Cobb County Fire Department
Cobb County Fire Employment Information Page

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Find out why the fire service is one of the best career choices you can make.

Employment Opportunities
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Starting Salary:

Salary Grade:

Eligible for health and dental coverage, retirement plan, life insurance, long term disability insurance, deferred compensation, ten paid holidays per year, ten days of vacation per year after 12 months, and thirteen days sick leave per year.

Nonexempt (Eligible for overtime)

24 hours on duty / 48 hours off duty

Essential Functions:
  • Performs work in controlling and extinguishing fires
  • Performs first aid and emergency rescue and medical treatment at the emergency scene
  • Responds to and performs duties as assigned, at accidents. disasters. emergency rescues, searches, and any other emergency situation.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

  • Minimum Qualifications: 

  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
  • Must be 18 years of age on or before test date
  • Must have a valid Drivers License
  • No Felony Convictions
  • Must successfully complete the following:
  •   * Written entry level test
      * In-depth background investigations
      * Physical agility test
      * Polygraph examination
      * Psychological examination and drug screen
      * Medical examination and drug screen
      * Oral interviews

    Additional Benefits Available to Firefighters:

  • State of Georgia Firefighters' Pension Fund
  • Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services Death Benefit Fund
  • Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services Flower Fund
  • Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services Benevolent Fund


    A candidate must pass each step during the process before progressing to the next. A candidate visits the web site to submit an online application to Cobb County Human Resources. Cobb County Public Safety Internal Affairs Division screens each application to determine if there are items on the application that would disqualify a candidate from the written test.
    1. The Written Test

             The written test is a Civil Service entrance exam that is administered by the Cobb County Human Resources Department.

    2. Physical Abilities Test

             The physical agility test is conducted by the Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services training division. The test consists of 11 stations that measure the candidate's ability to perform the tasks in a given amount of time. Dress for the test consists of sweat shirt and jeans. Each station of the test is outlined below. Click "Are You Ready" for a video of the test.

    Station #1 - The Dry Hose Advance

    The male end of an uncharged 3-inch line will be moved forward for the distance of 100 feet.

    Station #2 - The Hose Couple

    The candidate will couple the male and female ends of sections of two 3-inch hoses.

    Station #3 - Equipment Carry/Stair Climb/Forced Entry

    The candidate will pick up and carry a power saw to the fourth story of the Cobb County Fire Training Tower. Two simulated cuts will be made by placing the blade of the saw onto a plywood sheet at a height of 5 feet and moving the saw in a downward direction while maintaining contact with the board during each simulated cut. The saw will then be carried down to the starting position. When ascending and descending stairs, the candidate must step on every stair. The saw may not be rested on the floor or ground during the entire task.

    Station #4 - The Line Crawl

    The candidate will go to the third floor of the Cobb County Fire Training Tower and enter the attic area. On hands and knees in a crawling position, the candidate will grasp a rope with one hand (this hand must maintain contact with the rope) and advance a 1.75- inch section of rolled hose a distance of 35 feet. Candidate will then turn around and grasp the rope with the opposite hand and advance a 1.75- inch section of rolled hose a distance of 35 feet returning to the starting point, placing the hose in the outlined area.

    Station #5 - Victim Rescue

    An anatomically correct mannequin weighing 140 pounds is placed on the ground in a supine position. The candidate will move the victim a distance of 100 feet.

    Station #6 - Ladder Carry & Mount

    The candidate will remove a roof ladder from ladder mounts and carries it a distance of 85 feet and place it on the ground in a designated area. The candidate will raise and lower a 24 foot extension ladder that is secured in an upright position. The fly section on the extension ladder should be extended fully and retracted without losing control. Candidate will pick up the roof ladder and return it to its original site, placing it on the ground beneath the ladder mounts.

    Station #7 - The Charged Hose Advance

    The Candidate will pick up the nozzle end of a fully charged 1.75 inch hose and pull it through the ground level of the Cobb County Fire Training Tower where some obstacles will be encountered. The nozzle must clear the door on the opposite side of the tower to accomplish the task.

    Station #8 - Hydraulic Tool

    The candidate will pick up the hydraulic spreader tool from a platform and carry it a distance of 25 feet to a designated area. The tool will then be held with the tip placed in a notch in the top of the sawhorse, maintaining contact for a total of 30 seconds. The candidate will then return the tool to the platform. Once the tool is picked up, it may not be set down until the completion of the task.

    Station #9 - Pike Pole

    The candidate will remove a pike pole from its mounting bracket, stand within the boundary established by the equipment frame, and place the tip of the pole on the painted area of the hinged door in the ceiling. The candidate must fully push up the 60 pound hinged door in the ceiling with the pike pole 3 times. Then, the candidate will hook the pike pole to the 80 pound ceiling device and pull the pole down five times. Each set consists of three pushes and five pulls. This set must be repeated 4 times.

    Station #10 - Hose Uncouple

    The candidate will uncouple the male and female ends of two 3-inch hoses.

    Station #11 - Hose Roll

    The candidate will roll a 3-inch section of rolled hose, four 50 foot laps for a total of 200 feet. Advance hose using a hand more than hand motion while straddling the hose.

    3.The Background Check

    All potential employees of the Cobb County Public Safety Department must undergo a complete background check. The investigation checks for criminal history, DUI's, a pattern of traffic violations, excessive number of terminations from previous employers, financial status, and drug use, possession or distribution.
    4. Interview with Firefighter Oral Board

    5. Interview with Internal Affairs

    6.The Polygraph

    A polygraph test is given. The test consist of a variety of questions and is designed to verify the statements given by you in any of the previous steps.

    7. Physical Exam

    The physical exam is completed by a physician to determine whether you are able to perform the functions that may be required of you while employed with the Cobb County Fire.

    8.Psychological Exam

    9.Final Interview

    More than 1000 individuals have become proud members of the Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services. We select only the best to join our department. We look forward to having you join our team. 


    After the hiring process recruits are thoroughly trained in the Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician Recruit School.