2013 Akron Fire Exam
Wanted: Akron Police Officers and Firefighters City to Administer Police and Fire Entrance Examinations
Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The City of Akron will be administering police and fire examinations with the intent to hire approximately 40 new police officers and approximately 38 new firefighters.
The City recently received a $1.5 million COPS grant from a new federal program developed to promote the hiring of recent U.S. military veterans. This COPS grant is for the purpose of hiring of 12 veterans, over and above Akron’s budgeted strength of 447. Veteran officers hired with COPS funds must have served at least 180 days of active military service, any part of which occurred on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
The last police entrance examination was given in 2008, with 17 new officers hired this year from that test. Four more officers will be taking the oath of office in the next two weeks.
"The COPS grant provides the impetus to move our police force to budgeted strength and beyond," said Mayor Plusquellic. “These jobs are tough and dangerous, but also incredibly rewarding and I am encouraging those eligible to apply for these important positions.”
Among the qualifications candidates must meet:
• 21-31 years old for police; 18-31 years
old for fire
• Accredited high school or vocational
school graduation or equivalent
• Physical and medical standards
• Valid Ohio driver’s license
The City previously received a $6.5 million 2011 SAFER grant, which provided for the retention of the 36 firefighters (remaining of the original 38) who were laid off because of the national economic downturn in 2009 and then brought back with a 2009 SAFER award. SAFER grants are designed to provide funding directly to fire departments to help them increase the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities. The City has also applied for additional SAFER funding to hire 38 new firefighters. This could bring Akron’s force up to 363.
Candidates for each must also pass a written test, physical skills test, medical and psychological tests, background investigation and a polygraph examination.
The City of Akron also awards bonus points for those recruits who meet a residency requirement (up to 20 percent ), and who served in the armed forces of the United States and were honorably discharged (up to 20 percent ). Other preference points are also available for college credit and firefighter certifications, but cannot exceed the maximum 40 percent .
The City’s generous benefits package offers comprehensive medical insurance, life insurance at no cost, paid vacation time, sick leave and 14 paid holidays.
“Our citizens have made an exceptionally generous commitment to protect not only those who protect us, but their families as well, by providing a wide range of valuable benefits," noted Mayor Plusquellic. “I encourage our residents who meet the qualifications to take the test so that they may join our highly regarded Fire Department and enjoy a rewarding career.”
Men and women interested in applying to take the police examination should call 330-375- 2720 for more information.
Don McNea Fire School will be conducting a prep class for the 2013 Akron Fire Exam. Keep checking our web site at www.fireprep.com for details in the next 30 days.
Assistant Chief Brent Collins, Cleveland Fire Dept.
Firehouse.com Entry Level Contributor Author since 2002
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40% Bonus Points?!?! Jesus....
Excited to hear this, guessing they train you to EMT-B certs. Also I'm assuming if you are EMT-B you are working the bus once in a while.
All Akron firefighters must be able to function at the paramedic level. The department does not require any prior training or certification. AFD will provide EMT-B training during fire academy. Once cadets have graduated from academy, they are given, I believe, 2 years to obtain their paramedic cert. This training is paid for by the department as part of some partnership with one of the local hospitals that offers a paramedic course.
Originally Posted by DJ_Reverse
And yes, you will work the box as a basic while in paramedic school. And you wil continue to work the box as a medic once you get your EMT-P cert. The extent to which you work the med unit depends on where you are stationed - but chances are probable that you will be assigned to EMS duty periodically (or regularly) throughout employment at AFD.
Firejawz, thanks for the heads up. Now that I know this, I won't be applying but to all who are, best of luck. Akron has great history for such a "hidden" city.
I know a couple guys who haven't been off the medic in years. Once you get your medic, you will be put on EMS duty every shift.
If you are a resident and a veteran you pretty much have this job wrapped up. Crazy they give 20% for a resident and only 3 percent for a college degree and 7 percent for Medic. Makes no sense to me.
Below you find information on registering for the exam.
CITY OF AKRON
invites applications for the position of:
SALARY: $47,846.40 - $55,473.60 Annually
OPENING DATE: 11/09/12
CLOSING DATE: 12/21/12 11:59 PM
This is general duty firefighting, rescue, salvage, fire prevention, and paramedic work.
An employee in this class serves as a member of a fire/medical company responsible for acting at fires, medical, and other emergencies to protect and preserve life and property through the use of a wide variety of skilled manual, mechanical, and basic and advanced life support techniques.
Appointment is the first day of paid employment. Depending on existing circumstances of the City of Akron, candidates may be required to:
1. Attend an outside accredited fire academy paid for by the City of Akron
on their own time without pay before appointment or;
2. Attend an accredited fire academy put on by the City of Akron on their own time
without pay before appointment or;
3. Attend the Akron Fire Academy training after appointment and receive a
AFTER APPOINTMENT, newly hired candidates will receive a training wage of $15.00 per hour. Upon successful completion of all required academy training and securing necessary certifications, the training wage will increase to at least $22.83 per hour. Failure to complete the required training and/or acquire the required certifications will result in disqualification for the position or termination.
Graduation from an accredited high school or G.E.D. Candidate must be within the age 18 years through 31 years at the time of the written examination. Must pass a thorough background investigation which includes, in part, a review of criminal history. Felony convictions are disqualifying and individuals cannot currently be on probation or parole. Candidate must have the ability to safely perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. Candidate must meet current National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) medical standards, which include vision and hearing requirements. NFPA vision standards include, but are not limited to: Minimum visual acuity uncorrected - 20/100 using both eyes; corrected visual acuity with contact lenses or glasses - 20/40; binocular vision; and color perception. Possession of a valid Ohio operator's license, free of revocation or suspension. Candidate must meet established physical agility standards.
Ability to learn a wide variety of firefighting and paramedic duties and methods, including the inspection and operation of specialized apparatus, equipment, and tools. Ability to acquire a knowledge of the street system and physical layout of the City response areas. Ability to climb ladders and work at considerable heights. Ability to work effectively under conditions which involve varying degrees of emotional and physical stress. Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions. Mechanical aptitude, mature judgment, and emotional stability. Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment under emergency conditions. Ability to successfully complete accredited Firefighter I & II, EMT-Basic, and EMT-Paramedic training programs and meet all the requirements to secure certifications. Ability to speak clearly and distinctly. Ability to prepare brief reports accurately, legibly, and concisely.
COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION PROCESS:
The written examination is planned for late January, early February of 2013. Specific dates, times and location will be announced.
The selection process will consist of written tests, a physical ability test, and an extensive background investigation. Applicants may be disqualified or may be terminated after appointment for providing false or incomplete information during any phase of the selection process. Final appointment is contingent upon the candidate passing a comprehensive medical examination and psychological evaluation.
Candidates who pass the written examination may be eligible for bonus credits. However, bonus credit cannot exceed a total of 40% of the candidate’s passing written examination grade. All bonus credits awarded will be verified.
RESIDENCY: Candidates who have been resident citizens within the corporate limits of the City of Akron continuously for at least one year immediately prior to the date of examination and who remain resident citizens of the City of Akron throughout the remainder of the selection process will have a 20% residency bonus added to their passing grade.
VETERANS: Candidates who have served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States of America for more than one hundred eighty (180) days, other than for training purposes, and submit proof of being honorably discharged from active duty will have a bonus of 20% added to their passing grade. Proof of honorable discharge and dates served must be submitted with the completed application or at the written examination.
EDUCATION: A candidate who has successfully completed 32 semester hours or 48 quarter hours at an accredited college may be awarded an education credit of 3% of his/her passing written examination grade. Candidates must submit proof of college course work in the form of degrees, official transcripts or certificates with their completed applications or at the written examination.
CERTIFIED EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS – Candidates must submit proof of their EMT-B (basic) or their EMT-P (paramedic) certification with their completed applications or at the written examination in order to receive bonus points. Candidates certified EMT-B by the State of Ohio or out-of-state with National Registry may have a 2% bonus added to their passing grade. Candidates who are certified EMT-P by the State of Ohio or out-of-state with National Registry may have a 7% bonus added to their passing grade.
**NOTE: See supplemental questionnaire for methods of submitting the above documentation.
DRIVER’S LICENSE: Candidates must possess a valid Ohio Driver's license before appointment, free of revocation or suspension. An applicant having a valid driver's license from another state will be accepted conditionally provided that, if selected, an Ohio driver's license must be obtained prior to appointment. Candidates having six or more points on their driving record at the time of appointment will be disqualified from further consideration.
Candidates must meet all minimum qualifications and requirements listed in this announcement and must pass all components of the selection process to be considered for full-time appointments as probationary Firefighter/Medics.
NOTE: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CHECKING YOUR APPLICATION STATUS THROUGHOUT THE STEPS IN THE SELECTION PROCESS BY VIEWING YOUR GOVERNMENTJOBS.COM ACCOUNT. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR ARE UNABLE TO CHECK YOUR STATUS ON LINE, YOU MAY CALL THE PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT AT 330-375-2720.
An Equal Opportunity Employer
An Equal Opportunity Employer
College transcripts must be attached to your application in order to receive credit or determine eligibility for positions requiring education. Mail any required documentation to our office.
APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:
Suite 130 CitiCenter Building
146 S. High Street
Akron, OH 44308
Firefighter/Medic Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. Did you graduate from high school or do you have a GED certificate?
* 2. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 31 at the time of the written examination. What is your full date of birth?
* 3. Do you possess a valid driver's license?
* 4. For the purpose of verifying my eligibility for positions requiring a valid driver's license, I authorize the City of Akron to obtain a consumer report from OPENonline to investigate my driving history for traffic violations and suspensions. I understand that I have a right to request disclosure of this consumer report under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. View or print a summary of your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act at: http://www.akronohio.gov/person.html. Copies of the summary are also available from the City of Akron Personnel Department at 330-375-2720.
I do not consent (I understand that I will not be considered for positions requiring a valid State of Ohio driver's license)
* 5. In order to be awarded bonus credit for courses completed at an accredited college or university, you must submit a copy of your official transcripts or degree. Will you be submitting or attaching your college transcripts or copy of your degree? If yes, scan and attach a copy of your official transcripts to your application, bring them to the written examination, hand deliver or mail them to Suite 130, CitiCenter Building 146 South High Street, or email them to email@example.com.
6. In order to receive bonus credit for EMT or Paramedic certifications, you must provide proof by submitting a copy of your certification. Scan and attach the certifications to your application, bring them to the written examination, hand deliver or mail them to Suite 130, CitiCenter Building, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Are you a certified Paramedic or EMT?
* Required Question
Any details on the prep class yet?
Got a buddy in the process for AFD but he's confused with what spot he's in. He call and some lady told him he's "20something with 54 people ahead of him". I'm not going to say what number exactly but either way how can you be 20something with 54 people ahead of you???
Also he heard anywhere from 40 to 38 hired soon
My buddy took the test and he's 138 with over 1000 people a head of him lol...multiple people occupy the same spot if that makes sense...such as your friend is number 20 but so are three other people...does that make sense? Akron's list is interesting to say the least.
Interesting is a good way to put it.