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Employment

We will be opening a testing and application period for FULL-TIME Firefighters COMING SOON!!

Watch this page for more details!

 

FULL-TIME FIREFIGHTERS:

In mid-2024, the City of Northwood will hire its first-ever full-time career firefighters. Our daily staffing will include a full-time firefighter and two part-time firefighters. You must be an Ohio EMT, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic and you must have an Ohio Firefighter II certification prior to appointment. Our benefits are listed below, to include the Ohio Police & Fire Pension, healthcare, education, dental, and more. The full-time firefighters will work a 24/48 schedule with Kelly Days.

Full-Time Firefighter Testing & Application Requirements:

We will be using the National Testing Network and the Firefighter Mile.
When the job posting goes live on NTN, we will add more details here.

  • Pass the National Testing Network Fire Team test and submit to Northwood
  • Pass the Firefighter Mile test and submit to Northwood
    • Must have passed the FF Mile within one year of appointment
  • Submit a City of Northwood job application

City of Northwood Application for Fire Department Employment

Full-Time Firefighter General Requirements:

*We are always accepting applicants for Paid-On-Call/Part-Paid. Scroll down further for more info!

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Must pass a Background Check
  • Must pass an NFPA 1582 Medical Physical
  • Must pass The Firefighter Mile test, or have passed a Firefighter Mile within one year of appointment.
  • Must hold a current Ohio EMT, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic certification
  • Must hold a current Firefighter II certification
    • If currently enrolled in a Fire II class, you must have the Firefighter II certification by the time of appointment
  • Click to read the Firefighter/EMT job description
  • Click to read the Firefighter/Paramedic job description

Full-Time Firefighter Benefits:

  • Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund with 24% contribution from the City of Northwood
  • Health insurance
    • Employee only, Employee/Spouse, Employee/Child, Family options available
  • Dental insurance of $1,000 per year per family member
  • $50,000 life insurance coverage at no cost with an opportunity to purchase a higher amount of coverage
  • Paid vacation, sick, personal, compensatory time, holidays, and Kelly Days
  • Deferred compensation available (no match)
  • Annual educational benefits

FULL-TIME FIREFIGHTER ANNUAL BASE:

  • FIREFIGHTER/EMT: $54,033.04
  • FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC: $61,401.18

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NOW HIRING PART-TIME FIREFIGHTERS

Are you motivated? Dedicated? Are you looking for a rewarding side job? Are you willing to reach new levels of personal growth? Interested in joining a great team?

How are we one of Northwest Ohio's Most Progressive departments? Besides having a department that is staffed 24/7 to provide fast and efficient service to those who call, our City has provided our department with the most up-to-date equipment and training opportunities. Over the last few years, our City has invested thousands of dollars into training resources and new equipment. Your training? That's on us! We pay you to attend weekly in-house training and provide opportunities for you to attend outside training throughout the year. We are active in the community by participating in and sponsoring a multitude community events including the City's Fall Fest and Safety Town. Finally, to the best of our knowledge, no other fire agency in the area pays a longevity reward for part-paid off-duty responses. Every five years, you'll earn a stepped-increase longevity check for each response you made. 

PAID-ON-CALL FIREFIGHTERS:

The Northwood Fire Department is always looking for paid-on-call/part-paid Firefighter/EMTs. Traditionally, this is known as a "volunteer." We will provide and pay for all of the necessary training. After acquiring the necessary certifications and completing a probationary period, employees are then eligible for Part-Time status with the NFD. We require annual physical agility testing and medical evaluations, provided by the City to ensure our employees are healthy and fit for the job. As part of the medical evaluations, we offer annual cancer screenings.

We're paid monthly by the City of Northwood. We pay for your training and we pay you to go to training.

 

Paid-On-Call Firefighter General Requirements:

*We are always accepting applicants for Paid-On-Call/Part-Paid under the following requirements...

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be a resident of the City of Northwood
  • Must pass a Background Check
  • Must pass an NFPA 1582 Medical Physical
  • Must pass a Physical Agility Test
  • Must obtain Ohio Volunteer Firefighter Certification within the first year of employment 
  • Must obtain Ohio Basic Emergency Medical Technician Certification within 2nd year of employment 
  • Must obtain Ohio Firefighter I Certification within the 2nd year of employment
  • Must attend weekly training

PART-TIME/PAID-ON-CALL PAY RATEWe're up front... AND we're competitive. 

  • FIREFIGHTER/EMT: $20.68/hour.
  • FIREFIGHTER/ADVANCED EMT: $21.71/hour.
  • FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC: $22.80/hour.

PART-TIME FIREFIGHTERS:

The Northwood Fire Department is now hiring trained, part-time Firefighters. You must already hold an EMT, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic card and be at least Firefighter I certified. In addition to the pre-employment requirements listed below, we require annual physical agility testing and medical evaluations, provided by the City to ensure our employees are healthy and fit for the job. You do not need to be a City resident to join our Part-Time Firefighter program. Our Part-Time Firefighters work scheduled shifts based on availability, are scheduled before the beginning of each month, and our shifts run 0800x2000 and 2000x0800, in either 12 or 24 hour increments. 

Part-Time Firefighter General Requirements:

***Job Posting for the Part-Time Firefighter/Paramedic. Apply now! 

  • Must possess good, moral character
  • Must be insurable by the City's Insurance Carrier
  • State of Ohio Firefighter I or II Certification
  • State of Ohio EMT or Advanced EMT or Paramedic

PART-TIME/PAID-ON-CALL PAY RATE: We're up front... AND we're competitive. 

  • FIREFIGHTER/EMT: $20.68/hour.
  • FIREFIGHTER/ADVANCED EMT: $21.71/hour.
  • FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC: $22.80/hour.

Applications can be filled out using following the link below.

City of Northwood Application for Fire Department Employment

For more information, please contact the Fire Chief at 419-690-1647 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.