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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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.
Overland Park firefighters work a 24-hour Berkeley shift schedule, which repeats at its conclusion.
Paramedics work the schedule shown above, or four 10-hour days (Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday), depending on their assignment.
To qualify to become an Overland Park firefighter, you must
There is no residency requirement.
The following certifications are required of Overland Park firefighters:
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.
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.
To become an OPFD paramedic, you must:
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.