Mesquite Fire Department
Minimum Qualifications

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  • Candidates must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Candidates must be not less than 21 years of age nor more than 35 years of age
  • Candidates must have completed a minimum of either:
    • Sixty (60) semester hours of college credit in general subjects from an accredited college or university*
    • Two (2) years of active military service with an honorable discharge plus 30 semester hours of college credit in any subject from an accredited college or university*
  • Candidate’s vision must be at least 20/100 uncorrected, correctable to 20/30 with no color blindness.
  • 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 devise is calibrated to ANSI Z24.5.
  • Candidates must be mentally alert, have the ability to get along well with others, willing 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 will be expected to participate in and 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.

College Credit Requirements:

  • developmental/remedial courses not accepted
  • grades lower than "C" not accepted (transcripts must clearly show that any special coding such as “CR” is equivalent to a “C” or above in order to be accepted toward the minimum requirement.
  • letter grade of "P" will be accepted

*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.

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