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Pre-Employment Process
All applicants must meet all steps of the application process listed below to be considered for employment:
  • Application Process
    • Submit a complete application form
    • Successful completion of a written test
    • Successful completion of a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
    • Interview
  • Qualifications
    • Eighteen years of age
    • High school diploma, GED/equivalent
    • Good physical condition
    • No felony convictions, repeated traffic or misdemeanor violations / citations
    • Must possess a valid Drivers License
  • Requirements
    • Post-offer medical exam/Physical
    • Pass background checks
    • Drug and alcohol test
    • Proof of citizenship and ability to work in the United States
    • Sign a no tobacco use contract
    • Must be able to report to work within 90 minutes of notification

Written Exam
The firefighter recruit examination is a multiple choice test and is graded as a pass / fail.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
Savannah Fire and Emergency Services has fully implemented the nationally approved CPAT. This is a pass/fail physical test that was designed to simulate the tasks and activities a firefighter would face at an emergency scene. The CPAT is comprised of eight individual “stations” and must be completed in one continuous sequence. All applicants must complete the CPAT at or under 10 minutes and 20 seconds. An instructional booklet is issued to each candidate to assist in their training for the CPAT. All candidates have a two-month period to train and practice the CPAT before the official test date.

Salary & Benefits
  • Starting salary - Starting salaries are disclosed during active recruiting periods.
  • Work Schedule - Working schedule is comprised of one 24 hour shift on, then 48 hours off (24/48).
  • Insurance
    • Major medical with optional family coverage
    • Dental with optional family coverage
    • Life insurance
  • Retirement
    • City pension
    • Available Georgia state firefighter pension
    • Available deferred compensation
  • Education Reimbursement Program - The City of Savannah may reimburse employees (up to $1500 annually) for tuition and books of job related courses.
  • Veteran Status - If you served active military duty for more than 180 days in the U.S. Armed Forces (other than the Reserves or National Guard) and have been honorably discharged, you may be eligible for veterans' preference points.  A candidate must submit a copy of their DD-214 form when submitting their application for employment.

Post-Employment Requirements
  • Basic Training - All non-certified* firefighter trainees must successfully complete our 14 to 16 week recruit training school within the first four months of employment and pass the recruit training. Trainees will work regular day shift (40 hours per week) during recruit training school.  
  • Certification - During basic training, firefighter trainees must successfully pass comprehensive written and skills exams administered through the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council.
  • Re-certification - Firefighters must maintain professional skills through regular training programs and are required to re-certify annually by demonstration of core competencies.
  • Physical Assessments - All firefighters are required to participate in physical fitness training. Fitness assessments are administered twice each year to determine and assist firefighters in maintaining optimum health.

*Certified firefighters may be eligible for abbreviated recruit training.