Join Columbia Fire & Rescue


Three Firefighters in Front of a Fire TruckEligibility Requirements for Firefighter:

  •  Be at least 18 years of age at time of testing.
  •  Have a high school diploma or GED
  •  Have a valid Tennessee driver’s license
  •  Obtain a Tennessee State EMT License within 6 months of hire date (you must possess and maintain this license as condition of continued employment)
  • Complete physical agility course, background check, drug screen and physical

The New Hire Testing Process for Firefighter Recruits Includes:

  • Entry-level written test
  • Fitness evaluation- Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
  • Series of oral interview panels

Examples of Duties:

  • Responds to fire and emergency calls as a member of a fire company.
  • Lays hose, carries and sets up ladders, and uses fire equipment to extinguish fires and make rescues.
  • Administers first aid.
  • Participates in fire prevention inspections.
  • Participates in drills and training activities.
  • Cleans and maintains fire vehicles, apparatus, and equipment.
  • Maintains fire station and grounds.
  • Operates department non-emergency vehicles, and when required, drives and operates fire vehicles, apparatus, and equipment.
  • Participates in public education programs and community risk reduction events.
  • Administers First Aid and CPR.
  • Participates in Department workout programs.
  • Maintains 240 annual training hours.

How to Apply:

Applications for firefighters are accepted online when openings become available. Once your application has been submitted you will be contacted via email. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin. 

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