Becoming a Camden Firefighter

The Camden Civil Service Commission will conduct an open, competitive examination for the position of firefighter at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2019. The exam will be held in the Training Room of the Camden Police Department, 1 Police Drive. Upon successful completion of a written exam, physical agility test, and oral interviews, applicants are placed on a hiring list that is valid for one year.

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019, and may be picked up at the Camden Fire Department, 140 Van Buren Avenue NW; at City Hall, 206 Van Buren Avenue NE; or by calling City Clerk Donna Stewart at (870) 836-6436.


  • 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 salary range is $34,000-$38,000 after first year, commensurate with education.
  • Uniform allowance of $700 annually.
  • 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.
  • Annual vacation (accrue 192 hours of vacation leave annually after first year).
  • 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.