Cadets during graduation


Below are the disqualifiers for the AFD Employment Process. Please review the following carefully to determine your potential eligibility.

The Austin Fire Department will not answer questions concerning an applicant's potential eligibility with respect to the following questions. All applicants will be thoroughly verified for eligibility prior to being offered the position of Fire Cadet. If you feel that you meet the minimum requirements to be considered for a position, you are encouraged to apply.

The City of Austin is a drug-free workplace. As part of the hiring process for this position, applicants selected as finalists will be subject to mandatory pre-employment alcohol and drug testing. Additionally, Firefighters are subject to periodic random drug screenings.

This position requires a criminal background investigation.

In order to be considered for employment, applicants should not be classified by any of the following criteria:

Criminal Arrests and Convictions Disqualification Period
Felony Conviction (If a felony at time of conviction or a felony in another state regardless of the Texas equivalent) Permanent
Misdemeanor Class A Conviction Permanent
Misdemeanor Class B Conviction Five years from conviction date
Two or more Misdemeanor Class B or higher level convictions Permanent
Misdemeanor Class C- Conviction (excluding traffic) Two years from conviction date
DWI or DUI charge with conviction on a reduced level offense (ex: reckless driving or blocking roadway) Five years from conviction date
History of family violence reports (suspect in three or more incidents with no convictions) Permanent
Two or more Misdemeanor Class B (or greater level) arrests Five years from date of last arrest
Two or more Misdemeanor Class C level arrests Two years from date of last arrest

A person is considered to be convicted of an offense when an ADJUDICATION OF GUILT is entered against said person by a court of competent jurisdiction, or a PLEA OF GUILTY is entered.

Out-of-state offenses will be held to the Texas equivalent.

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