Our Recruiting Process
Meet the qualificationsStep 1
- Minimum age of 18 & age limit of 40 at time of appointment
- US Citizen or hold a permanent resident card
- High School Grad/GED
- Valid OHIO State Driver's License at time of appointment
- Ohio Firefighter I and II and Ohio EMT-B must be in place (not in process) at the time of application
- Job Description and Disqualifiers: Read here
Qualify for the Civil Service ListStep 2
- Go to the National Testing Network to schedule your written exam
- Top 60 passing NTN scores are invited via e-mail to complete the online application
- Pass the physical agility test (PAT) at scheduled onsite event
- Pass the panel interview with an average score of 70% or higher
- Additional points awarded for college education, military service, and paramedic certification AFTER passing the interview
- Candidate’s total score is ranked on Eligible List for certification by Civil Service
Complete the background Step 3
- Background Assessment/Investigation
- Psychological Indexes
- Psychological evaluation
- Physical/drug screen
Our team is committed to our mission, “Protection through preparedness and response, delivered by the highest trained professionals.” To keep this commitment, the department completes more than 12,000 training hours in areas that include fire suppression, officer development, emergency medical, hazardous materials and technical rescue. We have all the diverse opportunities of a larger city, and all the benefits of a hometown that appreciates the services provided by its emergency first responders.
Our Firefighters Share Their Wisdom
One of the many facets that I regard highly about working for the City of Delaware is the caliber of people the city employs. In particular, the fire department has a rigorous hiring process in which we work side by side with our human resource department to choose the top echelon of candidates. Through this process we have solidified one of the top fire departments in the area.
We share a Brotherhood\Sisterhood amongst firefighters that can only be understood by others (law enforcement, military, and the like) whom work in the environments and situations we do. There is no greater trust, care, passion, understanding, and accountability amongst our co-workers. When we are successful in the outcome of serving a fellow citizen, there is a bond, feeling, and emotional cord shared between us and the citizen in need. Very few words need spoken or could be adequately spoken to the affection of our joint success.