How to become a firefighter
Corps des Sapeurs-pompiers de Monaco
11, avenue du Port
MC 98000 MONACO
Fire & Emergency Service :
(+377) 93 15 66 99
Emergencies : 18 or 112
Fax : (+ 377) 93 15 60 08
Principle and conditions
Life as a firefighter
The Monaco Fire and Emergency Service is a military unit.
Firefighters are housed in barracks. They carry out an annual service as follows:
- 24 hour shifts - 150
- 8 hour administrative shifts - 14
This equals a monthly average of:
- 24-hour shifts - 15
- One administrative shift of 8 hours and a half-day administrative shift of 4 hours
- A maximum of 72 hours of straight shifts
Firefighters have 60 days of annual holiday.
Recruitment of the Firefighters
Firefighters at the rank of Private - They are recruited from among those who apply for the position.
Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) - They are recruited:
- Either from among the Master Corporals and Corporals of the Service by means of an exam
- Or through non-exam based selection among NCOs of military fire service units: the Paris Fire Brigade (BSPP) or the Marseille Naval Fire Battalion (BMPM)
Officers - They are recruited:
- Either by the application of international conventions within military fire service units (BSPP or BMPM)
- Or by selection from among the superior NCOs of the Corps who have the rank or profile determined by the military authority
Conditions of Eligibility
Selection takes place according to an evaluation of the candidate.
To be eligible as a candidate for employment as a firefighter in Monaco, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be single (with no children)
- Be aged between 19 and 27 years old
- Hold at least a middle-school diploma (BEPC) or equivalent
- Have served in the French army or have completed military training of at least one week
- Hold a driving licence for cars and heavy vehicles
- Hold a valid passport
You must also meet the following physical requirements:
- Be over 1.6 m and under 1.9 m tall
- Be able to swim
- Be medically fit
- Have good eyesight with no correction (no glasses, contact lenses or surgical correction)
- Meet the SIGYCOP criteria as listed below (to be confirmed by a military doctor):
- S: upper extremities 1
- I: lower extremities 1
- G: general health 2
- Y: eyes and vision 2
- C: colour vision 2
- O: ears and hearing 1
- P: mental health 1
Individuals who are selected on the basis of their initial application will be summoned to carry out physical tests (endurance, swimming, balance, high jump, etc.) as well as a general knowledge test.
Sending a letter of motivation and CV
Send a handwritten letter of motivation and your CV to the Chief Officer of the Monaco Fire and Emergency Service (contact details given above).
Receiving the answer
As soon as your application is received it is evaluated by the Fire and Emergency Service Command.
You will be given a response stating the decision and informing you of full details of the competition.
How to prepare the application file
Your application should include:
- A personally written letter of application on plain unheaded A4 paper, folded in half
- A recent photograph in smart civilian clothes or in military uniform (full-length and in postcard format), taken in a photography studio
- A copy of your military service record, issued by the recruitment office of your previous military unit, or your CV
- A certificate of good conduct, a military service certificate or proof of military training
- A photocopy of all your diplomas, certificates and licences
- A photocopy of your vaccination record
- A photocopy of your family record booklet [livret de famille]
- A copy of your criminal record (bulletin no 3) not more than three months old
- A doctor’s certificate issued by a military doctor stating that you meet the SIGYCOP criteria (forms 620-4/9 and 620-4/10, medically confidential)
- A copy of the results of your exertion test on an exercise bike
Sending off the documents
Applications or requests for information should be sent to the Chief Officer of the Monaco Fire and Emergency Service (contact information given above)
Taking the selection tests and evaluation interview
Candidates for admission are called to undertake physical tests and a test of general knowledge and for a 20-minute evaluation interview with the Chief Officer of the service and his deputy.
By shortlisting a candidate on the basis of the initial application, the Fire and Emergency Service Command is in no way obliged to accept the candidate into the service at any specific time.
For those candidates who are shortlisted, there may be a delay of some months between sending the initial application and being called for the selection tests.
There are 5 theoretical tests (middle school diploma level)
- Mathematics (algebra and mathematical problems)
- Dictation and related questions (the questions are based on an analysis of the dictated text, grammatical analysis, verb tenses and the definition of words)
- Writing (expressing and expanding on your opinions on a specific issue or event)
- General knowledge (answering a multiple choice questionnaire on the following topics: history, geography, inventions, sciences and technology, French institutions and sport).
The physical tests are:
- Swimming test:
- Test No. 1: test of “nerve”. Complete a 5m dive into the swimming pool. Applicants who do not successfully complete this test will be disqualified
- Test No. 2: swimming underwater. Swim 25m underwater, while holding your breath
- Test No. 3: 100m timed free swim
- Resistance test: timed 2,000m race
- Physical training test:
- Upper limbs: push-ups, dips, pull-ups, Rope climb (climb 5m using only your arms)
- Lower limbs: squats
- Abdominals: front plank, side plank, reverse plank
- Balance test: walk forwards and backwards along a 0.35 cm beam 4.5 m above the ground. Applicants who do not successfully complete this test will be disqualified
For further details of the tests, download the document: Recrutement épreuves sportives
Physical preparation is essential in order to be in peak condition for the recruitment tests.
To pass the entry test you must score an average of 12/20 or more on the theoretical and physical tests.
Candidates who do not make the required score will be informed that their application has not been successful.
Undergoing the medical examination
You will be called to a medical examination during which you will undergo various obligatory medical tests to determine your medical fitness.
Joining the Fire and Emergency Service
Successful candidates will complete a five month training period during which they are prepared for their new duties as a firefighter.
At the end of the training period the young firefighters begin a one year probationary period. During this probationary period firefighters may not get married.
Following the completion of this probationary period firefighters are enlisted at the rank of private (2ème classe) for a renewable period of five years.
Re-enlistment occurs successively every five years until the age of 50.
Firefighters can advance in the hierarchy of the service through exam, as far as the rank of Staff Sergeant and at the discretion of the Fire and Emergency Service Command for the ranks of Warrant Officer Class II, Chief Warrant Officer, Major and Officer.