The Manhattan Fire Department annually hires student firefighters.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age prior to appointment and must be enrolled full time (12 hours undergraduate or 6 hours graduate) at Kansas State University or Manhattan Christian College or have a letter of acceptance.
Applicants must be either citizens of the United States or legal resident aliens. Applicants must not have had a felony conviction directly related to the position of firefighter (i.e., 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 had a record reflecting a series of misdemeanor convictions that indicate a habitual disrespect for the law. Applicants must have a valid drivers license and not have a record that reflects a series of traffic accidents and violations in which he/she was found to be at fault.
All applicants must fully and honestly complete an application for employment and all attached release forms. False statement or incomplete applications will be cause for disqualification from further consideration. A thorough criminal background and reference investigation will be conduction on each applicant.
Applicants will be required to successfully complete each of a series of tests in order to be considered further in the process. Such exams may include a physical performance assessment, oral interviews, drug screen and a medical examination, and written exam.
Once appointed, student firefighters must be available to start academy training when required; successfully complete the training academy; 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.