University Fire Department will begin accepting applications for Student Firefighters May 1, 2014.  

This testing process will produce a hiring list from which we will hire throughout 2014 and 2015.  The testing process will include an online application, written examination, physical agility (CPAT) and an oral interview.  The minimum requirements for hiring are a good driving record, 18 years of age and with the intention of registering at UAF by the Fall of 2014 as a full-time student.  Another requirement is to possess or obtain an IFSAC Firefighter I.  To obtain an IFSAC Firefighter I see Fire Academy Section below.

For further information about the University Fire Department, please contact Captain Forrest Kuiper at, or contact Susan Sanborn at 907-474-5770.



The applicant can only apply online to be eligible for this position between May 1 and August 8, 2014.  Applying for the position must be completed prior to the testing dates.  To apply on line go to:

STEP 2: APTITUDE TEST-WRITTEN (75 percent passing score to move on)

The applicant will be administered a written aptitude test which measures an applicant's skills at reasoning, mechanical aptitude, basic math, reading, and memorization.  Written tests will be available weekdays at the UAF Testing Services at 211 Gruening Building between May 1 and August 1, 2014.   To schedule an appointment to take your test or for more information:

Additional written test dates will be made available in Anchorage, Seattle and/or other locations.  For further clarification on the written test process, please click here: 


Firefighting is a job that requires physical strength and stamina.  To measure an applicant's capabilities, UFD uses the Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT).  You must have a CPAT card from any licensed test site or complete the CPAT test at UFD Station #2, 1950 University Avenue in Fairbanks.  CPAT testing opportunities will be available on weekends between May 30 and July 6, 2014 only.

CPAT Testing will be offered in Fairbanks on the following Sundays in June:  1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd by prior appointment.  Contact Susan Sanborn at 907-474-5770 to schedule an appointment. There is a $20.00 fee to take the CPAT test.  The fee must be paid (cash or check) prior to testing, no refunds.  Make checks payable to University Fire Department.  Click here to pay online.

For the CPAT Video Guide please click here:  


Applicants who have passed the written exam and CPAT will continue on to an oral interview.  Approximately fifteen (15) questions will be directed at the applicant and scored on not only what the response is, but how that response is given.  Oral interviews will be conducted in Fairbanks on August 16 or August 17, 2014.  


ALL APPLICANTS MUST PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK (7 AAC 10.905).  A successful applicant will be extended a conditional offer of employment contingent upon his/her driving record.  To view "Unacceptable Moving Violations" which would disqualify an applicant from receiving a position with University Fire Department, please review the following "Driving Record Standard".


Click to review "Driving Record Standard"


The total scores of each applicant will be ranked according to application, written scores, and interview scores.  Positive or negative feedback on the background investigation will be used to determine the eligibility and ranking.


Applicants are required to have a current valid driver's license and obtain a  valid  Alaska driver’s license within 30 days of employment or obtain a  valid  Alaska driver’s license by the end of a 90-day period after entry into the state.  Applicants must also provide immunization records before hire that show the following vaccinations : Hepatitis A, B, and Tuberculosis.

Links for the Above

Please click on the links below for additional information.

Fire Chief Schrage instructing FF1 Academy class


Firefighter 1 is not required at the time of application; however, to be eligible for employment at University Fire Department you must have a State of Alaska Firefighter 1 certificate by date of hire.  Out-of-state applicants who have IFSAC or Pro-Board Firefighter 1 certifications can qualify for reciprocity with the State of Alaska and meet this requirement. (Click here to contact State of Alaska FSC).
Applicants who don't have a State of Alaska Firefighter 1 certification, or who cannot receive reciprocity from their current certification, are highly encouraged to enroll in the UAF Community and Technical College (CTC) Firefighter 1 Academy.  This is an exceptional program that has produced outstanding firefighters. 

The UAF/CTC Emergency Services Program provides an excellent, intensive Firefighter Academy in the summer in Fairbanks.   This is a six week para-military style program conducted at the UFD training grounds and meets both State of Alaska/IFSAC standards and the high standards expected at UFD.   

For more information on the Firefighter Academy contact John George, UAF/CTC Emergency Services Program Coordinator, University Park Building, 1000 University Avenue, PO Box 758120, Fairbanks, Alaska   99775, office 907-455-2879, fax 907-455-2813 or email:  (See Fire Science Program)  (See Bachelors of Emergency Management Program)

Scholarship and financial aid information can be obtained from John George.



SCBA Class with Captain Phillips

Please call (907) 474-5770 if additional information is needed
or e-mail:

University Fire Department
611 N. Chandalar
PO Box 755540
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5540

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