Accepting applications for fire cadets

The Chattanooga Fire Department is looking for firefighters who will strengthen and move our department forward. We are currently taking applications for fire cadets for our next fire academy which is set to start in January 2025. The 2024 Fire Academy is currently underway. 

With more than 150 years of service to Chattanooga, the CFD leads the way with superior response. We have 26 companies housed in 20 stations across the city. In all, more than 400 dedicated men and women provide firefighting, emergency medical care and all-hazards response 24x7x365 for an area of 143 square miles and approximately 185,000 citizens. 

“We’re looking to the future for the next generation of firefighters who want to make a difference in their community. This is a challenging career, but also extremely fulfilling. Our department has the most compassionate, innovative and dedicated individuals and we want to find the next members of the CFD family,” said Fire Chief Phil Hyman. 

Candidates will be responsible for participating in our six-month fire academy. Duties include attending class, taking exams and integrating classroom training during hands-on exercises. No prior experience or knowledge is required. Our training staff will educate cadets on all aspects of the fire service. They will complete Emergency Medical Technician training and learn how to fight different types of fires. They will also master other skills like hazardous materials operations, vehicle extrication, rope rescues, tactical ventilation, self-rescue and how to save fellow firefighters’ lives in dangerous situations. 

For more information on the hiring process, email

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