Hiring Process / Recruit Academy

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. 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 accepted.

  • Douglas County Employment opportunities within the fire service include:
  • Full-Time Firefighter / Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Full-Time Firefighter/Paramedic
  • Part-Time EMT
  • Part-Time Paramedic

Requirements for All Positions

The candidate be at least 18 years of age

  • Be in good physical condition as determined by Douglas County’s Physical Agility test and a medical examination
  • Individuals using marijuana within the last year, or harder drugs within the last 10 years are not eligible for employment
  • Must possess High School Diploma or General Education Development Diploma
  • 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 5 years

Position-Specific Requirements

Additionally, the following requirements apply based upon the position applied for:

  • 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.

About Positions

  • Benefits include health and dental coverage, defined benefit pension plan, life insurance and more.
  • Non-exempt employees are eligible for overtime.
  • Shifts are rotated on a 24 hour on duty/48 hour off duty schedule and staff assignments include positions on an ambulance, engine, truck or heavy rescue.
  • Starting salary for entry level position with certification or EMS license is $36,142 to 41,839 per year.

New Hires

New Hire Process for Individuals with Georgia EMS License

Access Douglas County Human Resources where job announcements are posted.

  1. 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. Access Douglas County Human Resources for the online application.
  2. 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.

Testing Process

Applicants must pass both a written and practical EMS based examination in order to proceed to physical agility testing.

  1. 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:
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 to 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 National Professional Qualifications I certification within 2 years from their date of employment.