Below are the disqualifiers for the WFD Employment Process. Please review the following carefully to determine your potential eligibility.

The Westlake Fire Department will not answer questions concerning an 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 Probationary Fire Fighter. If you feel that you meet the minimum requirements to be considered for a position, you are encouraged to apply.

The Westlake Fire Department is a drug-free workplace. As part of the hiring process for this position, applicants selected as finalists will be subject to mandatory pre-employment alcohol and drug testing. Additionally, Firefighters are subject to periodic random drug screenings.

This position requires 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 Texas equivalent) Permanent
Misdemeanor Class A Conviction Permanent
Misdemeanor Class B Conviction Five years from conviction date
Two or more Misdemeanor Class B or higher level convictions Permanent
Misdemeanor Class C- Conviction (excluding traffic) Two years from conviction date
DWI or DUI charge with conviction on a reduced level offense (ex: reckless driving or blocking roadway) Five years from conviction date
History of family violence reports (suspect in three or more incidents with no convictions) Permanent
Two or more Misdemeanor Class B (or greater level) arrests Five years from date of last arrest
Two or more Misdemeanor Class C level arrests Two years from date of last arrest

Other Disqualifiers

General Disqualifiers Member of any organization that advocates the overthrow of a governmental agency by force of violence.

Belonging to or closely associated with any organization which advocates or engages in unlawful conduct directed at individuals or groups based on the individual’s or groups race, religion, national origin, age, skin color, sexual preference, disability or conduct otherwise known as “Hate Crimes”.

Military Dishonorable Discharge Bad Conduct

Any indicating bad character

Financial – Failure to maintain financial responsibility prior to applying without providing proof of extenuating circumstances. Five years from date of last default/judgement
Drug Use – Marijuana, illegal controlled substance Three years from date of last incident

Police record of illegal drug use or furnished illegal drug use

A person is considered to be convicted of an offense when an ADJUDICATION OF GUILT is entered against said person by a court of competent jurisdiction, or a PLEA OF GUILTY is entered.