The Lake Charles Fire Department is continuously recruiting applicants for the position of firefighter. Applications are available at the Lake Charles Fire Department Administration Offices, located at 4200 Kirkman Street, Lake Charles, LA 70607.

Hiring Process

The applicant will need to complete an application for the position of firefighter and submit it to the Fire Administration Office. The proper documentation must be included with your firefighter application to verify that you meet the qualifications required for admission into the examination.


Basic Qualification Requirements

  • Must be a Citizen of the United States
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED
  • Possess a valid Louisiana Drivers License

Additional Qualification Requirements

  • Pass a written Civil Service Examination
  • Pass a Physical Agility Test
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Pass an Oral Interview Board
  • Pass medical/physical examinations, including a drug screen

Salary and Benefits

Lake Charles firefighters are paid semi-monthly and can expect to receive a beginning annual salary of $31,566.08. In addition, firefighters will receive $500.00 per month supplemental pay or $6,000.00 annually for their first year of service. After the successful completion of one year's employment, the firefighter will receive from the state of Louisiana a $500.00 per month supplemental pay check, in lieu of the City's supplemental pay. 

  • Retirement Benefits with LA Firefighters' Retirement System
  • City of Lake Charles health and life insurance benefits
  • Eighteen (18) days of annual vacation leave after one year's employment.
  • Work duty uniforms and Firefighter Bunker Gear provided
  • On the job training and will obtain a state certification upon successful completion of the Regional Firefighter Training Academy.
  • The position of firefighter is a Competitive Civil Service Classified Position.

For more information on applying at the Lake Charles Fire Department, contact the Fire Administration Office at (337)491-1360.

Additional testing and employment information can be accessed at the Office of the State Examiner/Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service website at

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