This is where you’ll learn about becoming a Dayton Firefighter: the hiring process, qualifications, benefits and everything in between. A career with the Dayton Fire Department will provide you with many options and opportunities. Explore the links above to learn how to become a Firefighter and what awaits you in this rewarding career. If you’re looking for meaningful work, a chance to make a difference in your community, the opportunity to forge lifelong friendships, and the excitement of new and exciting work every day, then the Dayton Fire Department is right for you!


Applications will be accepted in early 2024.
Click on JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND ALERTS on the City’s employment website link above to input your information and receive specific dates and other pertinent information.


Current Base Salary Range upon Graduation from Academy:

Firefighter/EMT: $61,760 to $81,817

Firefighter/Paramedic: $66,701 to $88,362

All Dayton Firefighters also receive the following benefits:

Anthem Insurance, with prescription coverage
HRA or HSA with $1500 (single) or $3000 (family) deposit made by city each January
AFSCME vision and dental coverage
Life Insurance
Earn 12 hours of paid vacation leave per month
Earn 15 hours of paid sick leave per month
8% incentive for 40-hour assignments
Platoon shift factor $450 paid yearly
Platoon shift personnel receive 17 EDO’s (extra days off) per year
Uniform allowance $1,475 per year
Seniority Incentive:  Yearly bonus of up to 2% with additional vacation days added every 4 years
Fitness Incentive
Educational incentive ($550 – $1,350 depending on degree level)
Overtime opportunities
Compensatory time option
Initial uniform(s) provided including all safety gear
Ohio Police and Fire Plan with D.R.O.P. option
13 Paid holidays
Tuition Reimbursement for Paramedic Training

Career Advancement

For those interested in advancing through the ranks, several options are available. The ranks of Lieutenant through District Chief are attained by way of a competitive Civil Service promotional examination. Persons in these positions are covered by Bargaining Unit contract. The ranks above District Chief are made by appointment, and are not part of the collective bargaining process.

Firefighters are eligible to sit for the Lieutenant’s exam after 5 years of consecutive accredited service as a sworn Firefighter.

  • Chief
  • Deputy Chief
  • Assistant Chief
  • District Chief
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Firefighter


The Dayton Fire Department maintains a broad range of specialized units that will allow you to tailor your career to a specific area of interest. These include:

  • Hazmat
  • High Angle Rescue
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • Confined Space
  • Fast Water Rescue
  • Emergency Vehicle Operator
  • Trench Rescue
  • Structural Collapse
  • Rescue Task Force
  • Emergency Medicine

Hiring Process

The Fire Department has a very different hiring method than the average business. It can take six months to two years to get hired from the date of application. Applications will be accepted in early 2024 for a Civil Service exam in the Spring of 2024. So, how does the hiring process work for the Dayton Fire Department?


Written Test

Background Check

Physical Ability Testing – Firefighter Mile

Contingent Offer of Employment Upon Passing the Medical Examination

Academy Start Date

After all of the above steps have been completed and your medical examination has been processed, you will receive a letter notifying you of the academy start date.



AGE: Must be 16 years of age at time of time of examination, 18 years of age at time of appointment. Must not be over the age of 41 by completion of the fire training academy.

EDUCATION: Must have a high school diploma or GED at time of appointment.

LICENSE: Must posses a valid Driver’s license at the time of appointment and maintain as a term and condition of continued employment.

CITIZENSHIP: Not required; however, you must provide documentary evidence of Employment Authorization and Identity.

CHARACTER: Must be of good moral character, have no disqualifying police record of convictions, have a good previous work record, good driving history and the ability to get along with people. Must pass a complete background investigation including credit history, driving history, previous employment history and any criminal history you might have on record.

PHYSICAL: A job-related medical examination which includes a drug screen and cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness testing will be conducted.  Vision without correction must be a minimum of 20/100 in EACH eye.  Corrected, vision must be a minimum of 20/40 or better in EACH eye.  Must not be colorblind.


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Do you have questions about joining the Dayton Fire Department?
Contact the DFD Recruitment Team:

Email  937-333-3141

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