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Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County - Fire & Emergency Services

Listing Summary

REPORTS TO: Fire Sergeant or Fire Lieutenant, depending on the job assignment
FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt
CLASSIFICATION: Personnel System – Requires satisfactory completion of a 12-month probationary period.
SAFETY SENSITIVE: Yes - Subject to random drug testing per the Athens-Clarke County Drug and Alcohol Ordinance

Purpose of Job
The purpose of this job is to protect lives and property endangered by fire and other emergency situations, to promote fire prevention and safety activities, and to educate the public. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, performing fire suppression activities, performing rescue, salvage and overhaul operations, driving and operating apparatus, administering first response emergency medical care, inspecting and maintaining fire apparatus equipment, conducting station tours, and performing additional tasks as assigned.

Hiring Process:
To be considered for a firefighter position, you will be asked to participate in and must successfully pass all of the following phases:

1.  Certification Requirements -  Click here (works best with Internet Explorer; if document displays gray, scroll down) for the Application instructions. You must submit all of the following by your PAT date to continue in the process:

  • A copy of your current National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) certifications for Firefighter I and Firefighter II; AND 
  • A copy of your current State of Georgia or National Registry EMT certification.

2.  Physical Agility Test (PAT). If eligible, you will be prompted by e-mail to schedule your PAT. To view a firefighter recruitment video and a sample PAT, click here (works best with Internet Explorer; if document displays gray, scroll down).

Note: You must provide a release form signed by your personal physician stating you may participate in the physical agility test prior to participating in the test.Click here (works best with Internet Explorer; if document displays gray, scroll down) for your physician release form.

3.  Oral interviews. If eligible, you will be prompted by e-mail to schedule for interviews.

You must pass all phases of testing as listed above to be placed on the eligibility list. An eligibility list will be developed after all testing is complete.  At a later date you may be invited to interview, have your fingerprints processed, and to participate in further pre-employment testing (e.g, medical examination, routine drug test, and a psychological examination). Passing all phases of testing, including pre-employment testing does not guarantee employment with the Athens-Clarke County Fire & Emergency Services (ACCFES).

You must check your e-mail account regularly in order to receive any and all correspondence related to this application. 

Job Related Requirements

WORK SCHEDULE: While assigned to Shift: On duty 24 hours, off duty 48 hours (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. the following day). While assigned to Training, Community Risk Reduction, or Special Assignment: 40-hour work week. Subject to callbacks occasionally. Weekends, holidays and overtime are required

May be required to work on religious holidays.

Regular and predictable attendance is required.

Must work cooperatively with others.

When requirements include vehicle operation, responsible for the safety, readiness and operation of the vehicle and must abide by ACC's safe driving policy.

Emergency Position
This position is designated as an emergency position that requires your attendance at work under all types of emergency conditions. Some examples of emergencies include inclement weather, utility failure, fire or other forced evacuations or as determined by the Manager.




High School diploma or equivalent.  Comparable career (full time) fire and rescue experience along with equivalent firefighter recruit training (NPQ Firefighter II, NPQ Hazardous Materials- Awareness and Operations, and EMT certification); OR successful completion of the Athens-Clarke County Firefighter Recruit School training and successful completion of the Firefighter/EMT Recruit 12 month probationary period.

These certifications must be maintained throughout employment with Fire and Emergency Services.

Must possess a valid driver's license.
Must be able to meet the current requirements set forth by the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Act.
Proof of vaccinations for the following are required on date of hire: 

  • MMR
  • TB test
  • Hep B
  • Tdap (within last 5 years) 

Must have no felony convictions within the past 10 years.


To apply, please visit Posting will be continuous until filled.

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