Employment Info

The Valparaiso Fire Department is NOT accepting applications at this time.  We completed our testing process, and the new candidates list is effective from January 1st, 2017 - December 31st, 2019.

The Valparaiso Fire Department currently operates with 67 full-time Firefighters, many of whom are also cross-trained as EMT's or Paramedics.  We strive to hire qualified individuals that will act with integrity, compassion, and professionalism, and will continue their career with us following our Mission Statement and Values.

We participated in a testing consortium with 2 other area fire departments, to include Chesterton FD and Portage FD. All 3 of these fire departments offer competitive salaries, health insurance, and other benefits. The pension program is through State of Indiana PERF. Personnel work a 24 hour on-duty/48 hour off-duty rotation. Personnel are members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and have labor contracts with the cities that they work in. In this latest testing process each candidate was able to check off which fire department(s) they would like to try out for, with candidates allowed to check up to all 3 if they preferred. These fire departments hire various numbers of people each year depending upon retirements, disabilities, etc.
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State Statute mandates that an applicant must be a minimum of 21 years of age and not yet reached their 36th birth date at the time of hiring. (The age limit must be waived to 40 years and 6 months for Veterans of the Armed Forces who have served at least 20 years, and have otherwise passed all of the testing requirements for any applicant, including physical agility test. PERF is required to accept the age extension). An applicant for the Valparaiso Fire Department must also be a resident of Porter County or an adjoining county at the time of hiring, and is also a requirement for continued employment.

Resume Boosters:


  • Indiana Licensed Paramedic
  • Firefighter I/II Certification
  • Previous Fire Service and/or EMS Experience
  • Military Experience
As an applicant, you should be aware that before you can be hired, you have to possess a current State of Indiana EMT certificate or Paramedic license. If you do not possess one of these certifications at this time, it should not discourage you from applying for employment or keep you from completing the application process. Our process consists of several steps and is listed below for future reference. Once the process is complete, a list is formulated with the ranking of each applicant. This current list will be "good" from January 1st, 2017 - December 31st, 2019. It is acceptable for any applicant to receive their proper EMT or Paramedic credentials anytime within this time period.

Our testing process includes:

  • Candidate Swim Test & Aerial Ladder Climb
  • Written Exam
  • Successful completion of the CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test)
  • Oral Interview by Hiring/Merit Board
Thank you for your interest in the Valparaiso, Chesterton, and Portage Fire Departments consortium testing process. Good luck on achieving your goals, and please seek us out again during our next testing process!