Recruitment and Careers


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We encourage all applicants to create a NEOGOV account and a job profile. 

Interested in a firefighting career with us? Fill out the 2020 Job Interest Form

Recruitment Facts


The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services offers exceptional and diverse career opportunities for men and women seeking professional development and satisfaction. With excellent salaries and benefits, a variety of job assignments, unlimited opportunities for advancement and the chance to make a profound difference in the community. 

Minimum Qualifications 
  • Must possess a valid Motor Vehicle Class C Operator's driver's license issued by the State of residence; 
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED; 
  • Must provide documentation of eligibility to legally work in the United States. 
As a condition of employment, persons selected for all future training classes shall not use tobacco products in any form throughout the term of their employment whether on or off duty. Any use of tobacco products during the term of employment shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action and/or termination. 

Application information will be updated when available.

You must apply through the County's job portal at

Written Exam

Those who are selected at the conclusion of the application submission will be invited to take the written exam.


Rooms at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center that candidates will meet at to check-in for CPAT mentorship.


The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) will be offered to those candidates who have passed the written exam.  Once you have received a notification that you have passed the written test, a sign up sheet will be sent to you for the CPAT. There is no need to call Human Resources inquiring about the CPAT schedule.

You must bring your photo ID and completed Physician Authorization form. All candidates MUST wear LONG pants.

If you choose to email or mail your Physician Authorization Form to the addresses noted below, you will receive a receipt via email that must be brought to your first CPAT Program Activity.

Please review and prepare the following forms (as applicable):

CPAT Fitness Trainers Resource

CPAT Orientation Guide

CPAT Preparation Guide

CPAT Test Evaluation Form

SAMPLE CPAT Physician Authorization Form

For mailing: Recruitment, 2201 Warwick Way, Marriottsville, MD 21104

For email:


Howard County Fire & Rescue is looking for professional, dedicated, and enthusiastic men and women that value the importance of serving the community. Take the time to ask yourself what values you hold as a high priority in your own life. Howard County FF/EMT’s and Paramedics focus on coming together as a team during each shift to make the best decisions on each call they run. They are trusted by the local community to use all the skills learned in some of the most challenging situations. 

Interview information will be disseminated as it becomes available.

Conditional Offer

Conditional offers will be sent to candidates selected by the Human Resources Division and will include information on the next step.

Background Check