Lufkin Firefighter Employment

Firefighter Recruiters
Fire Chief Jesse Moody

Capt. Jimmy Ragsdale

Capt. Bill Gates

For more information email us or call 936-633-0376.

Upcoming Firefighter Entrance Exam (firefighter civil service test) info here

Register to take the exam by 5 p.m., Aug. 2, 2024, here

The exam is scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 15, 2024, at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center. 

Firefighter employment FAQs

What is the starting pay?
New hires who we pay and send through Fire Academy start at $49,800 a year. Once a new hire becomes certified, their annual salary increases to $52,600 plus assignment pay.
What are the requirements to take the Civil Service Test?
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be able to pass a polygraph test, department interview and drug screen
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age, having not reached their 36th birthday to take the test and be hired.
What is the recruiting process?
  • Submit your personal information form and supporting documentation including copy of military service discharge papers (if applicable), and copy of current Texas driver's license to the City of Lufkin’s Human Resource Department.
  • Applicants who meet the requirements listed above will be allowed to take the Civil Service Entrance Examination for entry-level firefighter.
  • Successful applicants will be subject to physical agility testing, background investigation, interview board and polygraph testing.
  • Upon satisfactory completion of the above, the applicant will be made a conditional offer of employment pending the results of:
    • Physical exam
    • Test for the use of illicit drugs or alcohol
Does the Department have hiring disqualifiers?
Yes. See the complete list here.
What is the fitness requirement?
Read about the Department's updated Physical ABILITY Test here.
What is the Department's tattoo policy?
1027.4 TATOOS
Any, brand, or mutilation on the head, neck, scalp, face, or hand must be covered by way of a uniform, business attire, or neutral-colored skin patch while on-duty. Tattoos, brands, or mutilations that are inappropriate, as determined at the sole discretion of the Fire Chief, must also be covered. Inappropriate marks may include but are not limited to marks that exhibit or advocate discrimination; marks that promote or express gang, supremacist, or extremist group affiliation; and marks that depict or promote drug use, sexually explicit acts, or other obscene material.
What benefits do firefighters have?
  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Lufkin Firemen’s Relief and Retirement Fund. 
    • Employee contributes 14.2% of gross earnings, which is tax deferred
    • City of Lufkin contributes 23% of gross earnings
    • A firefighter can retire at age 55 with at least 20 years of credited service
  • 120 paid vacation hours annually
  • 120 paid sick hours annually
  • 10 paid holidays plus birthday
  • Deferred compensation savings program
  • Longevity & certificate pay
What equipment does the Department provide?
The Department furnishes all uniforms and gear excluding footwear.
What special divisions opportunities does the Department offer?
  • Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief 
  • EMT Coordinator
  • Honor Guard
  • Field Training Officer
  • Instructor
  • Fire Marshal (we will send the right candidate through police academy) 
Special Operations including: 
  • HAZMAT Team
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • High Angle Rescue