Firefighter Qualifications

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of our Bentonville Fire Department.

The Bentonville Fire Department is a professional organization consisting of career and part time fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and special technical response personnel. These Emergency Responders are joined as one department, and motivated for the purpose of protecting the citizens and visitors of the City of Bentonville, and their property, from the ravages of uncontrolled fire, medical emergencies, environmental emergencies, and any other emergency for which a person has need for rescue or assistance.

Below you will find a list of minimum requirements for becoming a Career and / or Part-Time Fire Fighter, for the City of Bentonville. Should you meet these requirements and would like to apply, please feel free to download both the Job Application (PDF) and the Supplemental Application (PDF) that is available electronically on this web page.

City of Bentonville openings are updated and posted on our city website.


Career Fire Fighter

  • 18 years of age
  • Valid Driver's License with "P" (Passenger) Endorsement
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • AR EMT License
  • No felonies

Part-Paid Positions

  • 18 years of age
  • Valid Driver's License
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • No felonies
  • Reside within perimeter designated by the Fire Chief


Every job with the City of Bentonville requires an application (PDF) to be completed. These applications are in PDF format. Adobe Acrobat Reader or a PDF capable viewer is required to view and print these documents.

After downloading, printing, and completing all pages, please sign and return all related applications by mail, fax, or email via the below information. Resumes may be included but are not mandatory.

City of Bentonville
Human Resources Division
117 W Central Avenue
Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone: 479-271-3191
Fax: 479-271-3105

Hiring Process

The hiring process for both career and part-paid positions is the same and involves passing a standardized written exam. Those who pass the written exam are invited to go through the physical agility exam.

Once a position becomes available, the Fire Chief will interview eligible candidates. After a job offer is made, the successful candidate will then be required to pass a firefighter physical exam and drug screen as performed by the clinic contracted by the city to perform the exams.


Entry level testing occurs twice a year. The actual date will vary. One will take place the last Friday in March, the other on the last Friday in September.


Should you have any questions or need any further information, please feel free to contact any member of our staff.