This position performs firefighting activities as a Firefighter in training, including combating and extinguishing fires, rescuing persons and salvaging property in emergency situations, training with and maintaining equipment, assisting in fire prevention activities, and controlling and containing hazardous substances.
After successful completion of a 16 week Recruit Training Class, Firefighter Trainees move to the position of Firefighter with an annual salary of $35,046.00. After one year, Firefighters are promoted to the position of Advanced Firefighter with an annual salary of $39,230.00.
Assists in responding to fire alarms in a company; lays out and connects hoses; raises and climbs ladders; directs the suppressants to extinguish fires; carries out firefighting activities using tools and methods in a prescribed manner; performs emergency lifesaving activities; salvages and preserves property to minimize fire loss; and performs clean-up activities after fire suppression.
Trains and studies with fire tools and equipment to develop and maintain competency and proficiency in fire suppression and prevention procedures and techniques, lifesaving techniques, and to become familiar with developments in incombustible and fire hazards; conducts studies to learn locations of city streets and addresses, hydrants, standpipes, and physical features of property within a district.
Assists in the inspection of commercial and residential properties for fire hazards; advises and solicits cooperation of property owners and inhabitants to rectify hazardous conditions; participates in fire drills in hospitals, schools, and other high-risk structures.
Assists in servicing, cleaning, and testing firefighting equipment and property to ensure proper working order; performs general maintenance work in the upkeep of fire department facilities.
Assists in the operation of assigned equipment.
Assists in inspecting and checking the conditions of fire hydrants, standpipes, and water supply sources.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Requires High School Diploma or GED. Must successfully complete entry firefighter training program. Must complete 240 hours of basic training within the first six months. Must be at least 18 years of age. Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license and an acceptable driving history and the ability to work various shifts. Verification of education, certifications, and licenses will be required prior to employment. A background investigation, and post-offer/pre-employment medical exam including supervised drug screen will be conducted.
The selection process will consist of the following:
Phase I - Online application and IPMA-HR Online Firefighter Entry Level (FFEL) 101 Exam
- 2019 IPMA-HR Firefighter Entry Level (FFEL) 101 Online Exam
The Friday after receiving your application, a link for the IPMA-HR Firefighter Entry Level (FFEL) 101 online exam will be emailed to qualified applicants. After the IPMA-HR Firefighter Entry Level (FFEL) 101 Online Exam link is sent you will have five (5) days to complete the exam. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Out-of state candidates may take the online exam beginning October 7, 2019 through November 8, 2019. A link will be emailed to qualified candidates.
- Local candidates may take the online exam beginning October 7, 2019 through November 8, 2019.A link will be emailed to qualified candidates.
- Local candidates that do not have computer access, you will be scheduled to take the exam on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 and Thursday, November 14, 2019:
- Savannah Fire Rescue (SFR) Training Facility, located at 280 Agonic Rd, Savannah, GA
Phase II - CPAT, 100 Foot Ladder Climb, Confined Space Crawl, Interview and Background Review Booklet (applicant must submit a copy of a valid driver's license, social security card, and birth certificate).
During Phase II applicants will submit the following document(s) if applicable:
- Copy of High School Diploma/GED or transcript
- Bachelor's Degree/Advanced Degree OR
- DD214 for prior military service with a Honorable Discharge
Eligible candidates that successfully pass the Firefighter Entry Level (FFEL) 101 exam will be scheduled for the CPAT/interview. The practice sessions for the CPAT will be held at the Fire Training Facility located at 280 Agonic Rd on November 19, 2019 through December 21, 2019 on Tuesday evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm and Saturday mornings from 9 am to 1 pm - (except November 30th due to the Thanksgiving holiday).
Phase III -Conditional Offer of Employment/Medical Screening
Phase IV - Formal Offer of Employment
Those applicants that successfully complete the recruitment process and are deemed eligible for employment will be placed on an Eligible List for a Firefighter Trainee hiring cycle.
Individuals hired as Firefighters must comply with a NO USE OF TOBACCO AGREEMENT.