How do I enter a career in the Fire Service?

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Firefighting is one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States.  We recommend becoming familiar with the various careers within the fire service, including becoming a firefighter, paramedic, hazardous material technician, fire prevention inspector, arson investigator, and fire alarm operator.

The New Hampshire Fire Academy, located at 222 Sheep Davis Road (Concord) holds entry-level written and physical ability testing annually. Anyone interested in becoming a firefighter on our department must contact the NHFA and make application to participate in their testing process.  The NHFA will forward to the Salem Fire Department a roster of successful applicants.

From this roster, we may invite selected candidates to participate in our oral board.  If a candidate successfully completes this process (oral board and Chief's interview), he or she may be placed on an eligibility list. This list is generally good for one year.

The Town of Salem is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages members of both genders and all ethnic backgrounds to apply.