Q. How do I become a firefighter in Montana?
A. In order to become a firefighter in Montana (consortium departments only), you will need to successfully participate in (pass) the Montana Firefighters’ Testing Consortium (MFFTC) process. Your name must be on the current year’s eligibility list to be considered for employment as an entry level firefighter
Q. What is the Montana Firefighters’ Testing Consortium?
A. We are a group of fire departments that conducts testing once a year for entry level firefighters interesting in employment with any of the departments belonging to the consortium.
Q. Which fire departments participate in the MFFTC?
A. Big Sky, Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Central Valley (Belgrade area), Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Miles City, Missoula, & Missoula Rural
Q. When is testing?
A. We do a single annual testing. The next one is May 20-23, 2019 in Great Falls, MT.
Q. How do I register to test?
A. Registration is open from mid November to mid March each year. Click the “Apply” tab above to register (if you get a “login” screen, registration is not open yet). A registration fee is required, so be prepared to pay that through paypal. Registration fees are NOT refundable.
Q. What happens after I register?
A. You will get an e-mail from paypal confirming your registration. A few weeks after registration closes, you will be contacted via e-mail with a web page link that will provide you with all the documentation you need for testing.
Q. What can I expect from the written test?
A. Characteristics of the written test include: ability to learn; memory and application of information read; reading comprehension; interests; situational judgment; and logical and mathematical reasoning ability.
Q. Is there study material to prepare for the written test?
A. Not before the testing date. Part of the test includes a study guide that candidates receive and review for 20 minutes prior to the test. Notes can not be taken during this 20 minutes. This is the portion of the test regarding memory and application of materials read.
Q. What is the passing score for the written test?
A. To be scheduled for the CPAT portion, you must have a 70% or higher score on the written test.
Q. How is the schedule done for the physical test?
A. All registrants are assigned a computer generated random ID number before testing. Those who pass the written physical are scheduled for a time slot to do the physical test based on that ID number. You may be scheduled between Tuesday morning and early Thursday afternoon. The schedule is usually posted around 6 pm on Monday.
Q. What if my scheduled time won’t work for me?
A. Once the preliminary schedule is posted, a representative from the consortium will remain at check-in for about a half hour or so. Individuals may switch times with each other at the check-in location. Individuals may also switch with each other on Tuesday – Thursday by visiting the check-in table (both parties must be present).
Q. Do departments accept applications or do interviewing at the testing?
A. No. After you pass both the written and physical test, you will go to the check-out table to receive your certificate and pick up application packets or hiring information from all the departments you are interested in working for. Depending on the departments needs, application may be required to be returned within a few weeks, or they may notify you when they have an opening on how to apply.
If your question was not answered above, please contact Sheri Hall with the City of Helena, Human Resource Office at (406) 447-8404. If you have questions concerning a specific department, contact that department directly.