Fire · Athens, Ohio
Department Fire
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level


The City of Athens is accepting applications for Firefighter to establish an eligibility list. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and under the age of 41 by the date of hire. The starting salary is $51,771.09, plus employees enjoy a generous benefits package such as paid holidays, sick leave, vacation time, a comprehensive health insurance plan (including but not limited to prescription, vision, dental, and life insurance), public employee pension match, education incentives, and a fitness center membership. This is a bargaining unit position. An extensive testing process includes a written Civil Service Exam, physical agility test, interviews, complete background investigation, polygraph test, and post-offer medical and psychological exams. Preference may be given to applicants who have a current Ohio Basic and Advanced Fire certification and/or college degree in fire science, or related field.


A Civil Service Exam will be administered on Friday, April 14th, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. at the Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St., Athens Ohio. Applicants must show a valid, government issued Picture ID for entry to the test. Applicants must achieve a minimum passing score of 70% on the exam. To be eligible for military credit, a copy of the DD-214 showing honorable discharge must be submitted with the application packet. National Guard members, who have completed basic training, are eligible for a 15% bonus added to a passing score. Military credit is only applied to a passing score and only one form of military credit can be used. An excellent driving record is mandatory.

Those who pass the written exam will be scheduled to participate in the Physical Agilities Test on Saturday, April 15th, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.


Job description and application instructions are available online and in the application packet. General inquiries may be sent to Human Resources via e-mail at Interested applicants may obtain an application packet at the Mayor's Office, City Bldg., 8 E. Washington St., Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm, at the Athens Fire Department Headquarters at 61 Columbus Rd., at the Athens Fire Department Station 2 at 454 Richland Ave., or via the website at

Application materials must be received in the Mayor's Office by Wednesday, April 12th, 2023 at 4 p.m. An application can be mailed if needed, but must be postmarked before Monday, April 10th, 2023. The City reserves the right to recruit additional applicants if an insufficient number are received. The City of Athens encourages applications from women, veterans, and minorities.


The City of Athens, OH is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The City of Athens, OH understands the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and has taken many precautions to slow the spread of the virus. Facemasks and social distancing requirements are enforced. We must all do our part to minimize risk, but even with our best efforts, there is no guarantee that you can avoid exposure to COVID-19. New hires are required to have the COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccination exemption requests must be submitted to the Human Resources Director and be dated, signed by the requestor, and notarized.


A background check is required prior to position offer.


***Please note exam information: No further notice will be given for the Civil Service Exam. Report for the exam by 5:45 p.m. on Friday, April 14th, 2023. The exam will be held at the Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St., Athens Ohio.

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