Requirements for Employment

The following are requirements to become a Firefighter with the Columbus Fire Department:

  • Must be a United States Citizen;
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License;
  • Must successfully complete all phases of the hiring process to be considered for employment
  • Must be at least 21 years old and not older than 40 years old when sworn-in.

Hiring Process

The Columbus Fire Department (CFD) is continually seeking qualified applicants for the position of firefighter. CFD offers a challenging and rewarding career and opportunities to serve the community in a variety of ways. The Department has a tradition of strict hiring standards, extensive training, state of the art equipment and technology, and professionalism.

Our hiring process is a competitive process and is generally conducted annually. Applicants compete against each other in terms of qualifications and performance in the various phases of the hiring process. While not required, a college education, paramedic certification, previous firefighting experience, and/or military service may improve an applicant’s standing. Those applicants who pass all phases of the hiring process are placed on an eligibility list for future openings. CFD’s hiring process and benefit package are described below.

The hiring process includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Written aptitude test;
  • Physical agility testing (CPAT card active within last 12 months, active card must be presented at written test)
  • Mile and a half run (on day of written test)
  • 100’ ladder climb (before contingent offer of employment)
  • Multiple Interviews

After an offer of employment is extended, the following will be completed:

  • Thorough background investigation
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Medical Evaluation

2024 Salary

Firefighter Salary: $66,031.00

Pension Base: $89,600.00

  • Overtime Compensation Benefits
  • Progressive Longevity Matrix
  • Life Insurance / Health Insurance Plan
  • Free Employee Clinic
  • Annual Military Incentive Pay (Minimum $178.00 Maximum $1424.00)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Wellness Program and Health Programs
  • Progressive Vacation Time and Paid Holidays
  • Annual College Credit Incentive Pay (Minimum $250.00 Maximum $2850.00)
  • Public Employee Retirement Fund (PERF)
  • Annual Clothing Allowance ($900.00)
  • Annual Paramedic Incentive Pay ($3000.00)
  • Annual Hazardous Materials Team Pay ($500.00)

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