How does a person become a Greenville Firefighter?
The City of Greenville establishes an eligibility list for the position of Career Firefighter through a Civil Service selection process.

Step1: Application
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a United States citizen, possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license, and possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. (at time of appointment). The Greenville Civil Service Commission will notify applicants of the time and place to report for your examinations.

Step 2: (Phase 1) Written Exam (Phase 2) Physical Capability Testing
The initial testing will be conducted under the direction of the Greenville Municipal Civil Service Commission. Those applicants who score sufficiently high enough will proceed to the next level.

Step 3: Background Investigation
A Personal History Questionnaire will be required from each candidate. Candidates also will sign waivers allowing the Background Officer to conduct an extensive background investigation. At this time, the candidate must submit a high school diploma or G.E.D.

Step 4: Oral Interview
The candidate will be required to go before an Oral Interview Board consisting of Fire Department and Human Resources representatives.

Step 5: Medical/Stress Evaluation
This step will involve a physical examination including vision and cardiovascular stress tests. Candidates must be free of dependence and addiction to narcotics, alcohol or other controlled substances.

Step 6: Appointment
Firefighter candidate names will be submitted to the Safety/Service Director for final selection and appointment to the Greenville Fire Department. Fire candidates will be notified by letter of an appointment date to report to the Fire Department. Fire recruits will be required to successfully complete approximately three months of paid training when they enter the Greenville Fire Department. All trainees will be required to successfully complete a six month probation period from date of fire training certification.

Auxiliary Firefighter:
The Greenville Fire Department also maintains a small force of Auxiliary Firefighters. Interested persons must hold a minimum of Ohio Volunteer Firefighter certification, successfully complete an interview, the physical ability test, background checks and a medical exam.

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1. How do I obtain a copy of a fire report?
2. How many Fire Stations are in the City of Greenville?
3. What is the ISO rating of the City of Greenville?
4. Are there always Firefighters on-duty at the Greenville Fire Department?
5. How many Firefighters are at the fire station?
6. What kind of work schedule does a Firefighter have?
7. What is a typical workday for a Firefighter?
8. Are there ranks among the Greenville Firefighters? If so, what are they? How is a Firefighter promoted?
9. Who is in charge of the Greenville Firefighters?
10. What does the fire department do on a fire scene?
11. What is your Department’s average response time to an emergency?
12. How many fires does your Department respond to each year?
13. What was the biggest fire in the history of Greenville?
14. What do I do when I see an emergency vehicle approaching when I am driving?
15. Why do I see fire trucks at the grocery store or at other stores?
16. Why do the fire trucks turn on their lights to back into the station?
17. Why does the fire engine respond to auto accidents?
18. What does it mean when my smoke alarm chirps?
19. What should I do if I need a smoke detector?
20. Is it possible to tour the fire station?
21. Does the Greenville Fire Department refill fire extinguishers?
22. When should I call 9-1-1?
23. When reporting a fire, what do I tell the dispatcher?
24. When reporting a MEDICAL emergency, what do I tell the dispatcher?
25. When reporting a VEHICLE accident, what do I tell the dispatcher?
26. How does a person become a Greenville Firefighter?