Connecticut - Ten Connecticut communities have joined together to offer an Entry Level Testing program for men and women interested in a Fire Service career. The consortium of Fire Departments is currently accepting applications through a testing company IO Solutions. Applications must be submitted directly thought IO Solutions at iosolutions.com. Application period closes May 4, 2018.
The goals of this program are threefold:
- Reduce the testing cost for applicants. Typically applicants must participate in independent testing processes each requiring an application fee and a written and oral examination. This is costly and time consuming for applicants. The consortium will charge a single fee and applicants take one written and oral examination to qualify for up to 10 departments.
- Reduce the testing cost for municipalities. Historically, municipalities conduct independent tests for Firefighter applicants. This process is time consuming and expensive for department and human resource staffs. The applicant pool is essentially the same and communities test and retest the same individuals. The Consortium has shifted the management of the test process to a private vendor and the cost to applicants in the form of an Application Fee.
- Improve Diversity. The Consortium is working to increase diversity of women and minorities in the applicant pool. Recruitment from the urban communities will help us meet this challenge. A diverse fire service statewide is best suited to meet the needs of the communities we serve.
Note: The individual department and communities make the final selection per local hiring rules and this may include a separate interview by the Department, Fire Commission or Human Resources Department.
For local information please contact the following participating Fire Departments directly
Branford Fire Department
East Hartford Fire Department
Fairfield Fire Department
Mansfield Fire and Emergency Services
Naugatuck Fire Department
New Canaan Fire Department
North Haven Fire Department
South Fire District Middletown
Westport Fire Department
Wilton Fire Department
Fire Service careers are tremendously rewarding and a great opportunity for those who have a desire to provide emergency services to the public. Firefighters work in a team-oriented environment to make a difference in the lives of those who call for help.