Become a DeKalb Firefighter

DeKalb County Fire Rescue Recruiting Unit

DeKalb County Fire Rescue has a dedicated recruiting unit to assist prospective candidates through the hiring process with the department. Recruitment serves as the point of contact to address any questions or concerns the candidate may have before and during the hiring process. The hiring process with DeKalb County Fire Rescue consist of the following steps:

  • Initial Application
  • Demonstration of Aptitude - Candidates can demonstrate aptitude by either of the following:
    • Provide proof of current licensure as a National Registry or State of Georgia Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B) or above
    • Take an aptitude exam administered by DeKalb County Fire Rescue during the hiring process
  • Physical Agility Test (PAT) DeKalb County Fire Rescue Physical Agility Test Guide.pdf
  • Oral Interview
  • Background screening
  • Medical Physical and Mental Health Evaluation

DeKalb County Fire Rescue considers any of the following to be Automatic Disqualifiers for selection to the Recruit Firefighter position. This is a partial list and is not all inclusive. Each applicants background is reviewed and verified during the selection process:

  • Any felony convictions within 10 years
  • Non U.S. citizen
  • No High School Diploma/GED
  • Any convictions of domestic violence
  • Any illegal drug use within 12 months prior to date of application and/or hire
  • Any sale of illegal drugs
  • One or more DUI convictions within three years
  • No driver’s license
  • A driver’s license that is suspended, revoked or expired
  • More than five moving violations in the past three years
  • Intentionally falsifying, misrepresenting or omitting information from the employment application
  • Deliberately making inaccurate, misleading, false or fraudulent statements during the employment process
  • Any outstanding criminal charge pending adjudication
  • Dishonorable discharge



Set up a Job Alert so you can be notified the next time we are accepting applications by visiting the DeKalb County Human Resources Website.    

Inquiries and requests for further information can be sent to or 678-406-7778.