Cover letter for firefighter position(5 samples)

This article will list samples of “cover letters for a firefighter.”

Examples of firefighter cover letters

When applying for a firefighter position, your cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell your story, without being stuck in the formatting constraints of the resume. The best format for writing a cover letter is as follows:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the recipient’s name, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position. Write a paragraph about why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for a firefighter”

“Dear Ms. Smith,

I have always wanted to help people in whatever way I can. Being a firefighter is a great way to do that, and I know that I am the perfect person for the job. My passion, education, and experience make me the ideal candidate for the position.

Once I knew that I wanted to go into the service industry, I decided on emergency services. I attended school to become a certified firefighter and EMT, and graduated with excellent grades. I passed both my written and physical tests with flying colors.

After receiving my EMT certification I volunteered with a small, local fire department to gain valuable on-the-job training. During my year with the volunteer fire department I also worked for a private ambulance company and responded to 103 calls between the two of them. All of my work experience has prepared me to be a firefighter with the City Fire Department.

I am passionate about using my talent and experience to help fight fires and save lives, which makes me the perfect fit for your fire department. Thank you for considering me for the firefighter position, and please contact me to discuss my qualifications further and to schedule an interview.”

Sample 2: “Cover letter for a firefighter”

“Dear Mr. Howell,

My three years at Carson County Fire Department taught me that you can never be too prepared when you respond to a call out. I can count the tragic fatalities on one hand, but each one has redoubled my determination to be the best I can be every time I go out.

Having personally responded to 2,000+ emergency situations, from forest fires and chemical spillages to traffic accidents and residential blazes, my training and experience have led me to make the right decisions in the right circumstances for myself, for my team and for those that require our assistance.

Having grown up as the son of a firefighter, it was a proud day when I received my Associate Degree in Fire Science from Brookson Community College. I started at the bottom at Carson and worked my way up to Senior Firefighter over three years, passing my EMT and First Responder certifications and receiving state recognition for my work on a number of occasions — for my work in school education and industrial fire safety awareness.

I keep myself in top physical condition by taking part in Ironman triathlons and all manner of state firefighting sports events. I love to compete (with others and with myself) and am always striving to become mentally and physically fitter.

My knowledge of hazardous materials handling, emergency medicine and rescue techniques evolved with every call out and I learned from one of the most decorated fire chiefs in the service. He drilled all manner of fire-fighting methodologies into his team and I soaked up the knowledge in addition to the stories that my father told as I was growing up.

Becoming a Howard County firefighter would be an honor to match anything that I achieved in my life to date. I would love the chance to discuss what skills I would bring to your team.


Jamie Fulton”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for a firefighter”

“Dear Mr. Francisco,

It is with great interest that I submit the enclosed resume in response to your advertisement for a Firefighter to add to your team at Oronoco Fire Department. As a highly motivated, alert, and flexible first responder with comprehensive experience in emergency response and management, I am confident I will make an immediate impact upon stepping into this role.

Throughout my career I have honed my skills in firefighting techniques, water rescues, vehicular accident responses, and general public education and safety. In addition, I possess exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills, as well as a talent for forging strong relationships with both peers and senior leadership at all levels.

Highlights of my strengths include…

Achieving, maintaining, and continually updating current levels of Paramedic and Firefighter knowledge to expertly and rapidly respond to 911 emergency calls and provide critical community-wide assistance.

Demonstrating expertise in using radio communication to dispatch police, fire, helicopters, state patrols, ER facilities, and command staff.

Providing complementary operational and administrative support including performing vehicle maintenance checks, stocking inventory, repairing and cleaning equipment/tools, producing incident reports, and managing various paperwork.

Recognized among peers as an outstanding leader with a dynamic and energetic personality.

I am confident my background will be extremely beneficial to the Oronoco Fire Department, and I look forward to leveraging my experience and skill set to provide vital firefighting and paramedic assistance across the community at large. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration; I look forward to speaking with you soon.


Joshua Morgan”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for a firefighter”

“Sofia Flores

(123) 456-7891

May 1, 2018

To Whom It May Concern,

Many little boys and girls dream of becoming a Firefighter when they grow up. Rather than dreaming it so, I made it so and would love to continue the course of my career with the Crane & Jenkins company. I read about your opening for a new Firefighter and would be elated to join up. I feel strongly that my skills and experience would be a perfect match.

My dream of becoming a Firefighter didn’t materialize out of nowhere. I actually began my service life as a Police Officer, albeit briefly. I attended police academy at Green Valley State, eventually passing and joining the force in town. The job wasn’t what I was best at, though. Instead, firefighting was where my heart was. From the academy, I spent time as a volunteer fireman.

There are similarities between the careers. Both highlight my desire to serve and protect my community. Both require physical, mental, and emotional strength. These are all key aspects of my personality. I perform well under pressure and seem to rise to the occasion when there is a life to be saved.

Combining my desire into a career is the outcome for which I was destined. Obtaining this position would be a dream, but it would also just be the start. I feel as though I would be a major asset to the Crane & Jenkins company. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to meeting with you to share how I will be a great fit for your team.


Sofia Flores”

Sample 5: “Cover letter for a firefighter”

“Dear Chief Worthy:

My name is Joseph Camp and I have been preparing all my life to fight fires for the New York City Fire Department. I am the son of firefighter John Camp and the brother of Michael Camp. I grew up learning fire safety, because that was always a major concern in my family. My dad still conducts fire safety programs in the elementary schools to help teach children a healthy fear of fire, how to prevent one from starting and what to do when faced with an active fire.

I have earned my Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from XYZ Technical School and also took some additional computer science courses because the use of computer programs is becoming increasingly important and useful in firefighting. I have also earned my certifications from the State of New York as well as from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), and I am certified in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid by the American Red Cross. I am ready to start training at any FDNY where there is an opening.

Although I believe I have received an excellent education that has prepared me to begin training for a job as an FDNY firefighter, my education was greatly enhanced growing up in a firefighting family. You may not have known my grandfather, Edward Camp, but he was a firefighter too and he retired in 1991. My father has taken me on tours of his station on numerous occasions, shown me all of the equipment on a typical fire truck and talked to me about the importance of team work when fighting a fire and rescuing people.

I hope you will consider me for a firefighter position with FDNY. I have enclosed a resume, a letter of reference from Chief Tony Raines at the Crown Heights Station who has known me since birth as well as another reference letter from Dr. Maria Trent, one of my Fire Science instructors at XYZ Technical School. I am available for a personal interview any time at your convenience and you can reach me on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email]


Joseph Camp

Joseph Camp”

Frequently Asked Questions: Examples of firefighter cover letters

What are the common mistakes to avoid when writing a cover letter?

Here are a few common mistakes to avoid:

  • Don’t focus on yourself too much.
  • Don’t write salary expectations.
  • Avoid wrong paragraphs.

What should a cover letter contain?

The main purpose of a cover letter is to introduce yourself, mention the job you’re applying for and show that your skills and experience match the needed skills and experience for the job.

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