Fire Careers

Fire fighter in uniform

We are committed to providing the highest quality of service, and we seek to hire employees of the highest caliber and who have a commitment toward excellence in community service. 

With an authorized staff of 96 employees working out of six fire stations, each year we respond to over 7,000 emergency calls, treat and/or transport over 3,500 patients, and provide fire and first aid safety education to over 10,000 people (equivalent to approximately one out of five Lenexa residents).


How to apply

We hold recruiting cycles as we have openings in the department. 

Apply to be a firefighter (submit application by July 19, 2024)

If you need assistance with the application process, please call the Human Resources Department, 913.477.7570.


Positions & salary

Firefighter

Trial/developmental hourly position with emphasis on knowledge and skill development while under close supervision. Opportunity to demonstrate applicable competencies and skills after one year of employment to progress beyond developmental phase. Transition to a skilled, hourly position, continuing to strengthen abilities and serve the community at the highest level possible in a variety of roles as described in the job description. Eligible for career-track promotion to Master Firefighter, Firefighter Paramedic, or Fire Medic (AEMT) upon meeting established conditions as specified in the job description(s).

Annual salary

  • Firefighter/EMT: $53,000
  • Firefighter/Paramedic: $58,300

Master Firefighter

Highly skilled, hourly career position. Requires education (A.A. in fire science) and instructor credentials (NFPA 1041 Instructor Level I) to teach, coach and mentor other firefighters in professional development, and the public in fire and injury prevention.

Annual salary: $63,000

Fire Medic

Highly skilled, hourly career position. Requires advanced emergency medical care training (minimum of AEMT) and instructor credentials (NFPA 1041 Instructor Level I, AHA CPR Instructor) to teach, coach and mentor other firefighters in professional development, and the public in fire and injury prevention.

Annual salary: $63,000

Firefighter Paramedic

Highly skilled, hourly career position with responsibilities of Firefighter and advanced emergency medical care. Requires EMT-P and BTLS certifications and instructor credentials (NFPA 1041 Instructor Level I, AHA CPR Instructor) to teach, coach and mentor other firefighters in professional development, and the public in fire and injury prevention.

Annual salary: $67,000


Minimum qualifications

  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • 18 years old at the time of employment
  • 20/100 binocular vision, correctable to at least 20/30 binocular vision.
  • Good driving record
  • No criminal record
  • Firefighter I & II certification with Emergency Medical Technician certification
  • Proof of IAFF/IAFC Candidate Physical Ability Test within the past year
  • Fire Service Entrance Exam with 70% or better score

Community college programs

There are several fire science and EMS community college programs in the Kansas City area, but Johnson County Community College is the local county source for fire service training and education.

Other programs are available through the University of Kansas, Kansas City Kansas Community College and Metropolitan Community College.


Meet our team 

Katie Cline in front of Lenexa fire truck Katie Cline, Firefighter/Paramedic 

Tones are going off in the station. She’s got 90 seconds to get on the fire truck. It doesn’t matter what she’s doing — eating, training, working out, taking a shower — it’s just part of the puzzle. Something Lenexa Firefighter/Paramedic Katie Cline knows all about.

Get to know Katie