Minimum Requirements

Firefighters spraying hose in the airWe seek to recruit the best candidates to become part of the Lenexa Fire Department family.  

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 (CPAT) within the past year

  • Fire Service Entrance Exam (FSEE) with 70% or better score 

Selection process

Our recruiting selection process includes:  

  • A job-related written aptitude qualifying examination 

  • A structured oral interview 

  • Background check  

  • An interview with the fire chief 

  • A post-offer medical examination  

  • A post-offer drug screen. 

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 other metro-area schools. 

Candidate Physical Ability Test

The CPAT is a physically intensive test consisting of eight events designed to test your ability to perform fire service-related tasks. The events include a stair climb, hose drag, equipment carry, ladder raise and extension, forcible entry, maze search, victim drag, and ceiling breach and pull. 

It is a pass/fail test, and you must complete all events within 10 minutes and 20 seconds. During the events, you will wear a 50-pound vest to simulate the weight of a self-contained breathing apparatus, firefighter protective clothing, a helmet and gloves. For the stair climb, two 12.5-pound weights (simulating a host bundle) will be added to your shoulders.  The events and distances are always the same; events are placed in a sequence that simulates a fire scene and allow for an 85-foot walk between them.  

To get more information about the CPAT or to register locally, call:  

  • Johnson County Community College’s Continuing Education Registration Hotline: 913.469.2323 

  • Western Missouri Regional Fire Academy: 816.220.6700