Become a Career Firefighter


To qualify for employment as a career firefighter, an individual must:
  • Meet residence requirements, if they exist.
  • Apply for and take an entry-level Civil Service test periodically given by the municipality in question.
  • Successfully pass an agility test and physical.
  • Be reachable on the finalized list once vacancies are being filled.
  • Be selected as a probationary firefighter.
  • Successfully complete basic firefighter training and departmental requirements within required time frames.
  • Contact the local Civil Service Office or Fire Department for complete details of requirements and procedures.

More Information & Resources

For more information, contact Firefighter Rich Rogers, President of the Professional Fire Fighters Association at 607-753-1741 or by email.

For information about the Civil Service exam, visit the Cortland County Personnel/Civil Service Office Website, or visit the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Website.

The International Association of Fire Fighters Website also has a wealth of information, including the latest fire fighting related news.