The Akron exam will be given Dec. 10th 2007.


If you would like to learn more about becoming a Firefighter/Medic with the City of Akron, attend one of our informational sessions. They will be held at locations throughout the City of Akron on the dates and times listed below.

Representatives from the Akron Fire Department and the Personnel Department will be available to answer questions about the selection, training, and daily routine of a Firefighter/Medic.

Applications will be available and will be accepted during these hours at the locations below. At all other times, applications must be submitted to Suite 130 CitiCenter Building, 146 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio 44308. Application deadline is October 31, 2007.

Saturday, September 22, 2007
9:00 a.m. until noon
Fire Station No. 6
1685 S. Hawkins Avenue

Saturday, September 29, 2007
9:00 a.m. until noon
Fire Station No. 4
25 E. Thornton Street

Saturday, October 6, 2007
9:00 a.m. until noon
Fire Station No. 2
952 E. Exchange Street

Saturday, October 13, 2007
9:00 a.m. until noon
Fire Station No. 5
2460 E. Market Street

Saturday, October 20, 2007
9:00 a.m. until noon
Fire Station No. 9
98 Dodge Avenue

Saturday, October 27, 2007
9:00 a.m. until noon
Fire Station No. 7
541 E. Tallmadge Avenue

Watch this site for additional information. Dates and times may be added.



Frequently Asked Questions:

Why should I become a firefighter/medic?

It is a chance to make a positive impact on your community, to save lives and safeguard property. It is a chance to experience unique challenges with the opportunity for promotion - the pathway to a rewarding career.

You use the title Firefighter/Medic. Can I function as a paramedic only or a firefighter only?

No. All new hires are trained to be firefighters and are required to become certified EMTs and paramedics and maintain their paramedic certification for a minimum of five years or until they are eligible to bid out. All Akron firefighters are trained EMTs.

What qualifications must I have to become a firefighter/medic?

The minimum qualifications that you must have to take the Civil Service Exam are: you must be at least 18 when you participate in the examination and no older than 31 on the first day of the Academy; you must have a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver’s license with no more than 5 points.

How do I go about becoming a firefighter/medic? Where do I start?

Obtain an application from the City of Akron Personnel Department or download one from Complete and return to Suite 130 CitiCenter, 146 South High Street.

What are the steps in the selection process?

Written Civil Service exam, physical ability test, background investigation, drug screening, psychological test, and medical examinations.

What is the salary of a firefighter/medic?

Answer: $43,659.20 - $50,980.80

What are the specific duties of a firefighter/medic?

We don’t just fight fire, although fire suppression and extinguishment of all types of fires that occur, such as structure, automobile, and rubbish are some of the emergency incidents to which we respond. There are also Emergency Medical Services, Water Rescue, T.R.O.T. (Technical Rescue Operations Team), and Hazardous Materials emergencies. The support services divisions are:

Fire Prevention Bureau:
Public Education - Fire Safety and Education
Inspection - Inspect occupancies for conformance to fire code
Arson – Investigate cause and origin of fires that cause loss of life, injury, or damage to property.
Hazardous Materials Bureau – Enforces regulations or storage and use of hazardous materials. Mitigates hazardous incidents.
Training Bureau – Provides high level of training at entry level and ongoing training of personnel in all areas of fire suppression.
EMS Bureau – EMT training and ongoing training of all emergency medical technicians and paramedics

How long does training last?

New recruit class is approximately 12 weeks. Apprenticeship program is 3 ˝ years. EMT training is 130 hours. Paramedic school is one year with continuing education requirements to maintain certification. Ongoing training is required in all aspects of the duties of a firefighter/medic’s career.

What are employee benefits?

Insurance for employee and eligible dependents, major medical, hospitalization, dental, vision, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, retirement pension. Wages and benefits are determined through collective bargaining.

Note: Candidate preparation for the physical ability test (6k pdf) should include both aerobic exercise and strength training.

Don McNea Fire School will be conducting Preparatory classes for this exam.

If you would like to be informed when our classes will be held you can e-mail your name and address to the e-mail below.