The Lake Charles Fire Department is continuously recruiting applicants for the position of firefighter.

Applications are available by clicking here.

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 - Click here to view a video of our Agility Test.
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Pass an Oral Interview Board
  • Pass medical/physical examinations, including a drug screen

Salary and Benefits

A written breakdown of a Lake Charles firefighter's salary and benefits appears below this video. This video provides a thorough overview.

Lake Charles firefighters are paid semi-monthly and can expect to receive a beginning annual salary of $33,503. In addition, firefighters will receive $600.00 per month supplemental pay or $7,200.00 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 $600.00 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

To learn more about applying for the Lake Charles Fire Department click here.