Do I have to be a certified Texas Firefighter?

The San Marcos Fire Department has recently opened up our hiring practices to include the consideration of non-certified candidates. The possession of a Basic (or above) Structure Fire Protection Personnel Certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) or documentation from the TCFP stating that you are a certified firefighter may be an expectation dependent on the needs of the hiring process.  For more information visit the TCFP website.

The hiring requirements will be outlined with each hiring announcement posted on the City of San Marcos HR page-Careers.

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1. What is the fire department work & pay schedule?
2. Do you have/host a fire academy?
3. Can I pick up an application now? How do I apply?
4. Do you take applications throughout the year?
5. Where can I obtain study material for the civil service test?
6. Can I transfer my state fire certification from another state to Texas?
7. Is there an age limit to apply?
8. Will I get paid more if I have a degree?
9. If I am already a certified Firefighter, will I have to go through firefighting training?
10. Do I have to be a certified Texas Firefighter?
11. Do I need to be a licensed paramedic to take the Civil Service Exam?
12. Is there one civil service test for all the cities in Central Texas?
13. Can I volunteer as a firefighter in the City of San Marcos?
14. Where can I find general certification FAQs from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP)?