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Hiring Process / Recruit Academy

Contact: Douglas County Fire Department Training Division

Phone: 770-942-8626 - Fax: 770-920-7153

firedept@co.douglas.ga.us



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 o nly 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. Paper applications are not accepted.

Douglas County Employment opportunities within the fire service include:
  • Full-Time Firefighter/EMTI/AEMT
  • Full-Time Firefighter/Paramedic
  • Part-Time Paramedic
  • Part-Time EMTI/AEMT


Requirements for Employment:All EMS/Fire positions require the candidate be at least 21 years of age, have 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 as well as be in good physical condition as determined by Douglas County’s Physical Agility and a medical examination.

Additionally, the following requirements apply based upon the position applied for:
  • Full Time Firefighter/EMT-Recruit: Must possess a High School Diploma or equivalent. (firefighter certification is preferred, but not required)
  • Full Time Firefighter/EMT-Intermediate or Advanced: Must be a current Georgia certified Emergency Medical Technician. (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 EMTI/AEMT/Paramedic:Must hold a current Georgia EMS license at the EMTI level or above. (firefighter certification is not required)


Note- Newly hired 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: Applications are generally accepted throughout the year and open position status can be viewed by accessing the Douglas County Human Resources.
Submit Application - You must complete an online application and upload any necessary certifications. 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 completeness. Applicants meeting all fire department requirements will then be contacted by the administrative office for further information regarding the testing process.
New Hire Testing - Applicants will be notified when the next available new hire testing date is available. Applicants must pass both a written and practical EMS based examination.
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.
Polygraph - 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.
Criminal Background Investigation - Background investigations are run though GCIC and include a MVR record check. This check will review information available from law enforcement agencies and the Department of Driver Services.
Employment Interview - The interview panel is comprised of the Chief of the department, Deputy Chief, Fire Marshall, Chief Investigator, and the Division Chiefs of Field Operations.
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 3 years, 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.

New Hire Process for individuals WITHOUT Georgia EMS license:
Submit Application During Application Window: You must complete an online application and upload any necessary certifications. Paper applications are not accepted. The online application can be accessed by clicking HERE.
Accuplacer Exam: Applicants will need to complete the Accuplacer exam. The Accuplacer exam is offered at most technical colleges. Accuplacer exam results dated on or after 5/01/2017 will be accepted. Candidates will need to complete the following areas: Reading and Comprehension, Sentence Skills and Arithmetic. Submit Accuplacer exam results to:
  • Fax to 770-920-7153. Attn: Courtney Eubanks. (Originals will be required during your interview process).
  • E-mail ceubanks@co.douglas.ga.us
  • or mail to: Douglas County Fire Department 12501 Veterans Memorial Highway Douglasville, GA 30134
  • or hand delivered
Physical Agility Testing.All components will be demonstrated during the applicants testing time slot and a release of liability form must be completed. Additional information can be found under "downloadable documents". Components of the physical agility requirements include:
  • Stair Climb
  • Ladder Extension
  • Ventilation Exercise
  • Hose Advance
  • Rescue Drag
  • Ladder Removal/Replacement
  • Pipe Crawl
Preliminary Interviews with training staff, background check completion and applicant ranking. Applicants will attend an informal interview process with members of the training staff and a command officer
Oral interviews with command staff.The applicant will participate in an oral interview with members of the command staff. Individuals will be contacted after all interviews are conducted for those moving through to the polygraph process. In addition to the previous steps, background check information, previous employment history and references will also be reviewed.
Background Check.A background check will be conducted following the interview process. Background investigations are run though GCIC and include a MVR record check. This check will review information available from law enforcement agencies and the Department of Driver Services
Polygraphs.Polygraphs will be conducted by The Georgia Bureau of Investigation at 3121 Panthersville Road, Decatur, GA 30034.
Job Offer. Job Offers will be made to the top ranking applicants based upon the results of the hiring process.
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 3 years, or harder drugs within the last 10 years are not eligible for employment.



EMS RECRUIT ACADEMY
** Applicants who are offered a Firefighter/EMT Recruit position with the Douglas County Fire Department will be required to sign an "Agreement for Reimbursement". This agreement will include the applicant's agreement to work a minimum of two (2) years with Douglas County Fire Department. ** A copy of this agreement can be requested by emailing mmahaney@co.douglas.ga.us. Applicants who are offered a conditional job offer from Douglas County Fire Department will begin the recruit academy. The recruit academy will begin with a Georgia Department of Public Health ("GDPH") approved EMT/AEMT program. After successful course completion, newly hired employees will be able to start field operations pending the next Douglas County Fire Department Fire Recruit Class (traditionally offered in fall and spring).

Click HERE to see previous Douglas County Fire Department Recruit Classes.



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.




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