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Registration opens January 24 for Carrollton Fire Rescue team exam

Always dreamed of being a firefighter – now is your chance in Carrollton. (Courtesy photo)

Become a part of the award-winning Carrollton Fire Rescue (CFR) team. Registration for the City of Carrollton firefighter entrance exam is now open and will remain open through Friday, January 24.

The exam will be administered Saturday, February 1 at 9 a.m. in the Newman Smith High School cafeteria (2335 North Josey Lane). After registering for the exam online, candidates will be emailed instructions on the remainder of the hiring process.

“CFR is looking for a hard-working individual who is motivated, compassionate, and strives to make a positive difference in other people’s lives,” Fire Chief Gregg Salmi said.

To be eligible for certification, applicants must be at least 18 years of age, but no more than 35 years old on the date the exam results are validated by the Civil Service Commission, according to Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code.

The department focuses heavily on training, equipment, and the health and wellness of its members. CFR is one of four area fire departments to share a joint training facility that opened in August 2017. The state-of-the-art training structure is six stories high, with more than 7,000 square feet of space to run multiple drills, burns, and rappelling exercises.

The City of Carrollton has a Class 1 Public Protection Classification (PPC) from the Insurance Services Office Inc. (ISO) for its improved fire protection capabilities. The rating is the highest possible and drives the City to the top 1 percent of all communities classified by the ISO.

In June 2019, CFR Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and paramedic teams received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Plus Level EMS Recognition Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) for superior response efforts in the area of cardiac care for the second year in a row. In October, the Prevention Division of CFR was awarded the 2019 Achievement of Excellence Gold Level Award by the Texas Fire Marshal’s Association (TXFMA) at the annual conference, which is the only formal recognition for performance excellence given by the TXFMA. CFR was also honored by the Woven Health Clinic in November with the 2019 Community Impact Award given to “community leaders and organizations leading the charge to provide innovative advanced health care for all.” CFR was presented with the award for being one of the first cities in the DFW Metroplex to implement new portable sonogram machines on ambulances and for the department’s involvement in teaching community cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) programs.

“Carrollton Fire Rescue is committed to creating a healthy community through a multi-faceted approach that focuses on developing community-wide involvement and partnerships with school districts, local businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups,” Salmi said.

The department has also earned the highest CPR save rate among members of the Dallas area Resuscitation Outcome Consortium (ROC) under the direction of the UT Southwestern Medical School. Additionally, CFR was presented with the 2017 Lone Star Achievement Award by the Texas Fire Chiefs Association in February 2018 for combined efforts in sharing resources with Addison, Coppell, and Farmers Branch Fire Departments to establish a joint fire training facility, a consolidated dispatch center, and a combined digital radio system supporting 16 fire stations and covering a population of approximately 250,000. In 2017, CFR celebrated 90 years of service to the Carrollton community.

“I firmly believe there is no better fire department than Carrollton Fire Rescue, which is a testament to the exceptional individuals that make up our team,” Salmi said.

Carrollton Fire Rescue’s mission is: To provide the citizens and visitors of Carrollton a well-trained team of professionals to protect their life and property through emergency prevention, education, code compliance, EMS, fire suppression, rescue, and emergency management in a safe, cooperative, efficient, and cost effective manner.

For more information and qualification details or to register for the exam, visit


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