The work of Firefighter involves the prevention, suppression and extinguishment of fires; the inspection of structures; emergency rescue; administration of lifesaving techniques and procedures; and handling of hazardous materials.
Duties of position involve considerable physical exertion under adverse conditions and potential hazard to one's safety.
- Minimum of 18 at time of written examination and not yet 31 years of age at time of appointment.
- Ohio certificate of high school diploma equivalency or high school diploma. Home schooled applicants must obtain and present GED proof prior to the written exam.
- Valid Ohio driver's license prior to appointment.
- Capable of successfully completing an extensive medical examination appropriate to essential class functions.
- Vision screening will be part of the medical exam and will include color vision tests and other relevant visual screenings. Vision requirements must be met in accordance with current NFPA standards. Far visual acuity less than 20/40 binocular, corrected with contact lenses or spectacles. Far visual acuity less than 20/100 binocular for wearers of hard contacts or spectacles, uncorrected. Successful long-term soft contact lens wearers (that is, 6 months without a problem) are not subject to the uncorrected standard.
- Capable of successfully completing a thorough character investigation and verification and a psychological assessment.
- Newly appointed employees must establish residence within Butler County or a contiguous county within 364 days of the effective date of appointment.
The ranking examination consists of a written test. The passing score on the written test is seventy percent (70%). Any applicable credits will be added only to a passing test score (total maximum credit allowable equals 20 points) and include a five (5) point credit for possession of a current and valid certificate awarded by the Ohio Dept. of Safety or other appropriate agency of the State of Ohio attesting to satisfactory completion of a prescribed training program for Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P), a credit of five (5) points for possession of the Ohio Firefighter II Certification, a 5% credit for Spanish-speaking ability and credit for military veteran active service of at least 180 consecutive days with honorable or under honorable conditions discharge. Such credits will be added only upon the presentation of the appropriate documentation before the conclusion of the three-day protest period following the date of the examination.
In addition to the written examination, candidates must also be capable of successfully completing each of the following qualifying test phases:
- A physical condition test that includes simulations of essential firefighter activities.
- A thorough background investigation and character verification by polygraph assessment.
- A psychological evaluation.
- A thorough physical exam administered by a physician not more than 120 days prior to appointment.
- Substance abuse test (drug screen).