Firefighter: Cincinnati Ohio Deadline: March 19, 2018


Deadline: March 19, 2018

Salary: $39,491.96 Annually

Job Description:

General Statement of Duties

Each Fire Recruit is assigned to the Cincinnati Fire Training and Personnel Bureau for training as a Firefighter which will include Firefighter I & II, Fire Safety Inspector and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification training .  Each recruit must successfully complete all phases of the training necessary to qualify as a Firefighter. Once qualified and classified to the position of Firefighter, he/she is assigned to a fire company and will respond to all emergency calls, assist in the saving of lives and property and in the extinguishment of fires.

Minimum Qualifications (KSAs)

(Illustrative only.  Any one position within this classification may not require all the knowledges, abilities, skills and personal characteristics listed, nor do the listed examples include all of the knowledges, abilities, skills and personal characteristics which must be possessed.)                         


Knowledge of:
Basic mathematics.
Basic mechanics including hand tools, motors, pumps, pulleys and related devices.

Skill and Ability to:
Read and spell at 12th grade level.
Evaluate emergency situations.
Deal effectively with people.
Following orders and directives.
Handle power and manual tools.
Uphold a positive image in a public setting.

Required Education and Experience

Applicants must possess High School Diploma or GED by time of appointment. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license in the state they reside by time of appointment.
Applicants must be 17 years of age at time of application and 18 years of age at time of appointment.
Applicants may not have reached their 41st birthday by date of appointment.

Must pass a physical examination including drug screening.
Residency: There is no residency requirement to apply for this exam. However, appointees as Fire Recruits must reside within Hamilton County Ohio or within any county that is adjacent to Hamilton County Ohio that is in or outside the State of Ohio by the date of appointment and maintain residency in these counties for the length of their employment.
Citizenship: All positions with the City of Cincinnati require that each applicant be a citizen of the United States or have a valid permanent resident card at the time of appointment.


Knowledge of:
Firefighting tactics and procedures.
Firefighting apparatus and equipment.
Procedures for handling hazardous chemicals.
First aid procedures and rescue operations.
Fire prevention codes and building codes.

Skill and Ability to:
Function effectively under stressful conditions. 
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Utilize firefighting apparatus and equipment.


Must have a valid Driver’s License in the state that they reside.
Must obtain a Certified Emergency Medical Technician -– Basic certification.
Must obtain a Firefighter II certification.
Must obtain a Fire Safety Inspector certification.
Must be willing to work irregular hours.
Must be in excellent physical condition.
Must satisfactorily complete a background investigation which may include a polygraph examination. (Certifications shall be obtained while the recruit is assigned to the Fire Training Bureau) 

Credit for Military Service: Special credit for honorable military service is given (1) only to Ohio residents, (2) who successfully complete all portions of the testing process, and (3) who provide Human Resources a long-form copy of your DD-214 confirming an honorable discharge (Character of Service Box 24 on DD-214). Disabled veterans shall receive ten preference points and non-disabled veterans shall receive five preference points. Veteran’s points will be added only to passing scores. Attach to your application or bring a copy with you to your exam. You will not be permitted to turn in a copy after the written examination. 

Background Investigation: A criminal background investigation will be conducted for this position (according to Civil Service Commission Rule 15 – Sensitive Classifications/Positions and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2001 and the Patriot Act). The purpose is to detect security risks and prevent security threats posed by potential employees.

U.S. Citizenship:  All positions with the City of Cincinnati require that each applicant be a citizen of the United States or have a valid permanent resident card at the time of appointment (date of hire).

Exam Scoring:  The passing score will be determined after the examination by the Civil Service Examiner together with the Civil Service Secretary. Determination of passing score will be based on the job analysis and the examination results in consultation with subject matter experts and/or other professional methods. 

(Illustrative only. Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all of the tasks which may be performed.)

After successful completion of Fire recruit training, is assigned to a company in which he/she performs the following tasks:

Connects, deploy and maneuver hose lines. 
Operates and directs nozzles.
Raises, climbs and works from ladders and elevated positions.
Overhauls structures using axes, pry bars, etc., to extinguish fires.
Operates various types of ladders, portable generators, exhaust fans, self-contained masks and, other specialized equipment in emergency situations and during training. Performs salvage operations before, during and after firefighting situations using protective tarps, squeegees, etc., to preserve, clean and protect belongings and property. Learns and applies knowledge of extinguishing agents and of liquids, solids, and gasses in relation to their being flammable, explosive, toxic, soluble or radioactive.
Inspects residential, commercial, industrial, and public facilities for fire safety, prevention pre-incident planning and familiarization purposes.
Uses ladders, ropes, and various equipment for rescuing people from fires, traffic accidents, drowning, electrical accidents and other emergency situations.
Assess, triage and treat patients by applying first aid as needed.
Responds to citizen requests, complaints, and questions, by providing information and assistance.
Performs cleaning and general maintenance chores on personal fire fighting gear, fire station dorm, kitchen, apparatus, work room facilities, fire fighting vehicles, tools, and special equipment

HR Contact:  Erica Burks,

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

City’s Website Click HERE


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