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Hiring Process / Recruit Academy
Contact: Douglas County Fire Department Training Division
Douglas County Employment within the fire service is highly competitive. Douglas County Fire Department prides itself in providing the highest level of fire protection and patient care, and in order to continue a high level of service, we will only recruit those individuals who will provide an exceptional level of patient care, professionalism, and work ethic. Employees at Douglas County Fire Department work a rotating 24 hour on, 48 hour off schedule, and must be able to work effectively within a team dynamic.Employment Opportunities
New hire testing occurs periodically throughout the year for open positions within the department. Click HERE
to access Douglas County Human Resources where job announcements are posted. Applications will only be accepted for open positions.
You must complete an online application and
upload any necessary certifications; failure to do so may result in disqualification. Paper applications are not
Douglas County Employment opportunities within the fire service include:
Requirements for all Fire/EMS positions:
- Full-Time Firefighter/EMT
- Full-Time Firefighter/Paramedic
- Part-Time Paramedic
- Part-Time EMT
Additionally, the following requirements apply based upon the position applied for:
- The candidate be at least 18 years of age
- Must possess High School Diploma or GED
- No felony convictions within the last ten (10) years
- Possess a valid Driver’s License with no serious traffic offenses or DUI convictions within the last five (5) years
- Individuals using marijuana within the last year, or harder drugs within the last 10 years are not eligible for employment.
- Be in good physical condition as determined by Douglas County’s Physical Agility test and a medical examination.
- Full Time Firefighter/EMT: Must be a current Georgia certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT, EMT-I (85), Advanced EMT). (firefighter certification is preferred, but not required)
- Full Time Firefighter/Paramedic: Must be a current Georgia certified paramedic. (firefighter certification is preferred, but not required))
- Part Time EMT or Paramedic:Must hold a current Georgia EMS license at the EMT level or above. (firefighter certification is not required)
- Newly hired full-time employees will have two years from their date of employment to obtain their Georgia Firefighter certification. Douglas County Fire Department has the ability to offer firefighter certification courses in house at our training complex.
New Hire Process for individuals WITH Georgia EMS license:
to access Douglas County Human Resources where job announcements are posted.Submit Application
- You must complete an online
application and upload any necessary certifications; failure to do so may result in disqualification. Paper applications are not
accepted. The online application can be accessed by clicking on the Douglas County Human Resources link provided above.Compliance Verification
- Applications received will be forwarded to Douglas County Fire Department's administrative offices and reviewed for compliance and EMS license verification. Applicants meeting all fire department requirements will then be contacted by the administrative office for further information regarding the testing process.
New Hire Testing Process
Applicants must pass both a written and practical EMS based examination in order to proceed to physical agility testing.Written Exam
The written exam is a comprehensive exam that tests the candidates knowledge at the EMT through Paramedic level. Testing dates are administered periodically throughout the year and candidates are informed of upcoming testing dates after application submission: Physical Agility
The physical agility component is explained in the document provided (top right), and is mirrored after Georgia Firefighter Standard and Training Council's agility testing. Physical agility testing is administered periodically throughout the year and candidates are informed of upcoming physical agility testing dates after application submission.Click HERE
to access Douglas County Physical Agility Requirements.Employment Interview
The interview panel is comprised of the Chief of the Department and members of his Command Staff. Candidates are notified of Command Staff interview dates after submission of their application. Only candidates who successfully pass the written, practical and physical agility will progress to the Command Staff interviews.
A polygraph is required and typically takes about an hour. Polygraphs will be conducted by The Georgia Bureau of Investigation at 3121 Panthersville Road, Decatur, GA 30034.Background Investigation
Background investigations are conducted though GCIC and include a MVR record check. This check will review information available from law enforcement agencies and the Department of Driver Services.
Drug Screen/Medical Physical
Once offered a position of employment, individuals will complete a medical physical to ensure all candidates are fit for firefighter duty. A drug screen is also a component of this medical physical. Individuals using marijuana within the last year, or harder drugs within the last 10 years are not eligible for employment.Orientation
Douglas County Fire Department orientation is performance based and includes introduction to Douglas County Fire Department, standard operating procedures, medical protocols, a driving course, third ride rotations on a transport apparatus, and other important information regarding employment
Fire Recruit School
Fire recruit classes are offered in house at the Douglas County Fire Department Training Complex. Recruit school is 10-12 weeks in length and employees will be placed on a 40 hour work week through the duration of recruit school. All employees are required to obtain their NPQ I certification within 2 years from their date of employment.