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CONTACT INFO Recruitment Office
3675 Parsons Ave 
Columbus Ohio 43207 
Phone  614.645.6387
Fax  614.724-0899



When is the next Firefighter test?     * The next sign-up period is January 1st-31st, 2019 *

The Columbus Civil Service Commission administers the firefighter test application in April, every two years.  In the past, CSC has the option to extend the current eligibility list of candidates causing longer periods between testing.

How do I sign up for the FF Civil Service test?

The Spring 2017 Test sign-up period has expired. Interested applicants are encouraged to check back for updated information on test preparation events for the next test which is expected to be in the spring of 2019. Recruitment preparation events will be scheduled through Eventbrite when dates are finalized.

I missed the open application month; can I get put on the mailing list?

Go to the Civil Service website Employment Center  and fill out the Job interest form for the Firefighter position Code #3090. This will put you on the mailing list to be notified of any information about testing. THIS IS A MAILING LIST ONLY

What's on the test?

A Study Guide will be available on line, describing the content of each phase to the Civil Service test. The study guide will outline the Phases of the multiple choice, FOAM ( Firefighter Oral Assessment Mechanism), Firefighter Mile Physical Testing - Physical Fitness Test course Pass/Fail.

Can I apply just for the EMS/Paramedic position?

No, you will be trained in both, Firefighter and EMT/Paramedicand perform both of these positions  .

What do I need to do to prepare for the next Civil Service Test?

It's never too early to start your physical fitness training. Cardiovascular training is one dimension to the test.  Become familiar with the study guide and all the steps up until hire. Review and know the study guide well!  Attend all the practice sessions CSC provides for the Physical test.

Why so long before I hear about Firefighting testing?

Once an applicant has passed  through the multiple choice, FOAM, and Firefighter Mile Physical Testing - Physical Fitness Test course Pass/Fail, they are placed on a Civil Service Eligibility list , derived from the score on the FOAM (Firefighter Oral Assessment Mechanism).  This Eligibility list is good for two years, but may be extended. This list will be used until the next list is established.

Do I need EMS or Fire Experience to apply?

No, you must meet the basic qualifications to apply, 17 ½ years of age, US Citizen, valid Driver's license, and HS diploma or GED at Hire.


Do I get preference points for EMS or Firefighting certifications/experience?

No, the only preference point awardees are to Veterans .

 Am I hired to the Academy if I pass the Civil Service test?

No, Your are placed on an CSC Eligibility list, by score and this list is valid for two years, but maybe extended, the next Candidates on the Eligibility list will be selected to proceed to CFD Background Investigations and must pass through those steps to receive a conditional offer of employment by the Public Safety Director.

If I am a legal Resident, can I apply?

No, you must be a sworn US Citizen by time of Hire.

Is there an age cut off to apply?

No Maximum age limit, must be at least 17 ½ years of age to apply

I have no experience in EMS/Fire, what can I expect?

You may still apply.  Do your homework by looking up careers in the fire service on

I have a college degree; can I get into the Fire Academy?

No, you must apply through CSC and pass the test to be placed on the CSC Eligibility list

If I have a felony, can I apply?

No, there is a list of Background Removal Standards everyone should become familiar with located on the website.

What days and hours can I work?

After graduating from the Columbus Fire Academy, you will be placed on a 24 hour platoon schedule, every third day. (48 hours off duty) as an Firefighter/EMT!




Set yourself up for successful testing, and a career of a lifetime! Call the Columbus Fire Recruitment office if you have any further questions to talk with a Recruiter!  614-645-6387