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  1. What qualifications are needed to be an Avondale Firefighter?

To be an Avondale Firefighter, you must be 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or GED, clean driving record, current CPAT certification, and possess an Arizona certification for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). The testing process itself includes a written exam, CPAT physical agility test, and one or more oral board interviews. Psychological and medical screening will take place as the candidates progress in the testing process. 

  1. When will Avondale Fire & Medical be testing for firefighter?

Please see the City’s Employment Opportunities webpage for current job openings. 
Employment Opportunities

  1. I live in Avondale, why do I see fire trucks from different cities responding to calls here?

Avondale Fire & Medical participates in an automatic aid agreement with cities all over the Valley. When you call 911, your call and location is entered into a computer at the Phoenix Fire Department’s Alarm Room. Every fire engine, ladder truck, ambulance, chief’s vehicle etc. is tracked by a Global Positioning System (GPS). The computer will take the information from your call and locate the unit closest to your emergency and dispatch that unit, regardless of the fire department or the city. It is not uncommon to see Avondale fire apparatus in Phoenix or Goodyear and visa versa.

  1. Why does the fire department show up for medical emergencies and not just the paramedics?

Every firefighter is a certified EMT. In addition to that, Avondale Fire & Medical is aggressive in training qualified candidates as paramedics. Avondale Fire & Medical strives to staff a minimum of two paramedics on every engine. So when a fire engine shows up for a medical emergency, the paramedics have arrived!

  1. How much will I be charged if Avondale Fire & Medical responds when I call 911?

Our services are paid through sales taxes and other taxes collected by the City of Avondale. Therefore, there is no charge to you. Our services are free.

  1. Does Avondale Fire & Medical offer CPR classes?

Yes. Avondale Fire & Medical has trained CPR instructors and regular classes. Please call Sue Pistoia at 623-333-6112 or e-mail her at for more information.

  1. How do I get my child’s car seat inspected?

Please call Sue Pistoia at 623-333-6112 or e-mail her at to schedule an appointment to have a car seat inspected.