City of Athens

Athens City Hall Administrative Offices
508 East Tyler Street
Athens, Texas 75751
Phone: (903) 675-5131
Fax: (903) 675-7562

MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRE FIGHTERS


An applicant for fire fighter shall meet the following criteria in order to be considered for an entry-level position:
(Amended 08-25-06) (Amended 09-05-08) 

(a)

Achieve a minimum passing score of seventy (70) percent on the written examination;

(b)

Successfully complete the physical ability test;

(c)

Pass a background investigation and a polygraph examination;

(d)

Pass oral interviews;

(e)

Successfully complete a post-job offer psychological examination and medical examination that includes passing a visual acuity test, and physician certification that the applicant is not dependent on and does not use illegal drugs;

(f)

Be at least eighteen (18) years of age and not more than thirty-five (35) years of age at the time of hire;

(g)

Have a valid Texas driver's license at the date of hire; (Must be able to obtain a Class B Drivers License from the Texas Department of Public Safety within six (6) months of the date of hire)

(h)

Be a citizen of the United States by birth or naturalization;

(i)

Be able to read, write and speak the English language;

(j)

Be of good moral character;

(k)

Possess a certification as a basic firefighter, as established by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, or may become certified at time of appointment.  At or before the time of entrance examination, applicants shall provide either (1) evidence of certification issued by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, or (2) evidence of current enrollment in a basic recruit fire training academy approved by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection; and

(l)

Possess a certification from the Texas Department of State Health Services ("TDSHS") as an EMT-Basic or higher.  At or before the time of entrance examination, applicants shall provide either (1) an EMT Certificate issued by the TDSHS, or (2) evidence of current enrollment in an EMT course approved by the TDSHS.  (This certification will not be allowed to lapse during employment)

(m)

Be a graduate of an accredited High School or have an equivalency certificate.