written civil service exam

Successful applicants must score a 70 or higher on this exam to pass to the next step. Additional points are added to a passing score for applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Active military or honorably discharged veterans: Additional 5 points added to a passing score
  • Texas certified Firefighter/Paramedic: Additional 5 points added to a passing score
  • Texas Department of State Health Services certified Paramedic: Additional 3 points added to a passing score.

2. Physical fitness assessment

All candidates must pass a physical fitness assessment that includes the following:

  • Run/walk 1 mile in 12 minutes. You can run, walk or do a combination of both, however you cannot stop forward movement. This task will be separate from all other tasks. Should you pass this assessment, you will report to the BFD drill field for the remaining tasks.
  • Climb to the top of a platform without stopping, with the ladder fully extended at 80 degrees. You will be tied off with a safety line. Exception: Gloves and helmet only.
  • Carry a 50-foot section of a double-jacketed, 3-inch hose from the base of the training tower to the fourth floor and back down to the base.
  • Using a hand-over-hand technique, raise the fly of a 35-foot extension ladder to maximum height.
  • Pick up the nozzle end of a 1 ¾-inch hose and drag the hose 75 feet to a pre-positioned area. Make a 90-degree turn and continue an additional 25 feet. Then, place the nozzle in a box, kneel on one knee and pull the remaining 75 feet across the finish line.
  • Crawl through a 12-foot-long tubular obstacle
  • Standing at the fourth story of the training tower, pull a 35-pound equipment bag that is attached to a ½-inch rope to the top of the railing. You must use a hand-under-hand method. The rope cannot touch the railing, and once you begin, you must continue upward movement of the bag.
  • Walk 25 yards, pick up a 165-pound rescue mannequin and carry it back to your starting point without stopping. Mannequin buttocks cannot touch the ground.
  • Using an 8-pound sledgehammer, move a Keiser sled to the opposite end in 22 hits or less.
  • Pick up a positive-pressure fan and walk 25 yards without setting it down.

3. Behavioral Personal Assessment Device (B-PAD)

Candidates who make it to this step will perform video-based scenario testing that will present you with realistic scenarios you may encounter as a firefighter. You will be graded on integrity, task-orientation and comprehension, among other factors.

4. Interview panel

Candidates will participate in an individual interview with a panel of various Bryan Fire Department personnel and a representative from the City of Bryan Human Resources Department.

5. Background check

Applicants with Class B misdemeanor convictions (including deferred adjudication, pre-trial diversion, probation) in the past 10 years, or Class A misdemeanor or felony convictions at any time, are ineligible for hire.

6. Job offer

Conditional, pending a medical and drug screening.

7. New Hire Medical and Drug Screening

Basic medical exam and drug screening to assess if you are medically fit for duty.

The Academy

The Bryan Fire Department conducts its own paid in-house fire academy taught by BFD personnel, setting it apart from many agencies in our region. At the end of the 24-week academy, BFD cadets will graduate to become certified Firefighters through the Texas Commission of Fire Protection and certified EMT-Basics through the Texas Department of State Health Services and national EMT registry.

In the academy, Cadets receive hands-on training in the guidelines, methods and practices of the Bryan Fire Department. Skills taught include:

  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • BFD Fire Tactics
  • Firefighter Safety and Survival
  • Apparatus Familiarization
  • BFD Engine Company Operations
  • BFD Ladder Company Operations
  • Rescue Skills and Guidelines
  • MAYDAY/RIT
  • BFD Communications
  • High Rise Operations
  • BFD Station Operations

When you complete the fire academy, you go straight on to shift work with the BFD. Our in-house academy ensures you get to active duty quicker than if you trained at a general fire academy.

Fully certified Firefighters who are hired by the BFD may be eligible for a shortened 6-week academy.

Special Assignments


Operations

Generally, BFD firefighters are assigned to a station for day-to-day operations. This includes responding to 911 calls and conducting training.


Technical Rescue

BFD’s Technical Rescue Team receives specialty training for rope rescues, confined spaces, trench rescues and water rescues. This team is the regional rescue team for a 7-county area in the Brazos Valley.


Hazardous Materials

This team operates as the hazardous materials specialists of the BFD. They use specialized equipment to mitigate the effects of hazards from things like chemicals and corrosive liquids, through offensive methods.


Fire Marshal’s Office

Members of the Fire Marshal’s Office are certified peace officers. Their duties include inspections, investigations, code enforcement, public education and fire prevention.


Field Training Officer

FTOs work closely with the EMS Chief and Medical Director to ensure we are keeping up with the latest medical trends. They are the voice of the paramedics in the field to bring concerns to administration for review. The continually help train the paramedics in areas that they may be struggling with on a day-to-day basis.


Wildland Team

This team assists with fighting grass fires, forest fires and brush fires. They are also deployed through TIFMAS mutual aid agreements to various locations throughout the region, state and country.


Drone Team

Members of the Drone Team are FAA-certified drone flyers and assist on incident scenes, fire investigations and missing persons cases.

Apply Now / Get Info

Ready to be a part of a forward-thinking, high-quality department? Then apply now or sign up to be notified about the next application window and entrance exams.

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Contact Us

Have questions about the application process or being a BFD firefighter? Contact our Recruiting Team.

BFD Recruiting Team
BFDrecruiting@bryantx.gov
979-209-5960