FIREFIGHTER EXAMINATION INFORMATION
Thank you for your interest in
employment as a Firefighter with the City of Columbus. To be considered for
employment, you MUST submit an application during the application filing
Key Dates at a Glance
The following dates are subject to change. To ensure
that you are kept up to date, please follow the guidance outlined in the Applicant
Profiles & Information Notices section below.
Filing Period January
1 – January 31, 2019
- Information Sessions (optional) January – February 2019 (exact
dates and times below)
- Phase I Exam and Phase II Exam February – March, 2019
- Firefighter Mile (Phase III) Practice May – June, 2019
- Firefighter Mile (Phase III) June 2019
- Eligible List Established June 2019
The filing period for entry-level
Firefighter is January 1 – 31, 2019. To be considered for the 2019 entry-level
Firefighter exam, your application must be submitted by January 31, 2019. To apply click here.
To apply, complete an application online
the filing period. While you are waiting for the filing period to open, you can submit a Job Alert and set up a profile. When this is
complete, you will be sent an email reminder to apply January 1, 2019 and
information that you enter in your profile will be accessible when you complete
See the Applicant Profile section below for how to create and access an
Entry-Level Firefighter examination will consist of three phases:
- Phase I: Multiple Choice Examination (pass/fail)
- Phase II: Oral Examination aka Fire Oral Assessment Mechanism
- Phase III: Physical Examination aka Firefighter Mile
Test dates will be made available
for candidates whose application is approved for testing. Approval depends on
the candidate meeting the minimum qualifications for the position, and the
results of the Abbreviated Background Questionnaire.
Candidates who pass Phase I and
Phase II will be invited to Phase III. After the filing period closes on
January 31, 2019, applicants approved to take the test will be sent information
about test dates.
Approved applicants may schedule
themselves for testing on a preferred date/time per instructions that will be
outlined in an Information Notice that
will be issued after the start of the filing period. If the preferred date is
full, a candidate may arrive on their preferred test date by 7:30 a.m. and take
the test on a space available basis; first come, first served.
& Information Notices
The City of Columbus Job Alerts and/or your profile can be accessed here. Select “log
in” if you have already created an account, or select “create an account” if
you have not yet created a profile.
When an individual creates an
account for the first time, they will be prompted to complete a basic profile.
If you have never set up an applicant
profile, you may set one up before the filing period opens. You can
include your work history, education, your DD214 (applicable to Military) and
additional information. Then, when the filing period opens, you can use that
profile to apply. When you apply, you may update or add to this profile
If you have set up a profile
before, but forgot your username and/or password, do NOT set up another profile. Instead, use the retrieval process to
access the profile you already have. Duplicate profiles may cause you to miss Information
Notices that highlight key information and updates. You may update or add to
your profile at any time.
Keep the contact information in your
applicant profile absolutely up-to-date, so you are sure to be sent each Information Notice that the Commission
sends throughout the testing process.
up a profile is not the same as submitting an application. Be sure to submit a
City of Columbus Firefighter application during the filing period.
Firefighter Exam Information Sessions
Information sessions are designed to
help candidates understand what is expected during the exam. An overview of the
study guide will be provided, along with a question and answer session. These
information sessions are optional
for candidates. They are hosted by the Civil Service Commission.
All information sessions have already been conducted for the 2019 administration. However a video of the final information session is available here.
Entry-Level Firefighter Exam Resources
Firefighter Selection Process
Firefighter Background Removal Standards
2019 Firefighter Study Guide
Firefighter Mile Candidate Orientation Guide
Firefighter Mile Orientation Video
FOAM Practice Scenario Video
FOAM Response to Practice Scenario Video
Veterans Fact Sheet
Stress Test Training Program
Cardiovascular Fitness Stress Test Information
Stress Test Standards
Fire Training Academy Warm-Up Exercises
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.