Benton Fire Department Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Benton Fire Department to “Save Lives and Protect Property” by applying all of our professional knowledge, training and resources. Our mission is accomplished by fire prevention/education, code enforcement, fire suppression, pre-hospital emergency medical care, rescue, hazardous materials incident response and ongoing professional development.
- Our Firefighters may risk their life to save a life.
- Our Firefighters may put themselves at moderate risk to save property.
We hold the preservation of life as our sacred duty and will overcome adversity through fortitude, training and compassion for others and will aspire to do the right thing, even when it is difficult.
The Benton Fire Department is an ISO Class 2 Fire Department with four fire stations strategically located in the city that serves a population of approximately 35,000 and 25 square miles. We will begin the construction of the fifth fire station in the fall of 2016 and will open in the spring of 2017. The Benton Fire Department is made of up of 61 paid professional firefighters who are highly trained in Fire Suppression/Prevention, Emergency Medical Response, Hazardous Material Operations, Swift Water Rescue, High/Low Angle Rescue and other incidents not otherwise specified.
Changes in Firefighter Civil Service Entry Level Testing
Effective immediately, candidates must successfully complete the Physical Agility exam prior to taking the written exam portion, which is scheduled for the first Monday in April. The application process will begin for Firefighter applicants in January 2019 and will continue through March 15, 2019.
Firefighter applicants will have three (3) opportunities to take the Physical Agility exam:
Saturday, 02/02/19, starting at 8:00 am
Saturday, 02/23/19, starting at 8:00 am
Saturday, 03/16/19, starting at 8:00 am
Each candidate will receive a packet containing information concerning the Physical Agility exam, the testing process, as well as other pertinent information explaining the entire recruitment process at time of application.
For those applicants holding a CPAT certification licensed by the IAFF or IAFC that has been obtained within 180 days of the application will be accepted in lieu of the Physical Agility exam.
Please call the Benton Fire Department between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday at 501-775-5960 for any questions concerning this process.