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What it Means to be a Firefighter
Fire Recruitment Poster
During duty hours firefighters must be prepared to respond to any emergency. Between alarms, fire station activities include training sessions, pre-fire planning, house-watch, and physical fitness training. They live and work closely together under stress and danger, so firefighters develop dependability and reliance on each other, and those considering this career should work well in group environment. Applicants must:
- be eighteen years of age at the time of the test and under the age of 40 at the time of appointment to the Academy
- have proof of accredited High School Diplomas/GED’s
- be US citizens
- possess valid Ohio drivers licenses
- apply to take the entrance examination during the identified filing period
Selection Process: Applicants must qualify in a series of competitive examinations before they are eligible for appointment which includes:
- written examination to measure reading and math skills and the ability to recall factual materials and make judgments based on reasoning skills
- physical agility test consisting of evolutions that simulate firefighting activities using actual firefighting equipment
- thorough medical examination
- thorough criminal history and background check
- written psychological examinations and evaluations
Bona-fide residents of the City of Cleveland will receive additional points with a passing score of 70 percent or better. Veterans with proof of an honorable discharge (DD-214) will receive additional points with a passing score of 70 percent or better.
Once appointed as a Cadet Firefighter each successful applicant must complete an apprenticeship program and probationary period and maintain a satisfactory on-the-job rating. Apprenticeship program includes:
- Certification by the National registry and State of Ohio as an EMT
- Certification by the State of Ohio as a Structural Firefighter
The initial emergency medical technician and firefighter training lasts 18 weeks, during which compensation is $10.50/hour. Upon completion of the Academy, each cadet is entered into a four year apprenticeship program. The remainder of the apprenticeship occurs in the field as cadets are assigned to an Engine Company, Hook & Ladder, or Rescue Squad. The company officers continue close monitoring and instruction for the cadet and upon successful completion of the four year program, the apprentice firefighter becomes a journeyman firefighter.
Opportunities for Advancement
A firefighter may advance through continued education and testing, and after several years of service may become eligible for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. The line of further promotion is Captain, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief and finally Chief of the Division. Advancement is determined by a candidate's position on a list which ranks firefighters through use of a competitive exam.
- Annual Salary of $45,904 upon graduation of the Fire Training Academy
- Annual Salary of $53,890 upon completion of the 4 years apprenticeship
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