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We are now accepting applications

Would you like to be part of our team?

We need members of our community to step up and keep our neighborhoods, property, and citizens safe and improve the quality of life within the community. Be a hero!

You must have:

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Between the ages of 18 – 35 at the time of the Firefighter/Medic test.

Join our highly regarded Fire Department and begin a rewarding career! For questions, call or text the recruiting line today, to speak directly with a Firefighter/Medic Recruiter 330-283-4605. For more information, visit the AFD Homepage.

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We are now accepting applications

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Start a Rewarding Career!

Along side a rewarding career as a Firefighter/Medic we also offer these benefits:

  • Starting salary $61,214.40 annually
  • Cadets will be paid while attending the academy
  • Health Care Plan
  • Skill development
  • Tuition-Free college courses through the City of Akron’s
    Workforce Development Program via Stark State College
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Paid Vacation
  • Sick Leave
  • Retirement pension

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
All new hires are trained to be firefighters and are required to become certified EMTs and Paramedics.
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 35 on the day of the written examination; you must have a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver’s license at time of application and a valid Ohio drivers license at time of hire, with no more than 6 points.
Written Civil Service exam, physical ability test, background investigation, drug screening. After receiving a conditional offer of employment, candidates will be required to take a rigorous medical examination including a vision, cardiovascular stress tests, and Psychological screening. These tests must be passed before you can be appointed to the position of Firefighter/Medic. The vision must be correctable to 20/30 binocular and no more than 20/100 uncorrected in each eye.”
Salary $61,214.40 Annually/$29.43 hourly at the start of the Akron Training Fire Academy.
Firefighter/medics work 24 hours on and 48 hours off. They work 2-3 days a week. That equals out to about 94 days a year. During the three-month fire academy, cadets work 1st shift.
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:
  • Community Services Bureau:
  • Public Education - Fire Safety and Education
  • Inspection - Inspect occupancies for conformance to fire code
  • Fire Investigations – 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
Insurance for employee and eligible dependents, major medical, hospitalization, dental, vision, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, the City contributes toward a retirement plan. Wages and benefits are determined through collective bargaining.
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Note: Candidate preparation for the physical ability should include both aerobic exercise and strength training.

Apply Today and Join Our Team!

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Akron Fire Department Training

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The Akron Fire Department receives the 2016 Star of Life Award

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Akron Fire Protecting the Community

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Akron Fire Department Physical Ability Test

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Note: Candidate preparation for the physical ability should include both aerobic exercise and strength training.