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. Each department does their own application and hiring process.
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), Frenchtown, Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, Lockwood, Miles City, Missoula, & Missoula Rural
Q. When is testing?
A. 2021 will have testing in April and May; visit the Public Safety Testing web page at https://www.publicsafetytesting.com/career-path/positions/firefighter
Q. How do I register to test?
A. Register at: https://www.publicsafetytesting.com/career-path/positions/firefighter
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. 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. 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 PST at 1-866-47-3911 . If you have questions concerning a specific department, contact that department directly.