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Becoming a Rio Rancho Firefighter
Hiring Testing Process


To apply for the position as a Firefighter for the City of Rio Rancho, you must possess a current Emergency Medical Technician license (Basic, Intermediate, or Paramedic).  

You must be 21 years of age to become a Rio Rancho firefighter.  

If you are applying for a position as a “Lateral Firefighter,” you must be certified as an IFSAC Firefighter II, New Mexico Firefighter II, or equivalent as determined by the RRFD Training Division

Applications received that do not indicate the proper licensure or certification, will be discarded. 

Written Test

All candidates will be given the Firefighter Selection Test Emergency Medical Services with at least 80% in all testing categories (Listening comprehension, Reading comprehension, and Mathematics).

Lateral Applicants will be given:

      a. Emergency Medical Technician test based on the position they are applying (i.e.  EMT-P for a Paramedic).
         Passing will be 70%.

      b. Applicant will be given a lateral Firefighter II test. Passing will be 70%.

Physical Agility Test
  • Work Capacity Test (WCT)
    • 3-mile hike with 45 lb pack in 45 minutes.

Oral Boards

A three person oral review consisting of applicant’s personal history, career preparation, and situational questions.

Background Investigation

An extensive background check will be conducted. Investigators will review: applicants job history, criminal background, credit check, driving history, and personal history evaluation.

Medical Physical

All candidates must pass an extensive medical physical before attending fire academy.

Chief's Selection Process
The Fire Chief will then select candidates to attend fire academy.

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