Thank you for your interest in becoming a Cadet for the Austin Fire Department. To explore becoming a Cadet of the Austin Fire Department, please visit for further information. To determine whether you are qualified to apply to become a Cadet of the Austin Fire Department, please review the minimum qualifications listed at and the disqualification information.

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Fitness Information

Physical fitness is a critical part of a firefighter’s duties.  See more information on preparing for the requirements.  Candidates should continue to prepare for their fitness requirements throughout the hiring process in preparation for the first day of the academy if hired.  Read more about AFD "readiness recommendations" and Project FireFit.

AFD Cadet Fitness Manual

AFD Fire Academy Candidate Fitness Expectations

2021 Cadet Hiring Process

AFD is currently planning the 2021 Cadet Hiring Process.  Applications will be accepted during the Spring of 2021.  Qualified Applicants will be invited to the Written Exam to be held mid-June 2021.

2019 Cadet Hiring Process

Components of the hiring process are listed below with further information linked for details.

Ranked List

2019 Fire Cadet - Final Hiring List (Ranks 1 thru 200)**

2019 Fire Cadet Final Ranked List*

* Ranks 1 through 400 will be invited to move forward in the hiring process.

** Final Hiring List is subject to changes based on appeal outcomes.

Next Steps

Candidates with rank 201 through 400 are assigned to Group 2. Group 2 will begin their pre-hire process October-2020, starting with the background check process.

Please notify with any changes to your contact information.

Final Ranked List

The ranked list with composite scores for the 2019 hiring cycle is posted above. Candidates with rank 1 through 400 are eligible to continue with the AFD hiring process. 

AFD will invite (via email) candidates ranked 1 through 200 to participate in the first pre-hire screening.   

Candidates with rank 201 through 400 will be invited to participate in the second pre-hire screening process projected to occur during Fall 2020.

All remaining pre-hire screening exams are pass/fail so candidates may be eliminated, but the rank order of the eligibility list stays the same.

The exam scores are posted by Candidate ID Number.  If you no longer have your Candidate ID Number, send a message from the email address you listed on your contact information to requesting the number.  If you are unable to email from that address, include for identification purposes your Name, Address, City, State, and date of birth in your email when requesting your Candidate ID Number.

Questions should be communicated via

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Application Process (CLOSED)

Written Exam (CLOSED)

Structured Oral Process (CLOSED)

Military Points (CLOSED)

Questions? Email

The Austin Fire Department (AFD) is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.  AFD is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs and activities.  To request reasonable accommodation, email