As one of the largest fire departments in the State of Georgia, The Cobb County Fire Department's pledge to the community is that we respond to their emergencies efficiently and perform duties in a professional and courteous manner.  The Department provides services to rural, urban, and heavily populated high rise communities covering an area of 305 square miles.

We are looking for highly motivated, hard working, and ethical men and women interested in joining our fire department.


Candidate Information Packet

Apply for Firefighter I

We are only accepting applications for Lateral Firefighters at this time.  This includes individuals who are currently employed with a full service fire department or who have been previously employed with a full-service fire department within the last year.  Applicants must also hold certifications for NPQ Firefighter I (NPQ FF II is preferred), and either National Registry AEMT, Paramedic, or State of Georgia Licensed EMT-I (or higher).  

If you qualify as a Lateral Firefighter, please click HERE to apply.

  • Click on Firefighter I (Lateral Entry Program), then Apply for this Job.  A new account must be created in order to apply.  Applications will be accepted between July 25, 2017 and August 14, 2017.
  • Applicants will be screened, and those who meet minimum qualifications will receive an e-mail from Cobb County Internal Affairs within two weeks of the date the application was submitted.
  • Review the following video for additional information:
  • Applicants will be notified by Cobb County Internal Affairs regarding their Physical Ability Testing.  This is tentatively scheduled for August 17 & 18, 2017.

For traditional candidates, please click HERE to be notified when the position opens.

While the department will attempt to consider individual circumstances during the hiring process, dishonesty will result in immediate disqualification.



Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Minimum age of 18 years

High school diploma or GED

No felony convictions

Valid driver's license

Good credit and employment records

Honorable discharge, where applicable

Salary Information

Entry Level Salary : $40,014.18 annual ($19.24 per hour)
Academy Graduate : $40,014.18, After 18 months probationary period, salary increases by 5%
Additional 5% Differential Pay for certified paramedics after completion of recruit school
Lateral Entry Salary: Applicants may be eligible for up to 10% increase based on years of experience (subject to program requirements).
Certified Paramedic: Additional 5% Differential Pay for certified paramedics after completion of recruit school

Education Incentive Pay:
          $1,000 Associates Degree
          $2,000 Bachelors Degree
          $3,000 Masters Degree

Tuition Assistance : while attending college

Paid Military Leave : Up to 18 days per year


Employer Sponsored Benefits: Health - Dental - Life - Long Term Disability

Retirement Benefits:  County Pension Plan - Deferred Compensation - Roth IRA

Free Wellness Clinic - A free health clinic is available for all full time Cobb County Employees and their insured dependents with one of the County's health plans. The clinic offers sick and well checks and many prescription medications at no cost to the employee.

Veteran's Benefit - The Cobb County Fire Academy has been approved by the Georgia Department of Veterans Service as an on-the-job-training program. If you are a veteran and have contributed to the G.I. Bill, you will be eligible to receive monetary benefits while in the academy, throughout your training program and your first 18 months working test period. This is in addition to your salary.

Uniforms and Equipment - All uniforms and job related equipment are provided by the Cobb County Fire Department at no cost to you.

Tuition Assistance- Tuition assistance is available for you while you complete a college degree or certification. Reimbursable amounts are dependent upon available funding and will be proportionately distributed to all pre-approved applicants on a quarterly basis.

Fitness Centers - All of our stations have fitness centers with both strength and aerobic training equipment and are open 24 hours a day. Additional facilities are located at the Department of Public Safety Training Center, and Powder Springs Street,

Paid Vacation Leave -
Employees will accrue:
          13 days per year after completion of 1 year of service
          15 days per year after completion of 5 years of service
          20 days per year after completion of 10 years of service
          22 days per year after completion of 15 years of service
          25 days per year after completion of 20 years of service

Holidays - 10 paid holidays per year

Paid Sick Leave - Accumulates at 4 hours per biweekly

Paid Military Leave - up to 18 days per year

Additional Benefits Available to Firefighters:

Hiring Process

The hiring process for the Cobb County Fire Department generally takes between 6 to 9 months and includes the following steps:

  • On-line application
  • Written Test (click HERE for study guide)
  • Physical Abilities Test
  • Interview with background investigator
  • Comprehensive background investigation to include, but not limited to:
    • Psychological examination
    • Polygraph examination
    • Check of criminal history and driver's history
    • Credit check
    • Employment history
    • References check
  • Medical examination with drug screen
  • Oral Interview with Chief of Fire Department

While the department will attempt to consider individual circumstances during the hiring process, dishonesty will result in immediate disqualification.


Recruit Training

Recruit school for Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services is approximately nine months long.  Three months of training are to become a certified National Registry Emergency Medical Technician.  Three months to obtain National Registry Advanced Emergency Medical Technician.  The other three months are to become a certified Georgia Firefighter and a NPQ Firefighter II, which is a national certification.

For additional information regarding the Emergency Medical Services Training, click HERE.

The tentative start date for the recruit school is April 2018.

Lateral Entry Training

Qualified applicants will be considered for a lateral training course that is approximately 8 weeks long.

Preferred qualifications for lateral entry consideration are:

  • NPQ I or higher Firefighter Certification or Georgia Firefighter Certification 
  • National Registry EMT-I, EMT-A, or Paramedic Certification
  • Currently employed as a firefighter with at least 1 year experience

The tentative start date for the lateral course is October 2017.

Advanced Training

The Cobb County Fire Department provides continued advanced fire and medical training for all departmental firefighters.  Advanced courses are offered throughout the year at the academy at no cost to the firefighter.

Cobb County Department of Public Safety Training Center

The Cobb County Department of Public Safety Training Center provides training to all Public Safety entities that serve the citizens of Cobb County to include police, fire and emergency communications (911).  The center is a 26,000 square foot facility that consists of:

  • Six classrooms
  • 154 Seat Auditorium
  • Defensive Tactics Room
  • Realistic Firearms Instruction Simulator
  • Emergency Driving Simulator
  • 36 Lane Firearms Range
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Facility for basic and advanced practical driver training
  • Burn Tower
  • Health and Fitness Center fully equipped with strength training and cardiovascular equipment

Special Units

The Cobb County Fire Department has several specialized units to include:

  • Hazardous Materials Squad
  • Technical Rescue Team (Swift Water Rescue, High Angle Rescue, Trench Rescue, Confined Spaces Rescue, Vehicle Extrication)
  • Medical Operations (MedOps)
  • EMT Bike Team
  • Education
  • Training
  • Internal Affairs
  • Arson
  • Fire Marshall's Office
  • Honor Guard

An orientation video for people considering employment with Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services as a fire fighter. This video demonstrates and explains all eleven stations of the physical abilities test (PAT)

High paced action scenes of working for Cobb Fire

In The News - Cobb Fire Recruit Class #42

Cobb Fires Companies 4 and 14 practice their high angle rescue skills at the Barnes Amphitheater in Cobb County GA.