Hiring Process / Recruit Academy - Non Certified AND Certified
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.
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/EMT Recruit
- 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
Additionally, the following requirements apply based upon the position applied for:
- Full Time Firefighter/EMT Recruit: No additional requirements
- 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 one year 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.
- 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 Hire Process for Individuals with Georgia EMS License
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. Access Douglas County Human Resources for the online application.
- 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.
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
EMT Recruit School
EMT recruit classes are offered in house at Douglas County Fire Department Headquarters. Recruit school is 14-15 weeks in length and employees will be placed on a 40 hour work week through the duration of EMT recruit school. All employees are required to obtain their Emergency Medical Technician certification.
Fire Recruit School
Fire recruit classes are offered in house at the Douglas County Fire Department Training Complex. Recruit school is 7 to 10 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 (NPQ certification) within 1 year from their date of employment.