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Working for GFD

How do I become a full-time fire fighter for the City of Germantown?
The Germantown Fire Department hires full-time personnel from the department’s reserve (volunteer) fire fighter program. To become a reserve fire fighter, one must complete the Germantown Fire Department Basic Fire Fighter Training Course, which consists of more than 400 hours of instruction. The department offers the program based on the department’s need to maintain a sufficient number of reserve fire fighters. Historically, the department offers the course approximately every 18 months.

How is the Basic Fire Fighter Training Course taught?
Germantown Fire Department instructors teach the course two evenings a week, Tuesdays and Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for approximately 16 weeks. The course includes a ride-out requirement where the student must complete a set number of hours riding out with a full-time crew of fire fighters.

What are the minimum requirements to become a full-time fire fighter?
The minimum requirements are the applicant must be 21 years of age upon completion of the training class, must have a high school diploma or GED, must have a valid driver’s license, and must be able to pass a physical ability test, a felony criminal history background check, a driving record check, psychological exam and test negative for illicit drugs.

How do I apply for the reserve fire fighter program?
Applications are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Germantown Fire Department administrative offices located at 7766 Farmington Boulevard. Applications are accepted anytime. When a class is scheduled, applicants will be contacted.

How long do you retain my application, or how often do I need to apply?
Applications are kept on file for a period of two years or until processed through the reserve fire fighter training program. If it has been more than two years since you submitted an application, you should submit a new application.

Do I need to be an EMT or paramedic to apply?
No. The department does not require applicants to be an EMT or paramedic. However, applicants with a valid Tennessee EMT or paramedic license will have preference over non-EMT and non-paramedic applicants.