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Posted on: November 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] City of Bristol, Tenn. accepting applications for entry-level fire, police

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The Bristol Tennessee Fire Department and Bristol Tennessee Police Department are currently accepting applications for entry-level positions and offering incentive bonuses for those who qualify.

The application deadline for entry-level firefighter is noon on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Those who submit the online application will be invited to take the entry level written test for firefighters on Friday, Dec. 10. Applicants will be considered for open positions based on a ranking determined by official test scores, prior experience, and interviews with the BTFD leadership team.

Accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), the Bristol Tennessee Fire Department offers fire prevention and fire suppression services, as well as emergency medical services, ambulance transport, tactical rescue, and hazardous materials response.  Training is provided for new hires. 

Applicants who already have completed training at an approved basic firefighting academy and achieved Firefighter II certification may qualify for a $2,000 bonus. Tennessee certified paramedics may be eligible to receive an additional $2,000 incentive. Applicants who have achieved both of these certifications could receive a total incentive package of up to $4,000. 

The deadline to apply for a position with the Bristol Tennessee Police Department is Thursday, Dec. 23. The entry level written and physical abilities tests for police officers will be given on Saturday, Jan.15, 2022. Applicants will be ranked based on official tests scores, prior experience, and performance during departmental interviews. Training will be provided for new hires.  POST certified police officers may be eligible to receive a bonus incentive of up to $2,000. 

BTPD is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation (TLEA). The department provides a wide array of specialized services within its Patrol, K9, School Resource Officer, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Criminal Investigations, SWAT, and Crisis Negotiation divisions.

The City of Bristol Tennessee offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, life insurance, a $0 copay employee health clinic, vacation and sick leave, a state retirement package, tuition reimbursement, 12 paid holidays a year, voluntary supplemental benefits, and more. 

To view the complete job descriptions, access an online job application, and download the study guide for the entry level tests, please go to For additional information, please contact the City’s Human Resources Office at (423) 989-5526.

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