The City of La Crosse is accepting applications at this time.   

Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) and Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) will be facilitating the application process for the City of La Crosse, as well as for other fire departments. Please visit to apply through CVTC or to apply through FVTC, for application materials and the hiring-eligibility list application process. This recruitment will be used to establish a candidate pool list for use in filling future vacancies. 


Successful applicants must possess a current WI Firefighter II certification and a current National or State of Wisconsin EMT license at time of ability testing, and a minimum of an Associate degree in Fire Science or related field; or equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities. Paramedic certification preferred. Documentation of certifications must be provided when application is submitted to CVTC or FVTC. Additionally, applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a valid unrestricted driver’s license, and a high school diploma or GED. Medical, vision and hearing requirements shall be in accordance with NFPA standards 1582. Tobacco use is prohibited on and off duty. Applicants are subject to post offer/pre-employment drug screen, physical exam, psychological exam, and background check.

Miscellaneous Information

 Employee benefits include medical benefit plan, Section #125 flexible spending plans, employee sponsored dental insurance, life insurance, income continuation insurance, paid holidays, paid vacations, deferred compensation plan, and Wisconsin Retirement System. The City of La Crosse supports attaining a representative workforce and workplace equity. An Equal Opportunity Employer/A Drug Free Workplace

Application Process

The Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

A sequence of eight events requiring you to progress along a predetermined path from event to event in a continuous manner. This test was developed to allow fire departments to find pools of trainable candidates who are physically able to perform essential job tasks at fire scenes.

Written Examination FireTeam Testing System

FireTEAM is a video-based testing system that assesses critical skills necessary to be a firefighter and includes the often overlooked content areas of teamwork and human relations as well as mechanical aptitude, reading ability and basic math skills.

HR and Fire Department Panel Interview
HR Phone Application Screening
Police and Fire Commission Interview
Chief’s Interview
Background Check
Psychological Evaluation
Medical Evaluation
12 Month Probationary Employment


How to become a Firefighter 

Western Technical College

Chippewa Valley Technical College

Fox Valley Technical College 

Emergency Medical Technican Training Centers Wisconsin

Important Links

FireTeam Testing information

Contact Information

Frank Devine
Division Chief of Training
726 5th Ave South
(608) 789-7266