Columbus Firefighter ~ Fire Selection Process
Step 1: Application Civil Service Commission (CSC)
- at least
17½ years of age at the time of application and 18 years old at time of hire
driver's license at time of application and valid Ohio driver's license at time
school diploma or GED at time of appointment
- U. S.
citizen at time of application
See also Background Removal Standards provided online.
The Columbus Civil
Service Commission will notify you of the time and place to report for your
Applicants with military service
are eligible to apply for veteran’s preference points on civil service open
In order to qualify,
applicants must have served on active duty for more than 180 days and have been
discharged under honorable conditions Members of reserve units who served on
active military duty during a period of war or in a campaign or expedition for
which a campaign badge was authorized are also eligible to apply for veteran’s
Veterans who wish to apply for
preference points must do so on the test application at the time it is filed.
Proof of military service, Form DD-214 must be on file with Commission or
submitted no later than the final date of testing.
Individuals on active status, who
anticipate being discharged before the eligible list is established, must
submit proof of active status by the final day of testing.
Veterans Fact Sheet
Step 2: (Phase 1) Written
Exam & Oral Assessment (FOAM)(Civil Service Commission)
The initial testing will be conducted under the direction of the Columbus Municipal Civil Service Commission. Those applicants who score sufficiently high enough will proceed to the next level. Prior to the test, preparation materials and study guides will be provided.
Written Exam- will consist of multiple choice questions Pass/Fail
FOAM- Firefighter Oral Assessment Mechanism- is a video-based test that examines a candidate’s problem sensing / resolution skills and interpersonal relations skills. Your oral exam score will be weighted as 100% of the final score for those who pass. Thos who pass this portion of the test determines your Banding Score on the Eligibility list, Band Rank/Fail
(Phase 2) Firefighter Mile Physical Testing- Physical Fitness Test course Pass/Fail
Only those who receive passing scores on all phases of the examination process will be placed on the Columbus Civil Service Commission Firefighter Eligibility List in band scores.
Step 3: Background Investigation (Columbus Division of Fire Background Investigations)
A personal history questionnaire (PHQ) will be required from each candidate along with a pre interview, picture, polygraph and fingerprints. Candidates also will sign waivers allowing the Background Officer to conduct an extensive background investigation. Candidate’s Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) will be reviewed to ensure compliance with the Firefighter Background Removal Standards, prior to scheduling of the polygraph examination. At this time, the candidate must submit a high school diploma or G.E.D.
4: Oral Interview (CFD)
The candidate will be required to go before an Oral
Interview Board consisting of Fire Department representatives. The Board then will make a recommendation to
the Director of Public Safety. The
Safety Director will select candidates for a conditional offer of employment.
5: Medical / Stress Evaluation /
After receiving a conditional offer of employment,
Candidates will be contacted to schedule step 5. This will involve a rigorous medical
examination including a vision, cardiovascular
stress tests, and Psychological screening. These tests must be passed
before you can be appointed to the position of Firefighter. Candidates must be free of dependence and
addiction to narcotics, alcohol or other controlled substances. The vision requirements state that vision
must be correctable to 20/30 binocular and no more than 20/100
uncorrected in each eye. Cardiovascular Fitness Stress Test Information - Stress Test Standards - Stress Test Training Program
Step 6: Appointment
Firefighter candidate names will be submitted to the
Safety Director for final selection and appointment to the Department of Public
Safety, Columbus Division of Fire, based on Columbus Civil Service
Certification. Fire candidates will be
notified by letter of an appointment date to the Fire Academy.
Fire recruits will
be required to successfully complete approximately thirty weeks of paid
training and graduate from the Columbus Fire Academy. All appointees will be required to
successfully complete a one- year probationary period from date of appointment.
The Division of Fire must maintain a required number of Firefighters who possess a Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic certificate. Some Firefighters may be required to obtain and retain this certificate after becoming a Journeyman Firefighter.
Columbus Division of Fire offers an attractive and competitive fringe benefit
and Equipment Allowance
Drug Plan Deferred
Sick Leave Credit
Vacation Leave Promotions
for insurance benefits begins on the first day of the month following date of
hire, except as noted below.
(*) For new hires and eligible dependents, a pre-existing
condition clause will apply. In the
event medical care or consultation is sought or received within six (6) months
prior to the employee’s effective date of coverage, the medical condition will
not be payable for twelve (12) months from the effective date with the City of
Columbus Division of Fire.
Eligible after one-year of continuous service.
After completion of one- year continuous service in each
of the steps listed below, the employee’s salary increases to the next higher
step. Step increases are based on an
employee’s date of original appointment.
1, 2014 through November
STEP A $1,758.40
STEP B $1,847.20bi-weekly $48,027.20 annually
STEP C $1,940.80
STEP D $2,316.00
STEP E $2,695.20
bi- weekly $70,075.20
Eligibility to take the Lieutenant exam is after 5 years
as Firefighter. The differential in
salary for Lieutenant, Captain, and Battalion Chief are products of an 18% full
rate wage differential between these ranks.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Columbus Division of Fire, Recruitment Office, 300 N 4th Street, 3rd
floor Columbus Ohio 43215 (614) 645-6387
APPLICATION PERIOD APRIL 1-30TH, 2014
Job interest form= will put you on the mailing
list for any firefighter(#3090) testing information
announcements from the Civil