Tri-State Fire Recruitment Alliance

The Tri-State Fire Recruitment Alliance is a consortium developed to allow Fire Service agencies in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma to jointly provide pre-hire testing for firefighter candidates.

The process allows potential candidates with various levels of preparation to register with the Alliance and complete a written and physical ability assessment test. Upon successful completion, the names of the candidates and applicable professional qualifications will be placed in a database pool for each participating agency to access for hiring purposes. Each agency will select candidates for further consideration from the pool that meet their specific prerequisite requirements. The names of candidates who successfully pass both tests will remain in the pool database for 12 months from the date of the test.

There is a $50.00 registration fee charged to candidates to take the two tests.

This regional approach to firefighter candidate testing has benefits for both the candidates and the participating agencies. The candidates looking to enter the fire service career need only test once to be considered by a number of potential employers, thus reducing the time, effort, and cost of multiple testing. For fire agencies’ collaborative candidate testing provides for test validation, regional uniformity, reduced resource utilization for recruitment, and broader candidate pools.

Test Prerequisites: Applicants must have a High School diploma or GED, be at least 18 years old, legally entitled to work in the U.S., and have a valid driver’s license.

Hiring Prerequisites: Each member Department maintains its own hiring prerequisites which are available on their websites. Some college education is desirable; as are EMT, Firefighter II, and paramedic certifications (certain departments prefer applicants with EMT certification but it is not required to take this test).


It is always a good idea to take the time to fill out an application with the department below that you wish to be considered for. Tri-State testing, upon successful completion, places you on an eligibility list, but nothing says more than you going the extra mile to show your interest. Check out some of the great departments in the region that participate.

On a side note: Anytime you complete a certification or achieve a new goal, be sure and update all of the organization/s you have applied for, as well as Tri-State. This will ensure that the eligibility list is updated with the most current information on you. Contact 417-624-0820; ask for Tri-State Testing and have your information updated.