Entry Level Firefighter

Firefighter/EMT (Basic or Paramedic)
Athens Fire Department - Athens, Texas

Apr 8, 2021


Application Deadline:
May 4, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$40,064 annual

Job Description

NOTICE TO PUBLIC

Entry-Level Fire Fighter Exam

Beginning salary: $40,064

The City of Athens Fire/Rescue will conduct a written entry exam and physical ability test to

create an eligibility list for the position of Fire Fighter on++ Tuesday, May 11, 2021++.

Written Test will begin at 9:00am Report to the site by 8:50am

Location: The Texan: A Landmark Venue

209 E. Tyler Street- PARKING IS LOCATED IN THE BACK

Athens, Tx 75751

The Physical Ability Test will follow at for all candidates who complete the written exam with a

score of 70 or above beginning at 1:00pm.

Location: Athens Central Fire Department 610 S. Prairieville St.

Athens, Tx 75751

Applicants must meet minimum certification requirements as established by the Texas Commission on

Fire Protection as well as score a minimum of 70% of correct answers on the written exam to be on

the eligibility list. The eligibility list created from the exam will be in effect for 1 year

following the date of the exam.

Interested candidates must complete the Application for Probationary Firefighter and the City of

Athens Application for Employment which can be obtained from City Hall, located at 508 E. Tyler

St., Athens, Texas.++ The completed applications must be submitted by returning to City Hall on or ++

++before Tuesday, May 4, 2021 to be eligible to test.++

On exam day, qualified applicants:

• Must provide a DD-214 to provide eligibility for an additional five (5) points of Military

Service Credit (if applicable).

• Must present a valid form of government issued photo ID, such as a current driver’s license.

• May not bring any electronic devices into the testing room. These items are not permitted.

• Must turn in all materials at the end of the testing period. No testing materials may be

removed from the testing facility.

For more information contact the Human Resources Department at 903-677-6612

Additional Information

Minimum Qualifications for Probationary Firefighter for the City of Athens Fire/Rescue

An applicant for fire fighter shall meet the following criteria to be considered for an entry-level

position:

• Achieve a passing score of at least seventy (70) percent on the written examination;

• Successfully complete the physical ability test (described below);

• Pass a thorough background investigation which includes a polygraph examination;

• Successfully complete an oral interview; and

• Successfully complete a post-job offer psychological examination and medical examination that

includes a visual acuity test and physician certification that the applicant is not dependent on

and does not use illegal drugs;

• Be at least eighteen (18) years of age and not more than thirty-five (35) years of age at the

time of the appointment;

• Have a valid Texas driver’s license at the date of hire; (Must be able to obtain a Class B

Driver’s License from the Texas Department of Public Safety within six (6) months of the date of

hire);

• Be a citizen of the United States by birth or naturalization;

• Be able to read, write, and speak the English language;

• Be of good moral character;

• Possess a certification as a basic firefighter, as established by the Texas Commission on

Fire Protection or may become certified at time of appointment. At or before the time of entrance

examination, applicants shall provide either (1) evidence of certification issued by the Texas

Commission on Fire Protection, or (2) evidence of current enrollment in a basic recruit fire

training academy approved by the Texas Commission of Fire Protection; and;

• Possess a certification from the Texas Department of State Health Services (“TDSHS”) as an

EMT-Basic or higher. At or before the time of entrance examination, applicants shall provide either

(1) an EMT Certificate issued by the TDSHS, or (2) evidence of current enrollment in an EMT course

approved by the TDSHS. (This certification will not be allowed to lapse during employment);

• Be a graduate of an accredited High School or have an equivalency certificate.

Physical ability for Athens Fire/Rescue:

All candidates will have to achieve the baseline vitals established by NFPA 1584 guidelines for

clearance to perform the Physical Ability Test.

Blood Pressure: Hear Rate: Pulse

Oximetry:

<160 systolic <100 beats per minute >94 percent

<100 diastolic

Candidates will perform each event while wearing a (firefighter coat - WAIVED), helmet, gloves, and

self-contained breathing apparatus without mask.

Candidates will walk between each station.

Candidates will set down equipment after completing an event. Each Candidate will be allowed 1

minute between each station.

Candidates are encouraged to complete each even regardless of time.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 18-35
  • Education: High School or have an equivalency certificate
  • Experience: Entry Level

Contact Information

Shelly Grogan

Athens Fire Department
610 S. Prairieville
Athens, Texas 75751
phone: 903-677-6646

How to Apply

Interested candidates must complete the Application for Probationary Firefighter and the City of Athens Application for Employment which can be obtained from City Hall, located at 508 E. Tyler St. Athens, Texas, or on the City website, www.athenstx.gov.

Please note the due date for applications: Tuesday May 4th, 2021 by 5:00pm.

The Personal History Statement will need to be turned in after testing.

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