The Application Period Will Close Under The Following Conditions:

  • 40 Applications Have Been Received, or
  • March 21, 2022 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

Click below to download Employment Application

CHFR Application - Employment


To submit an application and be considered for hiring, please read the following directions closely: (If you are unable to download the application or are unable to read it – contact the Administrative offices to acquire one.)


The above application is in MS Word format. If you cannot open it to print and/or fill out electronically, please contact Captain Billy Smith, Training Officer, ASAP at either or (941) 751-7090. Please fill out the entire application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


Include a copy of your current Florida State Firefighter Certificate of Compliance and current Florida Emergency Medical Technician certification. If you are claiming veteran preference, a copy of your DD-214 must be submitted at time of application. Do not include any other material than what is requested.


All applications and certificates shall be emailed, conventionally mailed or hand delivered in a sealed envelope to:

Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue Administration Offices

Attn: Captain Billy Smith

5200 26th Street W.

Bradenton, Florida 34207




Classification: Firefighter/EMT

Salary:  $49,564.33

Benefits:  Health Insurance, FRS, Sick Leave, Vacation Leave

City Information:  Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue is an Independent Special Fire Control District servicing the unincorporated areas located in the Southwest portion of Manatee County.  The district provides fire rescue services from 4 fully staffed fire stations located within a 27 square mile area responding to an average of 8,000 calls per year.

Population:  70,000


Job Requirements

Age: 18

US Citizen: Yes

High School Grad/GED: Yes or GED from a recognized issuing agency

Valid FLORIDA State Driver’s License: Yes Class “E”

Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes

Vision: As required in NFPA 1582

Academy Certification:
Certified State of Florida Firefighter
Certified State of Florida EMT


Specific Disqualifiers/Behaviors:
Felony/Criminal Disqualifiers
No record of a conviction of a felony or a conviction of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.

Driving Disqualifiers:
A poor driving record will classify a candidate as undesirable; however, it will not necessarily remove a candidate from consideration.

Drug Use Disqualifiers:
Pre-employment testing required.

Employment Disqualifiers:
A poor employment record will classify a candidate as undesirable; however, it will not necessarily remove a candidate from consideration.
Failure of any of the following pre-employment tests:

  • Driving records check
  • Physical examination, including drug screening
  • Background check


Financial Disqualifiers:
A poor credit history and financial background will classify a candidate as undesirable; however, it will not necessarily remove a candidate from consideration.

Additional Disqualifiers

Tobacco Use:
The applicant must be a non-user of tobacco products for at least one year prior to date of application and throughout their employment with this department.

Types, Locations, and Number of Tattoos/Decals:
Perspective members shall be evaluated by the Fire Chief, or his/her designee, and may be used as a disqualifier for potential employment or appointment as a member. At no time shall a perspective member be employed or appointed, if said person has visible tattoos/decals that are offensive, in excess, vulgar, or otherwise deemed detrimental to the professional appearance and positive public image of members. No perspective member shall have tattoos/decals of any type that are visible about the neck, head, and/or face.


Additional Information:

Veteran’s Preference will be given in accordance with Florida Statutes. To claim Veteran’s Preference, a copy of your DD214 must be submitted at time of application.

After review of submitted applications, qualified applicants will be required to sit for a written exam. Upon achieving a successful passing test score, selected applicants will be interviewed. The hiring process will include background investigation, driver’s license check, pre-employment physical and practical firefighter job skills assessment.