Employment at the Bay Village Fire Department

The Bay Village Fire Department strives to hire the most qualified and professional candidates available.  Toward that end, our Department uses a multi-faceted approach that includes a written test, physical agility test, comprehensive background check, interview, and psychological testing. 

Our eligibility list for candidates is established by the competitive civil service exam referenced above. The list is normally valid for two years once established. Please contact the Bay Village Civil Service Commission for more information.


           Steps to Becoming a Professional Firefighter  

                                A General Guideline

  • STEP 1: Be at least 18 years old, with a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED). Obtain and maintain a valid Ohio Driver's License. Keep your record clean!

  • STEP 2: Find out what real firefighters do. This isn't Backdraft or Ladder 49; it's alternately dirty, dangerous, and dull.

  • STEP 3: Get and keep yourself in top physical condition. The fire-fighting physical exam can be very demanding, as is the work itself.

  • STEP 4: Complete the requisite EMT training (Basic, Intermediate, & Paramedic) and pass the state/national test. 12-18 months.

  • STEP 5: Complete the State Firefighter Certification training ("240") and pass state test. 6 weeks-8 months.

  • STEP 6: Apply to take civil service exams. You can get all the necessary information from civil service commission secretaries (usually by calling City Hall), or you can try the local fire department. Civil Service exams are commonly administered by each municipality every two years.

  • STEP 7: If you place in the top fifteen, you have a good shot at the next steps in getting hired. Varying with each municipality, these steps may include: Interviews; Background Investigations; Polygraph Tests; Psychological Evaluations; Medical Examinations.

  • STEP 8: Successfully complete your department's probationary period of employment, which may last a year or two.


To help you understand the job requirements of those who seek a career with the Bay Village Fire Department, following is the Job Description for the Bay Village Firefighter/Paramedic:

                 City of Bay Village, Division of Fire

                     Position Description: Firefighter


This Summary of Essential Job Functions and Duties is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills. It is intended to provide straightforward summaries of what the job classification involves and what is required to perform it. Employees are responsible for all other duties as assigned.


Under direction from and supervision of the Fire Captain and the Fire Lieutenant, the Firefighter performs duties that include (but are not limited to):

●Responding to fires, medical emergencies, hazardous materials emergencies, natural and other manmade emergencies to implement the mitigation of the incident and hazards;

●Firefighting, ventilation, search and rescue, aerial and ladder operations, pump and hose operations, technical rescues, extrication, forcible entry, salvage and overhaul, emergency paramedicine;

●Participating in the ongoing departmental fire and EMS training and continuing education programs;

●Attending additional or extra-departmental training and continuing education courses as required;

●Assuming command of a squad when assigned as squad leader by a shift officer;

●Assisting in code compliance and enforcement activities, including In-Company Inspections;

●Assisting in fire prevention and life safety inspections when the Bureau of Fire Prevention is unavailable;

●Assisting in fire scene origin/cause/arson investigations as needed;

●Creating, writing, updating, and maintaining a variety of records and reports;

●Creating, writing, updating, and maintaining preplans for occupancies and target hazards;

●Attending departmental and administrative meetings and hearings as required;

●Providing public education related to the field of fire prevention and safety, including talks, demonstrations, and presentations for a wide variety of groups;

●Providing information and technical assistance to City administration officials, business owners, homeowners, tenants, and the public;

●Working in a safe manner and reporting unsafe activity and conditions

●Performing all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies and procedures;

●Being assigned to work shifts according to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement;

●Peripheral duties such as cleaning and washing; caring for fire station and grounds around the station; minor repairs; hose testing, maintenance of apparatus and equipment


●United States Citizenship

●High school diploma or GED

●State of Ohio valid Driver License

●State of Ohio valid Firefighter Level II Certification

●State of Ohio valid EMT-Paramedic Certification

●Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities as described

●Ability to use Essential Tools and Equipment as described

●Hazmat Technician Certification, Fire Instructor/Trainer Certification, Basic Fire Investigation Course, Fire Safety Inspector Certification, and other similar types of specializations and certifications are encouraged



This Summary of Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities is not intended to be an exhaustive list. It is intended to provide straightforward summaries of what the job classification involves and what is required to perform it. Employees are responsible for all other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities as assigned.


This position requires Knowledge of:

●Codified Ordinances of the City of Bay Village as they pertain to the Fire Department

●City geography, streets, neighborhoods, business locations, buildings, and landmarks

●The City of Bay Village Employee Handbook

●SOGs, SOPs, Rules, Regulations, Preplans, and Work Methods of the Bay Village Fire Department

●The Weshare Paramedic Protocols

●Modern fire prevention, suppression, and investigation principles, practices, and equipment

●Modern emergency medical principles, practices, and equipment

●Structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, punctuation, and grammar

●Basic arithmetic and mathematical formulae

●Current Ohio Fire Code (*)

●Current National Fire Code (i.e. NFPA Standards) (*)

●The Ohio Administrative Code and Ohio Revised Code as they pertain to Fire Operations, Prevention, and Safety (*)

●Tools and Equipment essential to the position

●General office record keeping and filing methods

                   (*) = May be acquired after appointment to position

This position requires the Skills and Abilities to:

●Understand and follow verbal and written instructions

●Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing

●Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work

●Prepare and present clear and accurate reports

●Work effectively on multiple tasks

●Command and direct subordinate personnel, when assigned as squad leader

●Read, understand, and learn to interpret and apply codes, ordinances, laws, rules, regulations, policies, & procedures

●Exercise sound independent judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions

●Safely operate a motor vehicle

●Operate computer hardware and software appropriate to assigned duties

●Effectively and safely use tools, equipment, and apparatus appropriate to the position

●Meet the physical demands of firefighting, emergency paramedicine, fire and EMS training, fire inspection, and fire investigation (these include, but are not limited to: standing; sitting; walking; running; talking; hearing; using hands to finger, handle, and operate objects, tools, and controls; reaching with hands and arms; carrying; climbing; balancing; bending; stooping; squatting; kneeling; crouching; twisting; turning; crawling; tasting; smelling; lifting and/or moving 100 pounds or more; utilizing hand-eye coordination; seeing with close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus)

●Adapt to and perform well under considerable stress when dealing with emergency situations or people with unusual behavior or difficult personalities traits



This Summary of Essential Tools and Equipment is not intended to be an exhaustive list. It is intended to be a straightforward description of what the job classification involves and what is required to perform it. Employees are responsible for all other Tools and Equipment as assigned.

●Vehicles and Fire Apparatus



●Computer Hardware and Software

●Cameras and photography equipment

●Various Codes and Standards pertinent to this position

●Various measuring devices and investigative tools (including, but not limited to: sound level meters; various gas detection meters/monitors; laser rangefinders; distance measuring wheels and tapes)

●All tools and equipment indicated in the Weshare Paramedic Protocols

●All tools and equipment used by the Bay Village Fire Department to accomplish its emergency and non-emergency tasks



The functions and duties for this position are performed in a variety of environments including, but not limited to, general offices, commercial occupancies, outdoors (with possible adverse weather conditions during daytime and nighttime), vehicles and apparatus. Work will also be performed in emergent and very stressful conditions. At times employee is exposed to loud noises and hazards associated with fire and EMS operations, fire and EMS training, inspections and investigations, testing alarm systems, and construction sites. Exposures might include products of combustion, hazardous materials, biohazards, noxious odors, fumes, toxic and/or caustic chemicals, airborne particles, and possible risk of electrical shock or falling objects. Employee may work near moving objects, in high, precarious places or crawl under low overheads. Work may also be in confined areas, high or low.

►Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions and duties