Employment Info

Valparaiso Fire Department is NOT accepting applications at this time.



The Valparaiso Fire Department currently operates with 68 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 offer a competitive salary, health insurance, paid vacation, and other benefits. The pension program is through the 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 a labor contract with the city. 
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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. Once the process is complete, a list will be formulated with the ranking of each applicant. It is acceptable for any applicant to receive their proper EMT or Paramedic credentials at anytime during the process.

Enclosed in the application packet that is picked up you will find:
  • The application form
  • The description of the testing process and known testing dates.
  • Disclosure and Release of Information Authorization Form - must be signed and returned with the application. Background checks will only be done upon hiring.
  • The "Press Release" on the hiring process.

** You MUST include the following items with your application that is turned in:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Copy of your Driver's License
  • Copy of your Social Security Card
  • Copy of High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • Copy of your Birth Certificate
  • Copes of any certifications you may have
  • The signed Disclosure and Release of Information Authorization Form
  • ** Failure to turn in the appropriate documents by the given deadline will disqualify you from continuing in the testing process**
The CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) will be the physical agility test that is utilized during this testing process to evaluate the candidate's physical ability to perform essential job tasks . What is the CPATWhere can I take the CPAT before I'm asked to show proof of my successful completion?
It is a standing rule that applicants are not to request a reschedule date for any portion of new applicant testing. Dates for testing, as advised by the hiring process, will stand as scheduled unless conditions for testing are outside the hiring process control. Should this occur, the hiring process administrators will advise applicants of the new test date(s).

Thank you for your interest in the Valparaiso Fire Department testing process. Good luck on achieving your goals!