The City of Crawfordsville, Indiana

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CFD Application Information



In order to be considered for appointment to the Crawfordsville Fire Department the applicant must meet the following pre-employment requirements (this list is not all-inclusive):

  • Applicant must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • The applicant must have a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED) at the time of application.
  • The applicant must be legally able to work in the United States.
  • The applicant cannot be employed if he/she has a felony conviction on their record.
  • The applicant must be of good moral character.
  • The applicant must be able to read, write, speak, understand, and otherwise communicate in the English language.
  • The applicant must have a valid driver's license or beginner's permit at the time of application, and acquire and/or maintain a valid Indiana Driver's License before the date of appointment and throughout his/her career.
  • Applicant is required to provide or assist and cooperate with obtaining personal history information. Failure to cooperate in attaining this information will be considered cause for disqualification from the hiring process. If information provided is found to be false or misrepresented, the applicant will be eliminated from further consideration, or if employed, it may be grounds for immediate discharge.
  • Applicants hired will be required to successfully complete and pass the approved Department probationary program. {Failure to do so will result in termination).
  • Applicant must have a valid EMT or Paramedic certification.
  • Applicant hired without a Paramedic certification will be required to enroll in an approved paramedic training course within three (3) years of the date of his/her hiring.

Application / Appointment Process

All Crawfordsville Fire Department Applications must be returned to the Crawfordsville Fire Department.  You can find the documents here:

1) Complete & Submit Application
Incomplete or incorrectly completed applications will be disqualified. Any application not completed following directions will also be disqualified. All applications are considered final once they are turned in to the Crawfordsville Fire Department. Applications will not be returned in order to make changes once it has been turned in. (Any changes in applicant contact information will be accepted by contacting the Crawfordsville Fire Department).

2) Complete Written Test
Applicants must take and pass the written general aptitude test reflecting essential functions of the job conducted according to the procedures adopted by the Commission and administered in a manner reasonably accommodating the needs of disabled applicants . 

3) Obtain CPAT Certification
Applicants shall obtain the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certification prior to the application deadline but issued no more than 12 months prior to the return deadline of the application. Failure to meet that deadline or failure to pass the CPAT and receive certification will result in removal from the hiring list. CPAT certification from any authorized site is accepted.

4) Structured Oral Interview
Applicants whose applications are accepted will interview with the Crawfordsville Fire Department's selected hiring board.  The committee will score each applicant.  

6)  Scoring of Applications
The Crawfordsville Fire Department will score each application based on their oral interview, certification and experience.

7) Compilation of Hiring List
When all of the previous steps have been completed, the scores of the applicants will be calculated and the hiring list will be created in the order of the total scores.  Each candidate will be notified of their place on the hiring list. The hiring list once approved will not expire for 1 year or until the list is exhausted, whichever should occur first.

8) Background Checks
The Commission will conduct background checks of applicants to examine the applicants' character, habits and reputation. Background checks may be conducted before the certification of the eligibility list, before the notification of a conditional offer of employment , and/or after a conditional offer of employment has been extended. 

9) Certification of Eligibility List 
The hiring eligibility list will be presented to the Commission for certification. For each group of applicants, the Commission will establish a passing score and those applicants having a score equal to or greater than the passing score shall be placed on the eligibility list in the order of their total scores. The eligibility list will be in effect for one year or until a new eligibility list is certified by the Commission, whichever should occur first.

Appointment Process

1) Conditional Offer of Employment
When a vacancy occurs in the department, he Fire Chief will contact the applicants in order of the approved hiring list to make a conditional offer of employment.  Any such offer that is declined will result in the applicant's removal from the approved hiring list.

2) Physical and Psychiatric Examinations
Upon completion of the applicants polygraph and background investigation, the department will schedule a physical and psychiatric examination as required by the Indiana Public Retirement System's (INPRS) 1977 Police and Firefighter's Fund.  The results of these tests are then forwarded to the state's PERF review board for approval.  The PERF review board could ask for retests in areas at its discretion.  The review board will make a determination of pass, pass with exceptions or fail.

3) Swearing in Ceremony
Once the applicant has passed all the required INPRS examinations by state and local pension boards, the person appointed must subscribe to and take the Oath of Office scheduled by the Chief. 

Contact Us

Scott Busenbark
Scott Busenbark,
Fire Chief
100 S Water St
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
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