Fire & EMS Positions

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Volunteer (Paid) Call Firefighters.  These members are the backbone to our organization. In order to qualify for this position the candidate must live in or very near the City of Franklin. Volunteer Call Firefighters respond to the station when notified by an activated pager. Eligible calls for service include Structure Fires, Motor Vehicle Crashes with Entrapment, Hazardous Materials Incidents, Station Recalls in addition to others. Training will be provided to successful candidates who are interested in joining the team if they do not already have it. This is a great way to gain experience and to give back.

Volunteer (Paid) Stand-By Firefighters. Qualifying certifications for this position are Ohio Certified Firefighter Level I (minimum), Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic or a combination thereof. These positions provide on-duty staffing for the ambulances and the fire apparatus. Shifts are twelve hours long with shift change occurring at 6 AM or 6 PM daily. We staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some folks work a variety of rotations while others submit availability and are scheduled to fill in the gaps. Residency is not required for these positions however preference is given to those who also serve as Volunteer Call Firefighters. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, just let us know what they are!


Career Positions. Our career members work a 24/48 hour rotation and are the shift officers who are responsible for daily operations. It is important to note that bonus Civil Service points are available for those who have served our organization as a volunteer member.  Applications for Career Positions must be filed with the City of Franklin Civil Service Commission.

All prospective applicants must meet and pass all of the following standards and requirements to qualify for membership with the City of Franklin Division of Fire & EMS:

1. Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and be a high school graduate, or hold a GED.
2. Applicants must receive a passing score of above 70% on the department administered on-line exam.
3. Applicants must be able to complete the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) according to established regulations.
4. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an ability to follow instructions.
5. All applicants must be physically sound, passing a physical examination provided by the City of Franklin.
6. The applicant must have a valid Ohio Driver’s License, a good driving record, insurable through the City provider, transportation, and auto liability insurance.
7. The applicant must be of good character and have no criminal record. A background check will be conducted.
8. Members shall work twelve (12) to twenty-four (24) hour shifts, including weekend and holidays. These assigned shifts may rotate on a regular basis, generally assigned to a regular Unit and supervisor. The Fire Chief determines shift assignments and rotations.
9. Any applicant accepted as a member to work stand-by positions must obtain and maintain a minimum certificate for Ohio Firefighter 1 (or equivalent) and Ohio EMT Basic.

The following expectations are established for members:

1. Members shall report for duty for all assigned shifts and/or details.
2. Members are expected to maintain proficiency of skills by attending regular training/drill sessions.
3. Members are expected to perform minor and routine maintenance of all department equipment, buildings, and vehicles as directed by superior officers.
4. Members are expected to keep facilities and equipment clean, ready for service.
5. Members are expected to maintain good working relationships with fellow division members, police personnel, and other city employees and departments.
6. Members shall abide by the rules and regulations as set forth in the City of Franklin Division of Fire & EMS Standard Operating Procedures/Guidelines.
7. In order to stay abreast of ever changing conditions and laws and to remain skillful and knowledgeable of their duties, part-time members shall attend educational programs or drills offered by the department.

Off-duty response and recalls.

Volunteer Call Firefighters have the opportunity to cover scheduled assignments when their availability allows for their immediate response (i.e. residency). A minimum of one hour is compensated for all dispatched runs and then paid in increments of 15 minutes after the initial hour. A bonus quarter hour is paid for those who arrive at the station within 15 minutes of the initial dispatch. Additionally, a graduated stipend is paid for participation percentages above 35% (and above) for each qualifying call for service attended at the end of a six month period (Jan – Jun & Jul – December). A minimum of 20% attendance of eligible calls for service must be maintained.

Volunteer Stand-By Firefighters are encouraged to respond to “all-call” fire dispatches, when their availability allows for immediate response (close proximity to the City). These calls for service are compensated in the same manner as above.

Any members responding for any of the listed off-duty assignments shall consider all operational and safety policies of the City of Franklin, Division of Fire, especially the safe operation of personal vehicles.


  • Annual physical evaluations and respiratory function/fit testing.
  • Fitness Assessment/ Fitness Program
  • Supplemental sickness/accident insurance
  • Uniforms/ PPE

UPDATED: April, 2013