Lafayette Fire Department Recruitment Process

Note: The Lafayette Fire Department is not currently accepting applications. 



In order to be considered for appointment to the Lafayette Fire Department the applicant must meet the following pre-employment requirements (this list is not all-inclusive):
  • An applicant must be a resident citizen of the United States and must be a resident of Tippecanoe County, Indiana or a contiguous county at the time of appointment.
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Applicants shall be a high school graduate as evidenced by a diploma issued by a high school accredited by the department or agency of a state authorized to accredit high schools. An equivalency diploma (G.E.D.) issued by such an accredited high school is acceptable.
  • Must acquire an Indiana Drivers License within 30 days of appointment.
  • A dishonorable discharge from the military shall disqualify the applicant.
  • Applicants receiving compensation or pension benefits from the military service are not disqualified from applying.
  • The applicant shall also possess the following Vision standards:
    • Corrected vision-binocular vision no worse than 20/40.
    • Uncorrected vision-binocular vision no worse than 20/100 (with the exception for long term successful users of soft contact lenses).
    • The applicant shall also have the ability to distinguish the colors of red, green, and amber.
    • The applicant shall have no pathology of the eyes.
    • Minimum standards as set forth by the Indiana Public Retirement Fund-PERF.
  • Applicants shall not have been convicted of a felony.
  • Must be able to successfully complete both the written aptitude examination and extensive physical agility test.
  • Must be able to pass a preliminary background check and a thorough background investigation.
  • Must submit to two (2) oral interviews.
  • Must successfully pass polygraph test.
  • No illegal delivery of drugs for monetary or material gain.
  • No illegal use of any type of drugs for 2 years prior to applying.
  • Eligibility ends on the applicants 36 birthday.
  • State of Indiana HOUSE BILL 1359, Sec 5 (a) - effective July 1st, 2016: Waives the maximum hiring age restrictions that apply to the appointment and hiring of police officers and firefighters for an individual who is a veteran of the armed forces and who is not more than forty (40) years and (6) months of age. Provides that an individual who is appointed as a police officer or a firefighter as the result of a waiver is eligible to become a member of the 1977 police officers' and firefighters' pension and disability fund (1977 fund). Requires a member of the 1977 fund to retire at 70 years of age.

Application / Appointment Process

All Lafayette Fire Department Applications must be returned to the Lafayette Fire Department on or before October 1st, 2020.  Print BOTH the Application Information Package (13 pages) AND the Recruit Firefighter Application (13 pages).  You can find the documents here:

These documents open best in the latest version of Adobe Acrobat (use browsers Explorer, Chrome or Firefox).  You should also have Adobe Acrobat set as the default reader. 

If you have any trouble accessing either document, please call our office at 765-807-1600 and it can be emailed. The following is a description of the application/appointment process and the order in which the events will occur;

1) Complete Written Test
The Lafayette Fire Department offers full testing services for the position of firefighter through National Testing Network, Inc.  To schedule a test, go to their website, select Fire and sign up for the City of Lafayette, Indiana Fire Department.

What to expect at the National Testing Network website:
  • Review all information related to the Lafayette Fire Department Firefighter position, including minimum requirements, salary and benefits.
  • Detailed information about the testing process for both the entry level test and CPAT testing.
  • Opportunity to take online practice tests at here.
  • Schedule your own convenient test time.  
  • Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment.
Upon completion of the entry level exam, all candidate scores are automatically forwarded to the Lafayette Fire Department.  Candidates who attain a passing score on the entry level exam should submit an application with the Lafayette Fire Department.

Applicants must complete NTN testing prior to the application deadline.  The score of this test does not affect the placement on the hiring list.  Any application that receives a passing score will be allowed to continue in the application process.

The Lafayette Fire Merit Commission on January 23rd, 2018 accepted the following as the minimum passing score on each portion of the NTN test for the Lafayette Fire Department:
  • Combined Score:  70 points
  • Reading: 70 points 
  • Math: 70 points
  • Mechanical: 65 points
  • Human Relations: 75 points
2) Complete & Submit Application
Incomplete or incorrectly completed applications will be disqualified. Any application not completed following directions will also be disqualified. All applications are considered final once they are turned in to the Lafayette Fire Department. Applications will not be returned in order to make changes once it has been turned in. (Any changes in applicant contact information will be accepted by contacting the Lafayette Fire Department).

Applications must be received by the Lafayette Fire Department by the advertised application deadline. No late applications will be accepted. There is a $40 application fee.  Payment must be included in the application in the form of a check/money order (Checks should be made payable to the City of Lafayette)This fee is for a preliminary background check and is non-refundable.

3) Preliminary Background Check
The City of Lafayette will conduct the preliminary background check prior to scheduling interviews.  Hireright has been secured as a third party vendor (consumer reporting agency) to assist the City of Lafayette in collecting and verifying information.  ONLY Applicants that receive a "PASS" determination after the preliminary background check will continue on in the process.

4) Interview With Lafayette Fire Department Hiring Committee
Applicants whose applications are accepted will interview with the Lafayette Fire Department's Hiring Committee. The committee will score each applicant. The top 30 applicants will move then forward in the hiring process. Those applicants that are not in the top 30 will be notified by mail that they will not be moving forward in the process.

5) Interview With Lafayette Fire Merit Commission
The Lafayette Fire Merit Commission will interview the 30 applicants that were selected through the Lafayette Fire Department's Hiring Committee. The Commission will score the applicants based on the interview and may use the application for reference.

6) Scoring of Applications
Once the 30 applicants have completed the Fire Merit Commission interview, The Lafayette Fire Department's Hiring Committee will score each application.

7) Compilation of Hiring List
Once all of the previous steps have been completed, the scores of the 30 applicants will be calculated and the hiring list will be created in the order of the total scores. Each candidate will be notified of their place on the hiring list.

8) Candidate Physical Abilities Test Certification
Upon notification of their placement on the hiring list, the 30 applicants will be given a deadline to obtain the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) certification. Failure to meet that deadline or failure to pass the CPAT and receive certification will result in removal from the hiring list. CPAT certification from any authorized site is accepted.

The Central Indiana CPAT Training Site is at the Emergency Services Educational Center (ESEC) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Please call the ESEC or visit their website for the most current information on their testing dates. Emergency Services Education Center is located at:
700 N High School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46214
Phone: 317-998-7703

8) Additional Information
Applicants will be notified, by mail, of their position on the final hiring list. Applicants shall not contact the Lafayette Fire Department or the Lafayette Human Resources Department to inquire about positioning on the list.

Applicants will be contacted as they progress through each phase of the process for direction. Any applicant who is disqualified at any phase will receive a notice of such disqualification by U.S. Mail.

The employment of any applicant is considered probationary for a period of 1 year. That probation period may be extended for a period not to exceed 6 months, upon the recommendation of the Fire Chief.

Appointment Process

1) Offer of Employment
Once the department decides to hire, The Fire Chief will contact the applicants in the order of the approved hiring list to make an offer of employment. Any decline in the offer of employment will result in the removal from the approved hiring list.

2) Polygraph & Thorough Background Investigation
Once acceptance has been agreed upon, the Lafayette Fire Department will begin a thorough background investigation on that applicant as well as schedule a polygraph examination. Failing the polygraph (deception) will result in automatic failure and the applicant will no longer be considered for employment. Any information obtained during polygraph process as well as the background investigation report will be forwarded to a board to review. The board will review the information from those processes and make a determination on whether the applicant will continue in the hiring process or the offer of employment will be rescinded based on that information.

Any information gathered during the polygraph process and/or background investigation will remain confidential to the review board and will not be released to any outside parties or individuals

3) Physical & Psychiatric Examinations
Once an applicant clears the polygraph and background investigation process, the department will schedule a physical and psychiatric examination as required by the Indiana Public Retirement System's (PERF) 1977 Police and Firefighter's fund requirements. The results of these tests are then forwarded to the state's PERF review board for approval. The PERF review board could ask for retests in areas at its discretion. The review board will make a determination of pass, pass with exceptions or fail.

4) Hire Date Established
Once the applicant has passed all the required testing, the applicant will be given a date that they will begin employment. When establishing that date, consideration will be given to allow the future employee time to give notification to any current employers.