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Firefighter (Lateral / Fast Track Program)


Listing Summary

Chatham Emergency Services is accepting applications for currently certified firefighters for its lateral hire / fast track program.  Go to for job description and full requirements of the position.  Candidates must apply online, and attach copies of required documents at time of application to be considered. Upon receipt of your complete application, further information regarding the testing process will be sent to the email address provided on your application.  The testing process requires successful completion of an online written exam, physical agility test, and oral interview.

Position Responsibilities Overview:  Firefighter is an entry-level fire prevention, suppression, and emergency medical response classification.  Under the direction of a Fire Lieutenant, the Firefighter is responsible for fire prevention, fire suppression, fire inspections, hazardous materials release response, rescue operations and emergency medical care; drive and assists in apparatus, equipment, and facility maintenance.  This position is a 6-month temporary trainee position intended to prepare and qualify personnel to promote to the Advanced Firefighter.

Chatham Emergency Services responds to approximately 4,000 emergency calls annually to include fire, rescue, extrication and medical assist incidents.

Written Exam Dates: General aptitude online examination is sent to the candidate via email

Physical Agility Test and Interview:  Scheduled Monthly

Who should apply:  We are searching for individuals with a passion to make a real difference in the lives of others.  Our goal is to cultivate a highly motivated, effective, and diverse workforce to meet the emergency services needs of Chatham County.  If you desire to be part of something bigger than yourself then step up to the challenge and start the process to join the CES team.  

Starting salary is $34,402.  In six months, Firefighters may be eligible for promotion to Advanced Firefighter after completion of all job performance requirements and certifications - rate $37,742.

Automatic Disqualifiers:  The applicants must not have the following:

Motor Vehicle Reports:

  • DUI/DWI charge with deposition of nolo contender, conviction or plea within the past 3-5 years.
  • Driver license suspensions within the past 3 years (except for Insurance Cancellation)
  • Multiple Speeding Tickets within the past 2 years
  • Multiple accidents within the past 2 years
  • Reckless Driving within the past 2 years
  • Vehicular homicide or hit and run charge/arrest
  • Fleeing or attempting to elude the police charge/arrest

Background Investigations

Applicants must undergo an extensive background investigation applicant are finger-printed and in accordance with the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council (GFSTC), applicants for uniformed firefighting positions must not have:

  • Pending Criminal cases
  • Convictions, nolo contendere or pleas involving sexual offense or Domestic Violence Act offenses
  • Felony convictions and nolo contendere or pleas involving felony arrests (within last 10 years)
  • Multiple misdemeanors within the past 3 years
  • Serious misdemeanor convictions, nolo contendere, or pleas within the past 3 years

For all non-English speaking candidates, we can assist you per written request. If you need additional resources services send a request to the Human Resources via email ( no later than 7 business days prior to the testing date. During this time, we will provide a written English comprehension examination that test your ability to read and understand English. Upon successful completion of this exam, we will provide you the written examination and/or resources per written request.  

                                            Chatham is an EEO & Drug-Free Workplace Employer

                                                  Thank you for your interest in joining our team.

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