Firefighter Exams

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The Firefighter application filing period is closed. The 2024 Firefighter Eligible List has been established. Candidates will be contacted in Band order.  Band number 1 candidates should have received their Personal History Statement (PHS) for completion.

In preparation for the next open filing period, information regarding filing a City of Columbus application to take the Firefighter exam please review the document listed directly below titled Tips for Filing Firefighter Applications. Be sure to sign up for Job Alerts when you complete your city applicant profile to be notified when the filing period opens.

Tips for Filing Firefighter Applications(PDF, 373KB)

Apply to Become A City of Columbus Firefighter

You may also contact the Fire Recruitment office for additional information or opportunities. Fire Recruitment can be reached by calling (614) 645-6387 or emailing

Information regarding the Fire Cadet program can be found by clicking here.

Firefighter Exam Information

Currently, the Entry-Level Firefighter examination consists of three phases:

  • Phase I: Multiple Choice Examination (pass/fail)
  • Phase II: Oral Examination aka Fire Oral Assessment Mechanism (FOAM) (band/fail)
  • Phase III: Physical Examination aka Firefighter Mile (pass/fail)

Firefighter Information Sessions

Information Sessions

Information sessions are designed to help firefighter exam candidates understand what is expected during the testing process. An overview of the City of Columbus Civil Service Commission Firefighter test guide will be provided, along with a question and answer session. These information sessions are optional but highly recommended for candidates.


Police/Fire Testing Center Map

Police/Fire Testing Site Map


Police/Fire Testing Center Contact Information

Questions? If you have questions about the…

  • Position (what the job is like, salary, benefits, recruiting events), please contact the Fire Recruiting Unit. See the bottom of this page for contact information.
  • Testing Process (what’s on the test, how to do well), please contact the Civil Service Commission Public Safety Test Team. See the bottom of this page for contact information.
  • Your Status on the Current Eligible Listsee what band is currently being processed(PDF, 253KB) and other selection process information.

If you have additional questions about the job (salary, job responsibilities, etc.), please contact Fire Recruiting at (614) 645-6387. If you have additional questions about the test, please contact Civil Service at (614) 645-0879.