Fire Department Careers

Starting Salary is $72,208.97 for Firefighter/EMT and $75,820.16 for Firefighter/Paramedic.

You’ve Trained . . . You’ve Prepared . . . Now’s Your Time

The City of Delaware offers top-notch pay, benefits, training and areas of specialization for firefighters, paramedics and EMTs. The Fire Department in the City of Delaware responds to almost 6,000 calls for service every year. Fire and emergency medical services are provided by dedicated and highly-skilled professionals who are working hard to ensure that Delaware remains a safe place to live, work and play. This department is growing as we staff our 4th fire station in 2019 and add new firefighters to the team. Come grow with us!

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
  • Residency requirement upon hire is Delaware County or an adjacent County

Qualify for the Civil Service ListStep 2

  • Go to the National Testing Network to schedule your written exam
  • Up to the 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
  • Polygraph
  • 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.

Jason Rodocker, Fire Lieutenant---

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.

Jim Oberle, Fire Captain---