Each member department maintains its own hiring prerequisites, which are available on their websites. Some college education is desirable, as are EMT, Firefighter II, and Paramedic certifications. Certain departments prefer applicants with EMT certification, but it is not required to take this test.
All new Joplin fire personnel must meet the following requirements:
Be at least 18 years of age
Have a high school diploma or equivalent
Have Missouri-certified Firefighter 1 and 2 or certification in Firefighter 1 and 2 from an International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) State or ProBoard
Be a Missouri-licensed Emergency Medical Technician or National-Registered Emergency Medical Technician