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Huntsville Fire & Rescue Opens Applications for 2021 Academy

Published on May 29, 2020

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Apply between June 1 and June 15

This is your chance! Huntsville Fire and Rescue is looking to hire qualified self-motivated men and women for its 2021 Academy.

Applications for Fire & Rescue only open about every 18-months and this is your prime opportunity to join the City’s team of highly specialized career professionals in support of public safety.

“When I look for the ideal Fire & Rescue team member, I look for attitude and aptitude – in that order,” said Huntsville Fire & Rescue Chief Mac McFarlen. “if you have a great attitude and the ability to learn we can teach you the ropes using the most advanced technology and equipment available in public safety.”


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Fire & Rescue work entails fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency lifesaving and rescue services to the citizens of Huntsville. This is an inherently dangerous job in which the duties require strenuous physical exertion under emergency conditions such as extreme heat, confined spaces, contaminated environments and infectious disease.

Candidates must be physically fit and work well with others in a team concept.  Firefighters must possess exceptional judgment to make split-second decisions.  Desirable characteristics include integrity, honesty, pride, commitment, honor and humility.

If you’re looking for a secure and exciting career that will have lasting impact on the Huntsville community, apply at HuntsvilleAL.gov/joinhuntsvillefire to be considered for a selective place on the Fire & Rescue Team.

Applications open June 1 and close at  6 p.m. on June 15. For more information about the upcoming Academy visit the Fire & Rescue Careers web page or call 256-427-7401.

About Huntsville Fire & Rescue

Established in 1822, Huntsville Fire and Rescue is the oldest officially organized fire department in Alabama.  Today, Huntsville Fire & Rescue serves over 200,000 people within the City’s 220 square mile footprint.  In addition to fire suppression services, the department provides emergency response to medical, hazardous material and technical rescue emergencies.

The mission of Huntsville Fire & Rescue is to protect the lives and property of the citizens of the City of Huntsville.  This mission is accomplished through the department’s 409 highly trained staff who are divided between 6 divisions. 

The Suppression Division is made up of 20 engine companies and 5 ladder companies which provide emergency response to reported fires, medical emergencies, and motor vehicle accidents with entrapment.

The Special Operations Division is comprised of 2 hazmat units and a heavy rescue unit that provides emergency response to hazardous material and technical rescue emergencies.  The division also provides assistance to surrounding communities and the State through the State’s Alabama Mutual Aid Systems (AMAS) program which provides assistance during natural or manmade disasters.

The Communications Division ensures that emergency calls are promptly transferred to the appropriate response unit.  Another mission-critical function of the division is the coordination of all communication during any emergency response.

These personnel are trained by the department’s Training Division which provides both classroom and hands-on training to satisfy the diverse skill sets needed to handle the potential emergencies faced on a day to day basis.

The Fire Prevention Division not only provides for community education and day to day inspections but also provides fire investigation services to the community.

These services are supported by a Support Services Division that provides for the day to day logistical needs of the department and assists in the acquisition and maintenance of emergency equipment.