UPPER ARLINGTON FIRE DIVISION
3600 TREMONT RD.
UPPER ARLINGTON, OHIO 43220
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Updated: January 18, 2021
Job Classification: Firefighter/Paramedic
Thank you for considering a career as a Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of Upper Arlington. The Fire Division provides fire-fighting, emergency medical, rescue, and hazardous materials response for the community. There are also a variety of non-emergency programs available to assist the public, including fire prevention, smoke detector service, blood pressure screening, carbon monoxide testing, fire inspections, station and truck tours, and public speaking requests.
The City of Upper Arlington’s is currently building an eligibility list for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic. Testing will be continuous and names will be pulled from the list as vacancies occur in the Fire Division. Candidates with the highest scores will be invited to participate in the next phase of the process. All applicants must register and take the exam through National Testing Network.
Each applicant must receive the minimum score in each section of the test:Reading: 70%Math: 70%Mechanical 65%Human Relations: 75%
Candidates that pass all sections will then be ranked on the combined score with a minimum of 70% required to pass. The combined score is weighted from Human Relations (70%) and Mechanical Reasoning (30%).
Salary Information: $52,924.00 - $83,461.00 (2018 Rate)
Benefits Information: Full benefits (vacation, medical, dental, life insurance)Department Overview: Full time professional fire department providing all emergency response to the City of Upper Arlington, Clinton and Perry Township. Services include fire, rescue, emergency medical transport (paramedic), hazmat and USAR. UAFD also responds throughout the local area through automatic aid agreements.City Information: Upper Arlington is a high quality primarily residential suburb within the Columbus metro area with close proximity to The Ohio State University.Population: 33,000
Requirements & Hiring Process: NOTE: Interested candidates MUST register and take the written exam with National Testing Network (www.nationaltestingnetwork.com).
Those interested in the position of City of Upper Arlington Firefighter/Paramedic must meet a number of basic requirements. These include, but are not limited to the following. The applicant must:
Background Investigation: Those Firefighter/Paramedic candidates who are numerically ranked 1-35 following the written entrance exam and the physical agility test will undergo a thorough background investigation to ensure they are qualified to become a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Upper Arlington.
This process (which takes approximately two months) includes, but is not limited to the steps listed below:
Oral Review Board and Fire Chief’s Interview Phase: The top ranked candidates who have successfully completed all previous phases will participate in an Oral Review Board. The Fire Chief will determine the number of candidates invited to participate in the Oral Review Board. This is typically ten, in accordance with Civil Service Rule 9, B-1 (known as the Rule of 10).
Each candidate will be advised when and where he/she is scheduled to appear in front of the Oral Review Board. An invitation to appear in front of the Oral Review Board will be based upon the candidate’s ranking on the Eligibility List. After receiving an invitation, the candidate MUST successfully complete the Oral Review Board in order to be considered for a position as an Upper Arlington Firefighter/Paramedic.
The Fire Chief selects the members of the Oral Review Board. Those serving on the Oral Review Board are not limited to sworn members of the Fire Division. The results of the Oral Review Board will be forwarded to the Fire Chief, along with the complete background investigation packet. Persons who fail the Oral Review Board will not proceed to the Fire Chief’s interview, and will be removed from the Civil Service List.
Each candidate MUST participate in an interview with the Fire Chief to be eligible for employment.
The Fire Chief will use Civil Service Rule 9, B-1 (known as the Rule of 10) to select a candidate(s) to be given a Conditional Offer of Employment.
Conditional Offer of Employment: Following this conditional offer of employment, the selected individual will:
Basic Training: The candidate MUST successfully complete, or have completed, a basic firefighter training course approved by the Fire Chief. This process is as follows:
All applicants not currently certified as a firefighter will be required to attend and successfully complete the Firefighter Level II course, as designated by the Fire Chief. Should the candidate fail to graduate from the academy with all required certifications for any reason to include but not limited to, academic standards, physical fitness standards, or any violation of honor, his/her employment with the Fire Division will be terminated.
All applicants currently certified as a State of Ohio Firefighter Level II may request to have the required basic training waived by the Fire Chief. This waiver of training will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Fire Chief will consider, but not be limited by, the candidate’s credentials, past work history, recommendations by the background investigator, comments from the Oral Review Board, information obtained during the hiring process, and the interview between the Candidate and the Fire Chief. The decision of the Fire Chief is final.
Additional Information: Once the Civil Service Commission establishes a Firefighter/Paramedic List, the List will remain active for one (1) year. The list can be extended any length of time up to a maximum of one (1) additional year, if requested by the Fire Chief and approved by the Civil Service Commission.
Additional reasons for disqualification of the applicant during any phase of the hiring process or background investigation are listed within the Civil Service Rules [Rule 6-D-1 (a) through (q)]. Any candidate not selected for appointment may reapply for future positions six months from the date last examined.
The application process and written testing procedures fall under the explicit control of the Civil Service Commission. All questions concerning the written testing process should be directed to the Human Resources Office of the City of Upper Arlington at email@example.com.
All questions concerning the Fire Division, policies, and/or procedures of operations, benefits, salaries, job positions, and any other related topics should be directed to the Upper Arlington Fire Division. Applications containing minor omissions will be routinely processed if such deficiencies can be corrected before the interview process.
Please direct all questions regarding testing or testing dates to Customer Support at National Testing Network at 1-855-821-3761. If you have any other questions regarding the hiring process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Upper Arlington is an equal opportunity employer.