Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Hoover is dedicated to providing equal opportunity for employment to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other protected status.


As of 04/26/2018, the minimum starting pay for the position of Firefighter with the City of Hoover is $ 16.24 per hour, or $ 43,909.80 annually. The maximum base rate pay is $ 26.49 per hour or $ 71,614.40 annually.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Fully credentialed as an EMT Basic or higher at time of application
  3. Ability to pass a NFPA-1582 medically required physical for Firefighters and all other City of Hoover pre-employment requirements
  4. Possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to obtain/maintain a City of Hoover driver’s permit
  5. Ability to comply with the Hoover Fire Department grooming standards policy

1. Current Alabama Paramedic License at the time of application
2. Possession of a current and valid Alabama Personnel Standards Commission Firefighter I Certification*

*Any candidate certified as Firefighter I will not be eligible for employment with the City of Hoover until he/she has fulfilled the two-year obligation (unless self-sponsored) imposed by the rules of the Alabama Personnel Standards Commission.

Examples of Duties

Responds to all types of rescue, fire suppression, medical, and non-medical emergency calls, and implements actions required to save lives and property, and protect the environment; operates standard fire suppression, rescue and medical equipment safely and efficiently to achieve desired outcomes while adhering to departmental policies and applicable State or local laws and protocols; performs routine and preventive maintenance of City equipment, facilities and vehicles; following demonstration of competence, drives City vehicles as assigned in a safe manner; participates in non-emergency activities such as fire prevention inspections, public education programs, and public relations events; receives and responds to citizen requests for general information or assistance; monitors departmental radio transmissions and telephones; completes all required reports; must be willing to be trained, certified, licensed or assigned duties as deemed necessary by the department; performs other duties as directed.

Benefits Include

  • Annual salary increases with a satisfactory performance review
  • Education incentives for Associates, Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate Degrees from accredited colleges
  • Promotional opportunities
  • 24 hours on duty, 48 hours off duty schedule
  • Employee benefit package
  • Advanced training opportunities
  • Alabama State Retirement system
  • Tuition reimbursement (for accredited colleges)
  • Health benefits (Blue Cross Blue Shield medical and dental)
  • Bilingual pay incentive

Firefighter Evaluation Information

Firefighter candidates who meet the minimum requirements will be further screened through our evaluation process, which considers related work experience, education, certifications and special training. Firefighter candidate finalists will then be evaluated based on personal interviews. Not all applicants will be selected for interviews. Firefighter candidate finalists must successfully pass a fire-related physical agility test, background investigation, psychological and medical examination.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to keep our office updated with your current contact information.

This job will be posted until a sufficient number of applications are received and the City reserves the right to close the posting at any time.

After a job offer has been made, but prior to beginning work with the Hoover Fire Department, candidates must pass a NFPA 1582 qualifying medical examination. Candidates will be rejected for any condition that will prevent them from performing in a reasonable manner, with or without accommodation, the duties of Firefighter.

Apply Online

If you need assistance during the application process, please contact an HR Representative at (205)444-7549, or email us at humanresources@ci.hoover.al.us. Computers are available in our lobby for the completion of your application.

Human Resources Department is located at 100 Municipal Lane • Hoover, AL 35216

Job Task

There are nine (9) job related tasks to be completed during the applicant job task screening. Each task must be completed in its entirety before proceeding to the next task. Failure to complete a task will disqualify an applicant. If the applicant fails to complete any of the tasks in its entirety the applicant will be given an additional attempt to complete the task. Career firefighters are also required to perform and pass this job task on a yearly basis.

The applicant/firefighter will climb an extension ladder placed into the third story window of the drill tower. The firefighter will enter into the third floor window and will exit down the stairs and out of the drill tower.

The applicant/firefighterwill carry a fifty foot section of three inch hose up the stairs to the fourth floor of the drill tower, place the hose on the floor of the fourth floor, and climb the fixed ladder to the roof. The firefighter will then descend the fixed ladder to the fourth floor, retrieve the three inch hose and continue down the stairs and exit drill tower on ground level.

The applicant/firefighter will lift a rolled section of one and three quarter inch hose and walk a curb to the far end and back to the starting point while carrying the hose without stepping off the curb. The total distance will be seventy feet.

The applicant/firefighter will drag a tire using the attached rope a distance of seventy-five feet.

The firefighter will unroll a section of three inch hose, walk to the male coupling, and re-roll the section of hose by walking the length of the hose. Dragging the hose to roll will not be permitted.

The applicant/firefighter The firefighter will unroll a section of three inch hose, walk to the male coupling, and re-roll the section of hose by walking the length of the hose. Dragging the hose to roll will not be permitted.

The applicant/firefighter will hoist a tire to the top of the drill tower one time utilizing a rope and pulley. The “hand over hand” method will be used for raising and lowering of the tire.

The firefighter will enter the first floor of the burn building and crawl fourteen feet through the attic simulator and exit through the rear of the building.

The candidate/firefighter will carry a fourteen foot roof ladder from the storage building to the burn building and raise ladder to the second story window on the front of the burn building. The firefighter will then strike a tire that is lying on the ground five times with a ten pound sledge hammer to simulate ventilation. The firefighter will then return the roof ladder to the storage building.

All applicant/firefighters performing the Hoover Fire Department  Ability Job Task will have their vital signs, cardiac rate  and oxygen saturation rate measured before and immediately after the job task.