Become a Firefighter

Join MFD — We are looking for strong, intelligent, ambitious full-time firefighters who can uphold our four core values: Honor. Compassion. Courage. Loyalty.


The Manhattan Fire Department is now hiring for full-time firefighters and student firefighters.

Firefighters work in all kinds of weather conditions and in all types of emergency situations. The firefighter is on duty for a 24-hour shift period with approximately 10 working shifts per month.

A firefighter operates as a member of a team at emergencies of uncertain duration. While performing duties, the firefighter will be exposed to situations that require spending extensive time outdoors, exposed to the elements and extreme fluctuations in temperature. The firefighter must perform physically demanding work in hot (up to 400 degrees F), humid (up to 100% humidity) atmospheres while wearing equipment that significantly impairs body cooling mechanisms.

The firefighter experiences frequent transition from hot to cold and humid to dry atmospheres; works in wet, icy or muddy areas with unsure footing and limited light conditions; and performs a variety of tasks on slippery, hazardous surfaces such as rooftops and ladders. The firefighter must be capable of wearing 50+ pounds of protective equipment as a part of fire fighting activities.
Hiring for Full-Time Firefighters

To Qualify


All applicants, for the position of firefighter, must fully and honestly complete an application for employment and all attached release forms. False statements or incomplete applications will be cause for disqualification from further consideration. A thorough criminal background and reference investigation will be conducted on each application. 

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age prior to appointment.

Applicant must possess Kansas Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or National Registry EMT. Copies of certification are required with application. Candidates with National Registry certification must obtain Kansas EMT certification within 60 days of date of hire.

Applicant must have a valid (within 1 year of date of issue) Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) certificate. Copy of certification is required with application.

Applicants must have passed the Fire Service Entrance Exam (FSEE) with a score of 80% or better, or have passed the FireTEAM Ergometric, within two years prior to application deadline. Applicants possessing a bachelor degree from an accredited college or university are exempt from the FSEE or FireTEAM testing requirement. Applicants must submit documentation of this requirement at the time of application.

CPAT, FSEE & FireTEAM Ergometric testing sites include:


Certification will be accepted from other accredited testing sites.
Applicants must either be citizens of the United States of America or legal resident aliens. 

Applicants must not have had a felony conviction directly related to the position of firefighter (e.g., arson, burglary, larceny, murder). Conviction records will not be an automatic bar to employment, but will be considered on a case by case review. 

Applicants must not have a record reflecting a series of misdemeanor convictions that indicate a habitual disrespect for the law. 

Applicants must have a valid driver's license and not have a record which reflects a series of traffic accidents and violations in which he/she was found to be at fault. 

Applicants will be required to successfully complete each of a series of tests in order to be considered further. Such exams may include a physical performance assessment, oral interviews, drug screen and a medical examination, and written exam. 

Once appointed, firefighters must:
  • Have adequate motorized transportation to and from duty assignments for timely reporting to normal and emergency call-back duty.
  • Reside within the Fire Department's residency area within 90 days of employment.
Benefits of Employment
Vacation leave
Sick leave
Holiday pay for worked holiday 
Uniforms and protective equipment provided 
Retirement 
Emergency leave
Life insurance available
Health insurance available 

You may request a Job Interest Form from City Hall at 1101 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502
785-587-2443
An equal opportunity employer /M/F/QID