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Fire Recruitment Information

Cleveland Fire, Rescue, & Emergency Medical Services
Recruitment Unit
1645 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
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Applications for Firefighter Positions

The secretary of the Civil Service Commission for the City of Cleveland is accepting applications for the classification of "Firefighter - City of Cleveland" until Thursday June 12, 2014. Applications are currently being accepted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Public Auditorium.

The written portion of the Civil Service examination will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 9am in the Cleveland Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.

Applications must be on official Civil Service application forms attainable at the Cleveland Public Auditorium, during the filing period of June 2 - 12 from 9am to 4pm and on June 7 from 9am to 3pm. Applications will also be accepted at the following Recreation Centers from 5 to 8pm on the dates listed below:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Gunning Recreation Center
16700 Puritas Avenue
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Zelma George Recreation Center
3155 Martin Luther King Boulevard
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Estabrook Recreation Center
4125 Fulton Road
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
John F. Kennedy Recreation Center
17300 Harvard Avenue

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Civil Service Testing Announcement >>

The Cleveland Division of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services is a proud member of the Firefighter Diversity Recruitment Council and values the diversity of candidates in all recruitment efforts.

Cleveland FirefightersFirefighter Positions

216.664.6388 - Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm - Send Email

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.

Firefighter Training

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

For additional information email

Department of Public Safety
Michael McGrath, Director
601 Lakeside Ave., Rm 230
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

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