2019 Columbus, OH, Firefighter Exam

100-150 Firefighters to be hired from this exam!

The City of Columbus, Ohio, will be accepting applications for their 2019 Firefighter Examination from January 1-31, 2019.

Below is the link to the interest list to be notified by the City of Columbus about application and examination details:


For more information about becoming a Columbus Firefighter and to download the 2019 Columbus Firefighter Exam Study Guide, click on the following link:


Benefits of being a Columbus Firefighter

  • Starting Salary - $55,600  
  • Salary after 4 years - $85,300
  • Hospitalization, Dental and Vision plan
  • 3 weeks paid vacation
  • Retirement plan after only 25 years of service and age 52

Columbus Preparatory Seminar


This will be our tenth consecutive Columbus Firefighter Examination in which we have conducted SOLD OUT preparatory classes.  This is not a public relations statement - it's a fact!  This year we will once again be conducting a seminar and offering an at-home preparatory package. 

The results from our 2017 seminar class were as follows:

  • 89 of the first 100 and 173 of the first 200 on the eligibility list were Don McNea Fire School Columbus Seminar Students!

Our best testimonials come from the hundreds of current Columbus firefighters who have been successful by taking our classes over the last 25 years!

If you are not sure whether or not to attend our seminar, we ask that you talk to a Columbus firefighter who has taken our prep course in the past.

Written Exam Preparation Includes:

Full-length, in-depth, custom-designed multiple choice practice examinations of over 350 questions covering the following testing subjects for your Written Exam from the City of Columbus Study Guide:

  • Situational Judgment
  • Mathematics, Logic & Reasoning
  • Mechanical Aptitude
  • Map Reading & Following Directions
  • Reading Comprehension

Firefighter Oral Assessment Mechanism (FOAM) Preparation Includes:

We will be conducting in-depth seminars on your choice of dates that will be focused on the FOAM - the most important part of the examination process!  

NOTE:  We have updated our FOAM prep to include over 40 situational scenarios and strategies to dramatically increase your final exam score!

Remember, as it states in your Study Guide, the FOAM exam will be weighted as 100% of your final score!   Your ranking on the eligibility list will be determined by how well you do on the FOAM oral interview portion of the testing process.  

  • This type of oral interview structure is very unique to the Columbus Firefighter Examination. 99% of applicants have never been through this type of oral interview process.
  • This seminar will teach you the top scoring strategies and answers to different scenarios and situations that you may be presented with during the FOAM examination.
  • Learn critical, positive behaviors and traits that the oral interviewer assessors are looking for in a high-scoring candidate!
  • Key insight into the problem sensing and resolution and interpersonal relationships that will be the two dimensions you will be graded on for the oral interview process.
  • We will guide you through the oral rater’s dimension guidelines and evaluation scales that will be used in the FOAM examination.

Don’t go into the FOAM oral interview process unprepared – this is where the ballgame is going to be won!

2019 Exam Preparation Options

Written/FOAM Exam Prep Seminar. When you register for the Written/FOAM Exam Prep, the 350-question Written Exam Prep is available to you by Immediate Digital Download so that you can begin studying immediately, or it can be mailed to you by US Priority Mail (2-3 business days). This lets you begin studying for this portion of the exam right now! There are 3 date options to choose from for the Seminar. Price – $139.00

At-Home 350 Question Written Exam Prep Only (does not include FOAM exam prep) – available during the entire testing process by Immediate Digital Download or mailed to you by US Priority Mail (2-3 business days). Price - $59.00

Your investment in these classes will actually be returned to you in your first five hours as a Columbus firefighter! In the job market today, there are not many employment opportunities that offer the same competitive salary, benefits, chance for advancement and job security as the career of a firefighter does.

Important Note – No-Risk Guarantee! For those of you who decide to purchase our Written and Foam Exam Prep Seminar, if the City of Columbus determines that you are not eligible for the exam (because of disqualifying for background), if you provide us with a copy of the disqualification from the City, we will refund your seminar cost. This way, instead of waiting to determine your eligibility for the exam, you can immediately begin to study and prepare for the Written and FOAM exams.

Written/FOAM Exam Prep Seminar Class Dates/Locations

For those who purchase the Written/FOAM Seminar, the seminar will be held on the following dates/times – PLEASE CHOOSE WHICH ONE CLASS YOU WANT TO ATTEND!

All seminars will be held at the Columbus Airport Marriott, 1375 N. Cassady Avenue, Columbus OH 43219. (Please call the hotel at 614-475-7551 if you need directions.) Please note that there is FREE parking at the hotel.

  • Sunday, January 27th - from Noon to 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, February 10th - from Noon to 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, February 17th – from Noon to 6:00 PM

Class size will be limited – each of our past 9 Columbus seminars has SOLD OUT!  You must register for the seminars by 9:00 AM on the date of the seminar - however, be aware that our seminars sell out early!

Testimonials from Successful Students

  • "Don McNea Fire School was extremely helpful in allowing me to score high on all levels of the Columbus Civil Service Examination.  I am the second in my family to have successful results by using your preparatory materials."
  • "I attended your seminar for the FOAM prep.  Your class and study guide helped me more than I ever could have imagined.  I went through every scenario you have in your packet like you told us to do and it helped tremendously.  If I had chosen not to take your class, I would have been at a loss.  Your seminar and the information you gave us was amazing.  I'd like to thank you for all the preparation."
  • "The class was very informative ~ it was the perfect prep for both the Written and FOAM exams.  The practice examinations were extremely helpful to a person like me who has been out of school for awhile.  I am currently a Columbus Firefighter and I owe it all to Don McNea Fire School."

Our Final Thoughts…

This is a very unique examination; 99% of you have never taking a similar one. What we can tell you is that by practicing with our over 350 Question Written Exam Prep and attending our FOAM seminar, you WILL dramatically increase your chance of becoming one of the 100-150 Columbus firefighters hired. Our past classes’ successful results for the City of Columbus prove that!

Remember that 100% of your final score on the eligibility list will be from the FOAM!

Our past Columbus class results prove that our students consistently finish in the top percentile. If you feel at this time that you are adequately prepared for this examination, we wish you the best of luck. If you want that extra edge over your competition that our seminar will provide, this class is for you! Remember that luck goes to the prepared!

If you cannot attend for any reason, you must cancel 72 hours before classes begin in order to receive a refund. If you have any questions, you may contact us at 440.572.3919.