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  • Fire Department Employment Information Page

    If you are interested in a rewarding and exciting career.

    The St. Bernard Parish Fire Department is looking for you.




    Firefighter's work under the direction of a Company Officer. Duties include: firefighting, rescue, forcible entry, ventilation, first aid, CPR, HAZMAT, cleaning/service of tools and equipment, and work in Fire Alarm as a relief FCO, as needed. After one year of service, firefighter's are required to be able to work in the position of Engineer and drive the Fire unit's along with operate the pump and equipment on the unit.

    Fire Communications Officer:
    FCO's work out of Fire Alarm communication's center located in the Parish Government Complex. Duties include: answering emergency 911 phone calls, dispatching appropriate fire units, handling all phone and radio traffic to assist with emergencies, and maintain vital record's of communication's. Computer, typing, and clear communication skill's are important. FCO's hold the rank of Captain.

    Fire Prevention Inspector:
    FPI's work out of Headquarters during the day and from Fire Station 1 at night. Duties include: enforcement of fire codes, issue permit's, review construction plan's, maintain fire reports, investigate origin and cause of fires, testify in court on such matters, and work with law enforcement.  FPI's hold the rank of Captain.

    Firefighter's are in the Suppression Division.The work schedule for the Suppression Division is 24 hours on duty, 48 hours off duty. Report time is 7:00 AM and relieve time is 7:00 AM the following morning.

    Fire Communication Officer's are in the Communication Division. The work schedule for the Communication Division is 12 hour shifts with a Day shift and a Night shift. Report time is 6:00 AM for the Day shift, and 6:00 PM for the Night shift.

    Fire Prevention Inspector's are in the Fire Prevention Division. The work schedule for the Fire Prevention Division is the same schedule as the Suppression Division, 24 hours on duty, 48 hours off duty. Report time is 6:00AM and relieve time is 6:00AM the following morning.


    Civil Service
    Impartial hearing and review on all personnel actions.

    Collective Bargaining Agreement:
    Union contract with certain rights between St. Bernard Parish Firefighters and St. Bernard Parish Government.

    Starting wage for a Firefighter:     $9.75 per hour avg. 56 hrs / week

    Starting wage for a Fire Communication Officer:     $16.28 per hour avg. 42 hrs / week

    Starting wage for a Fire Prevention Inspector:  $11.88 per hour avg. 56 hrs / week

    Paid Annual Leave:
    Earn 18 hours per month, 1st through the 10th year
    Earn 1 hour more for each additional year thereafter

    Paid Sick Leave:
    Earn 12 hours per month

    2% Annual Salary Increase:
    As required by state law

    Supplemental Pay:
    $500.00 per month from the State after one year of service

    Health Insurance:
    Single or Family
    Parish pays 70% of premium
    Employee pays 30% of premium

    Vested after 12 years of service
    3.3% of pay, per year of service (ex 20 years = 66%, 25 years = 83%, 30 years = 99%)
    Eligibility: 20 years and age 50, or 25 years and any age
    Also has Survivor Benefits and a DROP

    Paid Holidays:
    15 designated Holidays per year
    Holiday pay is 2 times regular pay
    You only get paid for Holidays actually worked

    Personal Day:
    One personal day off per year

    Contact Information:
    For test dates, job prerequisites, and applications, contact:
       St. Bernard Fire Civil Service Board                                        
       Lenor Duplessis
       Fire Civil Service Board Secretary
       (504) 278-4200


    Click the link above to visit the State Examiners office website.

      Glen Ellis IV
      Fire Civil Service Representative

    For possible hiring information contact:
       St. Bernard Fire Department Headquarters
       8201 West Judge Perez
       Chalmette, LA 70043 
       (504) 278-4275 Office
       (504) 278-1583 Fax

    To speak with some of our firefighters, look on the Offices page of this website for Station phone numbers. Our firefighters would be happy to answer your questions. You can also contact us here at Future Firefighter form

    Page Last Updated: Feb 18, 2020 (08:45:25)
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