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Ignite your journey: Huntsville Fire & Rescue application process opens May 7

Published on May 2, 2024

If the opportunity to make a difference sounds appealing, Huntsville Fire & Rescue (HFR) has a career waiting for you.

Applications open Tuesday, May 7, for individuals seeking to embark on a life-changing career. Interested candidates can visit JoinHFR.com to apply or learn more about available opportunities.

man in coat and tie speaking into microphone with man in dark clothes stands to left and man in white shirt stands to right
Mayor Tommy Battle speaks at Fire & Rescue kickoff announcement at Fire Station 1. Joining him from left is Capt. Cory Green and Fire Chief Howard “Mac” McFarlen.

“A reliable, qualified fire department is essential to the City’s health and safety,” Mayor Tommy Battle said. “When the call comes in, our residents and businesses need and deserve nothing less than the very best to respond. I’m excited to see the next group of candidates step up to the challenge.”

Firefighters also have responsibilities beyond fighting fires. Their work includes prevention and emergency lifesaving and rescue services.

Firefighters can take on a variety of positions such as Hazmat Team, Heavy Rescue Team, Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement, Honor Guard/Pipes & Drums or the Training Division. Firefighters also have pathways to advancement for those seeking leadership roles within the department.


“This is not just a job, it’s a calling,” Huntsville Fire Chief Howard “Mac” McFarlen said. “When we are looking to hire individuals for HFR, we are looking for candidates eager to be part of a team and serve the people of Huntsville who may be facing one of the worst days of their lives.”

Eligible candidates must have no felony convictions, be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.

Starting at $53,726, a cadet’s annual salary jumps to $59,280 when they complete all required training and transition to full-time firefighters.

After completing training, firefighters also become eligible for a 5% physical fitness incentive.

After a year, employees become eligible for a step pay increase, effective every 12 months on the anniversary of their first date of employment.

“For those who step up and answer the call, it’s an incredibly satisfying career where you work makes a difference every day,” said Capt. Cory Green, HFR’s full-time recruiter. “We’re looking for those individuals eager to be part of a team and meet the challenge every time that call comes in.”

Anyone interested in applying can visit JoinHFR.com to learn more about the hiring process and complete an application. The recruitment period ends June 14. To ask questions or talk to Recruiter Cory Green, call/text 256-975-9447 or email Cory.Green@huntsvilleal.gov.

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