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FW Fire Department To Accept Applications For New Firefighter Recruit Class

Fort Wayne Fire Chief Eric Lahey today announced that the Fort Wayne Fire Department is accepting applications for 18 firefighter positions in their 93rd Recruit Class.

The Department is an inclusive organization and is seeking all qualified applicants, ages 21 – 36, who will be committed to saving lives in Fort Wayne.

“We encourage and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds who will bring multiple perspectives, new ideas and insights to the Fort Wayne Fire Department,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “Our outstanding fire department, with the leadership of Chief Eric Lahey, is leading the way in fire protection services, life-saving practices and public outreach and education. Adding additional firefighters to protect our citizens and businesses will make the Department even stronger.”

“The Fort Wayne Fire Department is actively looking to recruit men and women of color,” said City Councilwoman Michelle Chambers. “A career with the Fort Wayne Fire Department is a career pathway to success, an excellent way to serve your community, be a servant leader and remain connected to our great summit city of Fort Wayne.”

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. EST on July 31, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted. Classes will start February 1, 2021, and those who graduate will begin employment at their assigned fire station by June 19, 2021.

More information and instructions relating to the hiring process are available at

Applications will be available online only. Access to the Internet and to computer terminals may be found at the City of Fort Wayne Human Resource Department’s Job Kiosk between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Citizens Square, 200 East Berry Street, Suite 370, Fort Wayne, IN. Local libraries also have Internet access. Check with your local library branch for their individual hours.

Applicants who successfully submit an application by the deadline will be notified of next steps.