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Pay and Benefits

Firefighter Base Salary


11 Paid Holidays
New Year’s Day
MLK’s Birthday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veteran’s Day
Thanksgiving Day and Day After
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day


Incentive Pay
Technical Rescue Team $1,200
EMT $996
Paramedic $8,200
Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting $1,200
Totals represent annual amount


Annual Leave
144 Hours < 5 Years
180 Hours 5-15 Years
240 Hours 15+ Years


Paid Sick Leave
12 Days Annually


Fire Pension

Tuition Assistance

Uniform Allowance

For Interested Applicants

In Brief

The Lakeland Fire Department is dedicated to maintaining the utmost level of emergency response services to the citizens of Lakeland. The LFD’s superior level of integrity and sense of duty are what drive the department to maintain the high level of service the citizens of Lakeland have come to expect. Through reliable response and public safety awareness the LFD can always be counted on to reduce loss of life and property in its community.

  • LFD is an Advanced Life Support (ALS) non transport department
  • Has 161 employees
  • Composed of 7 Fire Stations, an administration building, training center, and vehicle maintenance facility
  • Has an 81 square mile response area made up by the City of Lakeland and portions of surrounding communities
  • In 2013 responded to approximately 17,900 calls, performed 3,800 fire inspections, reviewed 1,000 construction plans, and provided over 700 public education programs.

Commitment to Serve 

A career in the fire service is not a job, it is a calling.The men and women that make up the Lakeland Fire Department are public servants committed to putting the needs of others before their own. The work of a firefighter is both physically and emotionally grueling and requires only the most dedicated individuals who can wholeheartedly keep to the department’s creed of Honor, Duty, Integrity, and Trust.

The Lakeland Fire Department is at the call and ready to be there for the people of its community when they need help the most. Potential applicants need to be able to meet and exceed the department’s expectations of outstanding moral character and servant leadership to ensure the health and well being of the people it serves.

How to Apply

The City of Lakeland is a drug-free work place and an equal opportunity employer.The Lakeland Fire Department utilizes the National Testing Network (NTN) and requires a Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) of all applicants. All interested applicants must apply through both the city of Lakeland’s NEOGOV process as well as the NTN. To apply visit  the City of Lakeland Employment Services website.  

Applications are available and accepted daily between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM at the Office of Civil Service located at 500 North Lake Parker Avenue, Lakeland, FL.  

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