OPFD Careers

The job of a firefighter is one of the most physically demanding, ever-changing, and rewarding jobs there is.

Serving your community through a career with the Overland Park Fire Department not only guarantees interesting work, but opens up opportunities for investigations, inspections, public education, and other career paths that will help you save lives.

Our department is a wealth of fire science knowledge and a family of occupational athletes from whom you can learn and grow. Read and experience more below about what it’s like to serve with the Overland Park Fire Department.

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Salary

Annual salary for an entry-level firefighter is $38,136 with a maximum of $70,092, reachable in a salary step plan.

Entry-level paramedics earn an annual salary of $40,800 with a maximum of $70,092, reachable in a salary step plan.

The city offers excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance, a defined benefit retirement plan as well as a defined contribution retirement plan.

Schedule

Overland Park firefighters work a 24-hour Berkeley shift schedule, which repeats at its conclusion.

  • 24 hours on (8 a.m. to 8 a.m.)
  • 24 hours off
  • 24 hours on (8 a.m. to 8 a.m.)
  • 24 hours off
  • 24 hours on (8 a.m. to 8 a.m.)
  • Four days off

Paramedics work the schedule shown above, or four 10-hour days (Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday), depending on their assignment.

Minimum Qualifications

 

Firefighters

To qualify to become an Overland Park firefighter, you must

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Have a valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record
  • Meet the city’s pre-employment requirements, which include
    • Background checks
    • Pre-employment physical
    • Drug screening
    • Psychological evaluation
  • Not have any members of your immediate family employed full-time or part-time by the city.
  • Successfully pass the candidate physical ability test one year or less prior to employment
  • Achieve a 70 percent or better on the written Fire Service Entrance Exam within the last two years

There is no residency requirement.

Certification Requirements

The following certifications are required of Overland Park firefighters:

  • Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 certifications in the State of Kansas or equivalent International Fire Service Training Association certification.
  • Emergency Medical Technician Certification in the State of Kansas or National Registry.

Firefighter certifications are available locally through Johnson County Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Western Missouri Regional Fire Academy at Blue River Community College, or the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Emergency medical technician certifications are available locally through Johnson County Community College or Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Resources

Register for a Fire Science Entrance Exam through Johnson County Community College’s Continuing Education program or the Metropolitan Community College – Blue River Campus.

Learn more about preparing for the candidate physical ability test on the International Fire Chiefs Association website.

Paramedics

To become an OPFD paramedic, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Have a valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record
  • Meet the city’s pre-employment requirements, which include
    • Background checks
    • Pre-employment physical
    • Drug screening
    • Psychological evaluation
  • Not have any members of your immediate family employed full-time or part-time by the city.

Certification Requirements

Overland Park paramedics must hold a paramedic certification in the State of Kansas or on the national registry. This certification is available through Johnson County Community College or Kansas City Kansas Community College.