What Is in the Firefighter One Exam?

The firefighter I exam is based on National Fire Protection Association guidelines.

  1. Written Exam

    • The written portion of exam measures cognitive skills and includes questions in areas such as problem solving, reading comprehension, safety objectives and mathematical functions. A passing score, which varies by state, must be earned before proceeding to the practical exam.

    Practical Exam

    • The practical portion of the firefighter I exam tests your physical ability to perform tasks required of a firefighter, such as navigating through smoky areas, crawling through small spaces, carrying fire hoses and operating engine ladders.


    • You must be at least 18 years old and have either a high school diploma or a GED. Most states also require successful completion of a hazardous materials course prior to the exam.

    Physical Requirements

    • While not required by all states, many request that a physical examination be completed to ensure you are physically capable of handling the duties of a firefighter.


    • Many states require a background check before you take the firefighter I exam. Past offenses such as DUI or violent crimes may exclude you from taking the exam.

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