Career Firefighter Positions Available!

South Hays Fire Department is now accepting applications for full-time and part-time TCFP certified firefighters. The Volunteer requirements and application are further down the page.

Application and background check authorization Forms

Full-time Firefighter (Career) Requirements      Download Firefighter Position Flyer

Fifteen (15) Openings
Application Deadline - October 13, 2023
Written Exam and CPAT - October 26, 2023
Panel Interviews - October 27, 2023

Minimum Qualifications

  • • Fire Fighter – Basic (TCFP)
  • • EMT or Higher

Preferred Qualifications (within 18 months)

  • • Driver Pump Operator
  • • Boating Safety
  • • SwiftWater Rescue (Basic)

Fire Chief Requirements      Download Fire Chief Position Flyer

Application Deadline - November 27, 2023
Assessment Center - TBA November, 2023
Fire Chief Interviews - TBA December, 2023 pending results of Assessment Center

Minimum Qualifications

  • • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited College or University in Fire Science, Fire Management, Public Administration, or closely related field, plus 15 years of increasingly responsible management, supervision, and training related experience in an organized fire department.
    • ◦ Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for the above.
  • • Certification or ability to obtain certification as Head of Department by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
  • • Candidates must also possess or be able to immediately obtain upon hire the following licenses/certifications:
    • ◦ Valid Class B Exempt Texas Driver License
    • ◦ Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) Master Firefighter Certification
    • ◦ Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) Fire Officer 4
    • ◦ Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) Fire Instructor 3
    • ◦ Department of State Health Services (DSHS) EMT or higher
    • ◦ NIMS 100/200/300/400/700/800

Preferred Qualifications

  • • Experience working in a combination department is preferred, but not required.
  • • Experience working in an emergency service district is preferred, but not required.
  • • The following Fire Chief executive leadership certifications are preferred:
    • ◦ TEEX Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO)
    • ◦ Texas Fire Chiefs Academy Certified Fire Executive (CFE)
    • ◦ National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Executive Fire Officer (EFO)
    • ◦ Center for Public Safety Excellence Chief Fire Officer designation (CFO)

Complete the application and background check authorization and upload them along with your resume using the form below. Please note the file type requirements. Image file types are further down the form.


Minimum Volunteer Qualifications:

  • 18 years of age.
  • Submit to a full Criminal History, Background Check and Drivers History Check.
  • No pending charges, deferred adjudication, or conviction on any class A misdemeanor or felonies.  Class B and C misdemeanors; arrests, charges, deferred adjudications and convictions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  All arrests, charges and dispositions must be fully disclosed. 
  • No more than a combination of 3 moving violations and/or vehicle accidents in the past 3 years. 
  • Have vehicle for transportation to and from the station.

Application Process:

  • Complete all required paperwork.  Bring in copies or printouts of all certificates and certifications. 
  • Attend a weekly training nights for station and equipment orientation. 
  • Complete the State Fireman’s and Fire Marshal’s Association – Introductory Fire Fighting class, online, on your own time.
  • Attend an 8 hour, hands on, orientation training class on a Saturday.  (This class is usually held on the second Saturday every three months.) 

After successful completion of the Introductory phase, you will start the Basic phase:

  • Participate in the weekly training nights.
  • Obtain a Class “B” Driver’s License.
  • Complete the State Fireman’s and Fire Marshal’s Association, Basic Volunteer Firefighting class online. 
  • Complete your hands on skills and live fire training with your assigned officer.


Apply Now!  >>  Volunteer Application


If you are interested in volunteering, but do not want to run emergency calls, we can still use your help!  Please contact us at 512-754-7963 to see what other volunteer opportunities are available.