Lateral Firefighter - Apparatus Operator/Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

Firefighter/EMT (Basic or Paramedic)
Chatham Emergency Services - Savannah, Georgia

Feb 14, 2021

Application Deadline:
Jun 1, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$37,607-$44,756 annual

Job Description

The Apparatus Operator 1 - Lateral is a trainee-level classification and incumbents are required to successfully complete the entire four (4) week Lateral Academy including physical fitness training sessions / evaluations, and obtain National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) certification of Apparatus Operator Pumper.

Upon successful completion of the Academy, incumbents are promoted to Apparatus Operator 1 an advanced-level fire prevention, suppression, and emergency medical response classification. Under the direction of a Fire Lieutenant, the Apparatus Operator 1 manages assigned fire apparatus, equipment, and station. As an advanced-level classification, the Apparatus Operator 1 supervises assigned subordinate fire department personnel in performing shift duties.

Additional Information

Who should apply: We are searching for experienced firefighters with a passion to make a real difference in the lives of others. Our goal is to cultivate a highly motivated, effective, and diverse workforce to meet the emergency services needs of Chatham County. If you desire to be part of something bigger than yourself then step up to the challenge and apply today...

Salary will be commensurate with years of experience, licenses, and certifications. Starting salary of candidates meeting the minimum requirements is $37,607. After successful completion of CES' four-week Lateral Academy and all Apparatus Operator 1 qualifications, the salary will increase to $41,155. Additional years of paid firefighter experience will receive additional compensation at 0.5% per year up to $44,756.

Please note that once your documents are reviewed for candidate eligibility, you will be contacted by the Human Resources Department to schedule testing:

++Test Information++:

Written Exam Dates: General aptitude online examination is sent to the candidate via email

Physical Agility Test and Interview: TBD

Background checks are completed on all applicants of Chatham Emergency Services.

Immediate disqualifiers are as follows:

Motor Vehicle Reports:

  • DUI / DWI charge with deposition of nolo contender, conviction or plea within the past 3-5 years.

  • Driver license suspensions within the past 3 years (except for Insurance Cancellation)

  • Multiple Speeding Tickets within the past 2 years

  • Multiple accidents within the past 2 years

  • Reckless Driving within the past 2 years

  • Vehicular homicide or hit and run charge/arrest

  • Fleeing or attempting to elude the police charge/arrest

Background Investigations

Applicants must undergo an extensive national background investigation. Applicants are finger-printed and in accordance with the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council (GFSTC), applicants for uniformed firefighting positions must not have:

  • Pending Criminal cases

  • Convictions, nolo contendere or pleas involving sexual offense or Domestic Violence Act offenses

  • Felony convictions and nolo contendere or pleas involving felony arrests (within last 10 years)

  • Multiple misdemeanors within the past 3 years

  • Serious misdemeanor convictions, nolo contendere, or pleas within the past 3 years

  • Criminal Convictions Records within the State of Georgia or nationwide during the past 10 years will be reviewed.

For all non-English speaking candidates, we can assist you per written request. If you need additional resources services send a request to the Human Resources via email ( no later than 7 business days prior to the testing date. During this time, we will provide a written English comprehension examination that test your ability to read and understand English. Upon successful completion of this exam, we will provide you the written examination and/or resources per written request.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 18
  • Education: Minimum: High School --- Preferred: Associates Degree in Fire Related Subject
  • Experience: Minimum of two (2) year as a full time paid front line structural firefighter


*Minimum two (2) years of consecutive full-time service in a career fire department as a front line structural firefighter. Experience must exhibit a consistent pattern of participation, personal and professional growth, and increasing organizational responsibility.

*Class F License (State of Georgia) or other equivalent state license

*Georgia Certified Firefighter (or must obtain within six (6) months of hire date)

*NPQ or IFSAC Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations for First Responders

*NPQ or IFSAC Firefighter 1 and 2

*National Registry Emergency Medical Technician and/or Georgia Emergency Medical Technician

*National Incident Management System (NIMS) 100, 200, 700, 800


*NPQ or IFSAC Apparatus Driver/Operator Pumper

*NPQ or IFSAC Fire Instructor 1

*Associate's Degree in a qualifying field of study related to emergency services)

Contact Information

Keyashden Beasley

Chatham Emergency Services
Savannah, Georgia
phone: 9123541011

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