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Our next entrance exam will be held January 7, 2023. Don't miss your chance to join the Mesquite Fire Department! Sign up here to be notified automatically when we begin accepting applications. 

Physical Ability Test (PAT) Dates for 2022 Candidates 
The PAT is by invitation only.  You will be contacted by email and/or phone when your PAT date is approaching.

March 3, 2022 PAT Course Practice (Optional) - Top 40 Candidates 
by Written Exam Score   
March 4, 2022 Test Date - Top 40 Candidates by Written Exam Score 
April 7, 2022 PAT Course Practice (Optional) - Next 45 Candidates
by Written Exam Score 
April 8, 2022 Test Date - Next 45 Candidates 
September 9, 2022 PAT Course Practice (Optional) - Remaining Candidates for 2022
September 16, 2022 Test Date - Remaining Candidates for 2022
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Requirements to Become a Mesquite Firefighter


To become a Mesquite Firefighter, you must be:  

  • A U.S. Citizen. 
  • At least 21 years of age, but no older than 35 years of age on the date of the entrance exam. (Candidates must be hired before their 36th birthday.)

Candidates must have completed a minimum of either: 

  • Thirty semester hours of college credit in general subjects from an accredited college or university*, or
  • Two years of active military service with an honorable discharge.

College Credit Requirements

  • Developmental/remedial courses are not accepted 
  • Grades lower than "C" are not accepted 
  • A letter grade of "P" will be accepted
Physical/Mental Requirements
  • Vision: A candidate’s vision must be correctable to 20/30, and with no color blindness.
  • Hearing: Candidates may not be certified as eligible if audiometric testing shows average hearing loss in their unaided better ear greater than 40 decibels (dB) at 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, and 2000 Hz when the audiometric device is calibrated to ANSI Z24.5.
  • Candidates must be mentally alert, have the ability to get along well with others, have a willingness to perform assigned duties and responsibilities, be conscientious and dependable and in excellent physical condition.
  • Candidates must posses a valid Texas Class A or B Driver’s License (upon assignment) and meet City driving requirements. Candidates must pass a qualifying physical agility and medical examination, including drug testing.
  • Drug usage may be a disqualification, depending on the substance used and frequency of use.
*An “accredited college or university” is an institution of higher education that is accredited by one of the following agencies: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges or Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Coursework from a foreign college or university will also be accepted after being reviewed by an agency that is certified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) to determine the course taken, credit received and letter grade earned.

Minimum requirements are set forth by the Civil Service Commission and are subject to change.

Base Salary (Effective January 1, 2022)

  • $66,304.37 per year starting
  • $69,616.02 per year after one year of service
  • $73,096.62 per year after two years of service
  • $76,757.40 per year after three years of service
  • $80,584.80 per year after four years of service
  • $84,623.87 per year after five years of service
  • $88,855.07 per year after six years of service


  • Life Insurance
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • 10 Paid Holidays/Year
  • Three Weeks Paid Vacation/Year
  • Sick Leave
  • Texas Municipal Retirement System and Social Security
  • Longevity Pay
  • Certification Pay
  • Bilingual Pay
  • Educational Incentive
Documents Required with Application

Candidates passing the minimum qualifications and supplemental questions on the online application will receive an email from the Human Resources Department with further instructions and a deadline to submit the following required documents:

  • College Transcript from every college attended
    • Transcripts submitted must be official copies. Photocopies will not be accepted.
    • Transcripts must show courses taken, letter grades received and credit hours earned.
  • DD-214 Military Discharge Document, Member-4 Page (if applicable)

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