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Thank you for your interest in employment as a Firefighter with the City of Columbus.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent budget cuts, the open recruitment for Firefighter is postponed until 2022.  The Civil Service Commission extended the 2019 Firefighter Eligible List until the next open recruitment is complete in 2022.

To be considered for employment as a Firefighter, you must submit an application during the filing period. The application filing period is planned to occur in early 2022. 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 [email protected]

    Application Filing Period 

    To apply, complete an application online during 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 when the filing period opens in 2022 and information that you enter in your profile will be accessible when you complete your application.

    See the Applicant Profile section below for how to create and access an Applicant profile.  

    Firefighter Exam

      The 2022 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 (FOAM) (band/fail)
    • Phase III: Physical Examination aka Firefighter Mile (pass/fail)

    Applicant Profiles& Information Notices

      The City of Columbus Job Alerts and/or your profile can be accessed by clicking 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 information.

    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.

    Setting 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.

    A video of the final information session is available by clicking here.  Additional information sessions may be held prior to the 2022 test administration.

      Entry-Level Firefighter Exam Resources


      Firefighter Selection Process

      Firefighter Background Removal Standards

      Firefighter Entry Level Test Guide

      Firefighter Mile Candidate Orientation Guide

      Firefighter Mile Orientation Video

      FOAM Practice Scenario Video

      FOAM Response to Practice Scenario Video

      Veterans Preference Fact Sheet

      Stress Test Training Program

      Cardiovascular Fitness Stress Test Information

      Stress Test Standards

      Fire Training Academy Warm-Up Exercises


      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 LIST, click here to see what band is currently being processed and other selection process information. 

       Contact 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.