Frequently Asked Questions

  When is the next written examination?

When is the next written examination?

The next written exam is Saturday, April 22, 2017.
To register for the exam and receive further details, please apply online at
https://goo.gl/HVlG1l
March 1 – March 31, 2017

  Can I take the entrance examination more than once?

Can I take the entrance examination more than once?

As long as you meet the basic requirements, you may take the entrance examination more than once.

  Do I have to take a polygraph?

Do I have to take a polygraph?

As part of its application process for the position of Firefighter/EMT, the City of Marietta does require a polygraph test.

  What are the age requirements?

What are the age requirements?

Applicants for the position of Firefighter/EMT for the City of Marietta must be 18 years old at date of hire.

  What level of education is required to be a firefighter?

What level of education is required to be a firefighter?

Applicants for the position of Firefighter/EMT for the City of Marietta must have a high school diploma or GED certificate.

  Do I get any extra points for a college degree or college credits?

Do I get any extra points for a college degree or college credits?

A college degree is not required to apply for the position of Firefighter/EMT for the City of Marietta; however, college course work in fire science, fire technology or public administration can improve your performance on the written test and in the oral interview, and may serve you well in future promotional assessments.

  Is a Fire Fighter I/II and NREMT certification required to apply?

Is a Fire Fighter I/II and NREMT certification required to apply?

The City of Marietta does not require either certification at the time of application.

  If my NREMT certification status is inactive, can I still apply?

If my NREMT certification status is inactive, can I still apply?

Yes.

  Do I have to have a driver's license to be a Firefighter/EMT?

Do I have to have a driver's license to be a Firefighter/EMT?

Yes, you must obtain and maintain a valid State of Georgia driver's license.

  Can I transfer from another fire service to the Marietta Fire Department without having to take the test?

Can I transfer from another fire service to the Marietta Fire Department without having to take the test?

No. Like all departments, Marietta has specific methods of carrying out strategies and tactics. Even if a person has prior fire experience, he or she will need to learn these methods.

  How long will it take from the time I apply to the time I will go on shift in the event that I make it through the entire process?

How long will it take from the time I apply to the time I will go on shift in the event that I make it through the entire process?

The recruiting/application period can last up to 3 months. MFD's Fire School lasts approximately 13 weeks and EMT school lasts about 10 weeks.

  How many firefighters get hired by the Marietta Fire Department?

How many firefighters get hired by the Marietta Fire Department?

The City of Marietta traditionally opens the application period for Firefighter/EMT once a year. In the last decade, the average number hired annually has been approximately 10.

  How can I get more information?

How can I get more information?

If you are unable to find the information you seek on this site, you may phone our Human Resources Department at 770.794.5562.

 

  Does the City of Marietta provide medical support to its firefighters?

Does the City of Marietta provide medical support to its firefighters?

Yes.

  I've been reading a lot about the fitness requirements for the City of Marietta. Will I have time to work out once I go on shift?

I've been reading a lot about the fitness requirements for the City of Marietta. Will I have time to work out once I go on shift?

It is the decision of the company officer to determine the availability of time for his or her crew to perform physical fitness training. Each station is equipped with a variety of fitness equipment that will support a number of different types of fitness training.

  What is CrossFit?

What is CrossFit?

A well-balanced Firefighter uses coordination and control when performing firefighting activities. As athletes have specific movements that they must train to perform, so must Firefighters if they wish to perform well and without injury. The City of Marietta Fire Department has adopted CrossFit (www.crossfit.com) as its main workout program.

CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program, but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains: Cardio-respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy (CrossFit Foundations, 2002).

 

  What is the work schedule like?

What is the work schedule like?

The fire suppression staff is scheduled for duty from 0800 to 0800 and works a 24-hour on/48-hour off schedule. The administrative staff works 8-hour days in a 40-hour work week.

  Do firefighters have to stay at the fire station when on duty?

Do firefighters have to stay at the fire station when on duty?

Throughout their shift crews will test hydrants, hoses, do preplans and business inspections in their first-due territory. All activities originate from the crew's station, and crewmembers remain there until their shift is complete at 0800 hours.

  What do Firefighters do for meals?

What do Firefighters do for meals?

Firefighters are responsible for providing their own meals while on duty. All Marietta firestations have a kitchen with the usual appliances, so many crews plan meals together and pitch in money for group meals.

  Can Firefighters sleep while on duty?

Can Firefighters sleep while on duty?

The men and women assigned to suppression have semi-private or private sleeping accommodations at their assigned station. Firefighters are responsible for providing and maintaining sleeping linens. There are strict rules that regulate where and when Firefighters may sleep.

  Can I wash my station uniform at the station so that I don't take home unwanted contaminates?

Can I wash my station uniform at the station so that I don't take home unwanted contaminates?

All Marietta firestations have a washer and dryer for personnel to launder station uniforms and workout gear. Additionally, Firefighters have access to a commercial washer and dryer to decontaminate soiled bunker gear.

 

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