Do you have
what it takes?

The City of Houma Fire Department seeks highly motivated individuals who will serve our community with integrity and courage, committing themselves to protecting the lives and property of the citizens of Houma.

Pay & Benefits

  • Firefighters' starting pay is $28,648.80 per year.
  • After 1 year of service and a Firefighter I certification, all firefighters receive state supplemental pay (an additional $500 per month) for a total yearly salary of $34,648.80 after one year..
  • Overtime and extra duty assignments are also available throughout the year.
  • Employees are offered health insurance for single or family coverage.
  • Pension plan (Louisiana Firefighters Retirement).
  • Paid vacation (minimum 18 days after one year of service).
  • Paid sick leave and holidays.
  • Paid throughout basic training.
  • 24/48 schecule (1 day on, 2 days off).
  • For questions or more information contact:
    Mark Stevenson, Training Officer
    (985) 873-6391


You must have a high school diploma or equivalent, including homeschooling projects.

You must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid Louisiana driver's license.

You must pass a Civil Service Entrance Exam.

How to Apply

  • Individuals must apply for a Civil Service Entrance Exam from the Louisiana Office of State Examiner website.
  • Once the applicant receives their results, they must fill out an application for employment..
  • Applications should be delivered in person to:
    Central Fire Station
    600 Wood Street
    Houma, LA 70360
    (985) 873-6391
  • Applicants must make a passing score (75 or above) to be placed on an eligibility list. The list is good for 18 months. After that the applicant will have to resubmit an application to test again.

After an Offer of Employment

You must submit to an interview.

You must pass a physical and a drug screen.

You must pass a Firefighter Recruit training program that follows Firefighter I as defined by NFPA 1001 standard.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay a fee to take a civil service test?


How do I take a Civil Service Exam?

As of August 1, 2020 the Office of State Examiner is now responsible for calling for, accepting applications, administering and maintaining the eligibility list for Entry Level Firefighter Exam. The Office of State Examiner will post for a period of 10 days for each monthly exam.

If I take an entrance firefighter test, do I have to wait a specific time period before taking it again?

No, these exams can be taken as often as they are given.

Can I have veterans’ points added to my score?

If you have claimed veterans’ preference on your application for admission to the test, you may have 5 veterans’ points added to your passing score for the entrance classes only. Five-point veterans' preference is available to former military personnel who were discharged under honorable conditions from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during a war, or in a peacetime campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized. More information can be found in the OPRCS Board Manual on the Office of State Examiner website.

When and where are the entrance tests given?

Tests are given once a month in various locations around the state. You can find the test dates on the Office of State Examiner website.