“I’ve been using IPMA-HR’s entry-level police and fire tests for years. Mine is a small department, and IPMA-HR provides an excellent product that is particularly cost-efficient for a small, community-based organization with limited funding.”

Charles Barga, City Manager, City of Nelsonville, Ohio

Rural, suburban, or urban — fire departments in every area of the country are facing major staffing challenges. When you’re forced to make do with less manpower, who you choose becomes that much more critical. We can help.

You can rely on our fire tests to help you find the candidates who have the promise of becoming dedicated firefighters — and to identify and promote the leaders in your department.

Entry-level Stock Tests

Know which candidates will be successful on the job before you hire them. Our entry-level fire tests assess the knowledge, skills, abilities and personal characteristics (KSAPs) necessary for success. No prior fire training or experience is assumed of candidates taking any of our entry-level fire tests. 

What is a TIP? And why is it important?

Some entry-level tests include a TIP, which stands for Test Information Packet. TIPs were designed to assess candidates’ ability to learn, remember, and apply new information. Some of the material is written (e.g., work related articles and facts), and some is visual (e.g., “Wanted Posters", maps). TIPs are an essential, timed part of the tests they accompany. They are distributed and collected (after a study period) prior to handing out the test booklets. The number of test items that are based on information from the TIP varies by test series.

Supplemental Stock Tests

Supplemental tests enhance the success of your recruitment process by providing you with more in-depth information about a candidate’s ability in a specific area, such as their written communication skills.

FIRE REPORT COMPLETION EXERCISE (FF-RCE) 101 & 102 (VID)  You can assess your candidates’ observational, listening, and written communication skills with this video-based simulation exercise. Instructions and a 30-minute timer are embedded in the video to make administration easy.

Promotional Tests

You would be hard-pressed to name a jobsite where strong leadership is more important than on the fireground. Identifying those with the qualifications and desire to become the future of your department is crucial to the success and safety of all firefighters under your command. IPMA-HR’s promotional fire tests provide departments with the information needed to help ensure only the most highly-qualified candidates with the greatest leadership potential are promoted.




*EM = with Emergency Medical Services

Previous Versions of Promotional Tests

Please note the following test titles are older versions that will be phased out. They have been replaced with the newer versions above. When ordering your test, only order the below versions if you have explicitly posted an appropriate reading list for them. Feel free to contact the Assessment Department prior to ordering for assistance.



Customized Promotional Tests

You need a promotional test for an upper-rank. You look through our stock promotional tests, and find one that would work if only this was different or that were added. Or maybe you’re testing for a rank we don’t have a stock test for at all. When that happens, turn to our Customized Test Service.