City of Shawnee Fire Department Fire Department

Career Opportunities

Firefighters undertake diverse responsibilities encompassing fire prevention, suppression, emergency rescue, basic life support, and first aid, often in hazardous conditions. These professionals work under the direction of a Fire Captain and must strictly adhere to safety regulations to ensure the well-being of all individuals involved. Initial training equips firefighters with foundational skills, and continuous knowledge development is essential to excel in this role.

The City is served by four stations: John B. Glaser Fire Station #71 at 6501 Quivira, Station #72 at 5840 Renner, Station #73 at 6805 Hedge Lane, and Station #74 at 5300 Woodsonia. These stations are strategically located to facilitate efficient emergency response within the community.

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Salary Range:

Recruit Firefighter $50,000
1 Year Firefighter $55,000 - $56,000
2 Year Firefighter $59,400 - $60,775
3 Year Firefighter $63,558 -  $65,342
4 Year Firefighter $68,007 - $70,888
5 Year Firefighter $72,087 - $76,205
6 Year Firefighter $76,052 - $81,539
7 Year Firefighter $79,094 - $86,024
Master Firefighter $79,094 - $86,024

Minimum Qualifications for Recruit Firefighter

A Firefighter Recruit must possess the following prior to application deadline:

  • High school or general equivalency diploma (GED).
  • Certification under the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians AND/OR Kansas Emergency Medical Technician* (EMT).
  • Successful completion of the following National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) OR International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certifications though the Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute or equally recognized and accredited organization:
    • Firefighter I  
    • Firefighter II 
    • HAZMAT Awareness 
    • HAZMAT Operations  

A Firefighter Recruit must provide the following at or prior to the Staff Interview:

  • Certified Physical Agility Test (CPAT) within the past 12 months*

Certification as a State of Kansas Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced (A), or Paramedic* is required by the end date of the internal academy that is conducted post-hire.

Work Schedule:
Shift fire personnel work a regular pattern of 24-hour shifts in a 28 day work period. This includes: 24 hours on shift (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.), 24 hours off duty, 24 hours on duty, 24 hours off duty, 24 on duty, 96 hours off duty (this schedule is often referred to as the "California Berkley Shift").