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Becoming a Firefighter
Selection Process

Recruitment Office Location

Station # 1

300 N.4th St.

Columbus, Ohio 43215


Selection Process

Step 1. Application

You must be a U.S. citizen and have a valid motor vehicle operators license. Civil Service will notify you of the time and place to report for your examination (s).

Veterans Information

If you have served on active military for more than 180 days in the armed forces (other than the Reserves or National Guard) and have been discharged or released from the military under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veteran's preference points. At the time of filing your application, you must submit an original DD Form 214 and/or Award Letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Step 2. Written & Physical Capability Testing

The written examination and the endurance test will be conducted under the direction of the Columbus Municipal Civil Service Commission. Only those applicants who pass the exam will be ranked and proceed to the next step.

Step 3. Background Investigation

A personal history questionnaire will be required from each candidate along with a pre-interview, picture, polygraph and fingerprints. Candidates will also sign waivers allowing the Background Officer to conduct an extensive background investigation. At this time the candidate must submit a high school diploma or G.E.D. You may contact the Background Investigations Unit at (614) 645-3008

Step 4. Oral Interview

The candidate will be required to go before an Oral Interview Board consisting of department representatives. The board will make a recommendation to the Director of Public Safety. The Safety Director will select candidates for conditional appointment.

Step 5. Medical/Stress Examination

This step will involve a physical examination and a cardiovascular stress test. Candidates must be free of dependence and addiction to narcotics, alcohol or other controlled substances.

Step 6. Selection

The top firefighter candidate names will be submitted to the Safety Director for final selection and appointment to the Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire, based on Civil Service certification. Applicants who have been appointed will be required to successfully complete approximately thirty weeks of paid training when they enter to Columbus Fire Academy. After the applicant completes the selection process and has been accepted, he or she must live in Franklin County or one of the counties that border Franklin County. All appointees will be required to successfully complete a one year probationary period from the date of appointment. Effective June 1, 1998 all new fire recruits may be required to obtain/maintain an Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (EMT-P) certification during their term of employment as deemed by the fire chief.


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