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The purpose of this page is to provide information about the selection process for the City of Long Beach Fire Recruit Examination. There are two (2) phases in the selection process; the first phase is handled by the Civil Service Department and the second by the Long Beach Fire Department.


The first phase of the selection process is conducted by the Civil Service Department. This phase consists of the application process and the reading, math, video scenario and mechanical aptitude examinations.


Beginning Friday, November 1, 2019 through 4:30 p.m., Friday, November 8, 2019, applications for Fire Recruit may be accessed here or obtained at the Civil Service Department in City Hall. 

Applications may be filled out completely and submitted on-line 24 hours a day during the filing period.


All applicants will be notified of their final application status. If you have not received a notification by January 11, 2020, please contact the Civil Service Department at (562) 570-6202.

Reading, Math, Video Scenario and Mechanical Aptitude Examinations

Completion of the FireTeam entry-level, firefighter examination is required. All testing must be completed through National Testing Network (NTN) by November 15, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to visit the website nationaltestingnetwork.com for more information and to schedule a testing date as soon as possible.

A fee is required to take the FireTeam examination.  Limited fee waivers are available through the City of Long Beach, on a first come, first served basis.  Proof of financial need is required. Please contact Shellie Goings at Shellie.Goings@longbeach.gov regarding this waiver. 

The examination consists of four parts:

  • Human Relations Video

    The video scenario test is weighted 100%. The video-based human relations test is a timed, multiple choice, video-based test of teamwork and human relation skills specifically designed for the firefighter job. After viewing a video segment applicants are required to identify, in a brief timeframe, the best and worst course of action. In the last section of the video scenario test, the applicant  must answer questions about some of the firefighters depicted in the video scenarios. 

  • Mechanical Aptitude

    The mechanical aptitude test is qualifying. The mechanical aptitude test is also vide-based and measures mechanical aptitude by troubleshooting an animated brick-making factory. The applicant will view a detailed introduction to the animated brick-making factory and then answer multiple-choice questions about the factory.

  • Reading Test

    The reading test is qualifiying. The reading test is also designed specifically for the firefighter job that requires the on-going study of difficult and technical materials. The test is based on training materials and the applicant is required to choose a word that best fits the blank.

  • Math Test

    The math test is qualifying. The math test is designed specifically for firefighters. The questions are presented on video. Questions are based on the type of math that firefighters must use on a regular basis as part of the job. Basic areas covered include: addition, subtration, multiplication, division and proportions.

After the examinations have been scored, all candidates will be emailed a notice of their results. Candidates who are successful in all four of these examinations will be placed on the Fire Recruit eligible list. A minimum rating of 70 on the Human Relations Video examination is required to qualify; all other portions of the FireTeam examination are pass/fail. Certification by score bands may be considered based on an analysis of test results. The names of eligible candidates will be certified to the Long Beach Fire Department as needed.


 The Long Beach Fire Department will require successfull completion of the Biddle Consolidated Phsyical Ability Test (PAT) prior to conditional offer of employment. After a conditional offer of employment, candidates will be required to pass a reference check, thorough background investigation, and a job-related medical examination. 

Qualified candidates certified to the Fire Department may be required to submit a resume to the Fire Department and may be invited to continue to participate in the Fire Department's selection process. More information will be available from the Fire Department at a later date. 

Physical Ability Test (PAT)

Candidates must pass the job-relate PAT prior to being selected for the interview process. Candidates will be required to complete a series of fire fighting tasks wearing safety equipment; turnout coat, breathing apparatus (shell and empty bottle), helmet, and structural fire fighting gloves. The date for the PAT will be announce at a later time.

Candidates that are succesfful in the PAT will be considered for a Chief Officer's interview. The interviews dates will be announced at a later date. Background and reference checks, psychological and medical tests will follow the Chief Officer's interview. 

Selected candidates will be required to attend the Long Beach Fire Academy Drill School. Academy training is paid and 16-18 weeks in length and includes comprehensive and intensive academic and physical training on a 4/10 schedule (four days a week, ten hours a day). Upon graduation, Fire Recruits are promoted to Firefighter and are assigned to a fire station for a probationary period of 2,912 scheduled hours. It is anticipated that the academy will begin early or late Fall of 2020. An orientation is usually held approximately two weeks before the start of the academy.