Becoming a Camden Firefighter

The Camden Civil Service Commission has scheduled an open competition for the position of firefighter with the Camden Fire Department. The first portion of this competition — a written examination — will take place at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 15, 2020, at the Ouachita Valley Business & Technology Development Center, 625 Adams Avenue SE. Applicants who pass the written exam will conduct oral interviews and a physical agility test. Upon successful completion of all requirements, applicants will be placed on a hiring list that is valid for one year.

Applications will be accepted until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2020, and may be obtained at the Camden Fire Department-Central Station, 140 Van Buren Street NW; or by calling Central Station at (870) 836-2413. An application must be completed and turned into the department by the deadline to be eligible for testing.

A study guide for the written portion of the exam is available to purchase for $20.00 at the following website: Public Safety Compass


  • Citizen of the United States.
  • High School graduate or GED equivalent.
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 35.
  • Felony convictions are disqualifying.
  • Must pass a physical agility exam.
  • Must pass a thorough physical examination and drug screen.
  • Pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Must pass the firefighter entrance examination and be interviewed by the Civil Service Commission.
  • Must successfully complete Firefighter Standards Course at the Arkansas Fire Training Academy within 12 months of employment.


  • Starting base salary is $35,969, with an increase to $39,231 after one year.
  • Educational incentive pay of up to 10 percent of base salary (based on college credit hours and degree).
  • Certificate pay of up to 10 percent of base salary.
  • Uniform allowance of $700 annually.
  • Annual vacation (accrue 192 hours annually).
  • Sick leave benefits (accrue 360 hours annually).
  • Health and life insurance premiums for the employee, and majority of family coverage, are paid by the city of Camden.
  • Excellent retirement benefits, including:
    • Enrollment in the Arkansas Local Police and Fire Retirement System (LOPFI), a statewide defined-benefit retirement system.
    • Optional enrollment in the State of Arkansas Deferred Compensation Plan, a tax-advantaged 457(b) retirement plan available to governmental employees.

The city of Camden is an equal opportunity employer.