Disqualification Information

Disqualification Information              

The Shreveport Fire Department will not answer questions concerning as applicant’s potential eligibility with respect to the following questions. All applicants will be thoroughly verified for eligibility prior to being offered the position of Fire Fighter. If you feel that you meet the minimum requirements to be considered for a position, you are encouraged to apply. 

The following disqualifiers, as established by the Shreveport Fire Department, shall automatically render as applicant ineligible to continue in the hiring process. All disqualifying factors should be applied without regard to basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, political affiliation, marital status, disability or any other protected classification. The disqualifiers are categorized and include general, criminal, driving record and drug use. 

General Factors

  • Any discharge from the military other than honorable
  • Making any false statements during any part of the Hiring Process.
  • Unsatisfactory work ethics which include the inability to maintain steady employment for any reason; exception (Not due to qualified medical disability or military service) 
  • Failure to provide all required documentation and adhere to scheduled appointments or any other part in the Hiring Process may result in disqualification.

Criminal Factors

In all cases of criminal activity, the following general guidelines for disqualifiers apply for all applicants in the process and all applicants require a criminal background investigation. In order to be considered for employment, applicants should not be classified by any of the following criteria:

Criminal Arrests and Convictions
Disqualification Period
Felony Conviction (If a felony at time of conviction or a felony in another state regardless of the Louisiana equivalent)
Misdemeanor Class A Conviction
Misdemeanor Class B Conviction
5 years from conviction date
Two or more Misdemeanor Class B or higher level convictions
Misdemeanor Class C- Conviction (excluding traffic)
2 years from conviction date
DWI or DUI charge with conviction on a reduced level offense      (ex: reckless driving or blocking roadway)
5 years from conviction date
Two or more Misdemeanor or Class B (or greater level) arrest
5 years from conviction date
Two or more Misdemeanor Class C level arrests
5 years from date of last arrest
Anyone currently on probation or have an existing warrant criminal or traffic nature
2 years from date of last arrest

Driving Record

  • Failure to have a valid driver’s license
  • Driver’s License suspension within the past 12 months due to a moving violation
  • DUI or Reckless Driving Conviction within the past 3 years 
  • Conviction of a misdemeanor hit and run
  • Extensive traffic convictions (e.g. 3 within the past 24 months)

Drug Usage

  • Any use of Opiates or any illegal hallucinogens
  • Any substantiated illegal act, including the possession, sale, manufacture, or distribution of any narcotic controlled substance or dangerous as defined by state or federal law
  • Any use, possession or purchase, of marijuana within 12 months before submitting an application or anytime thereafter 
  • Any illegal use of a drug or substance within 24 months before submitting an application or anytime thereafter ( except for the use of marijuana that was expressed in bullet 3)
  • Medicinal Marijuana use- the applicant must have authorized prescription for this medication. The prescription must be signed by a board certified doctor.  

The City of Shreveport is a drug-free work place. As part of the Hiring Process for this position, applicants selected, as finalist will be subject to mandatory pre-employment alcohol and drug testing. Additionally, Firefighters are subject to periodic random drug screenings.