Careers at AFR

​Are You Interested in a career in the Fire Service?

The fire service is a challenging yet rewarding career providing services to our citizens 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! If you are hard working, motivated, and team oriented then you could be just what we are looking for!

​Application Requirements

Persons interested in becoming a firefighter must meet the following minimum application requirements.
1. Be a resident in the State of Alabama.
2. Possess a valid Alabama driver license and a good driving record. 
3. Pass a written test evaluating reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation, grammar, report writing, and math. 
4. Have passed at the time of application the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and have valid certificate in hand.

The CPAT consist of 8 events that have to be completed in 10 minutes 20 seconds. The events are listed below. 
 1. Stair Climb
 2. Hose Drag 
 3. Equipment Carry
 4. Ladder Raise and Extension 
 5. Forcible Entry 
 6. Search
 7. Rescue 
 8. Ceiling Breach & Pull

For more information on the CPAT , please visit the Alabama Fire College CPAT Information page and for locations to take the CPAT see this document CPAT Locations.

​Fire Academy 

New firefighters are required graduate from the 10-13 week Alabama Fire College Recruit School.  New firefighters hired by the City of Athens are usually sent the the Muscle Shoals Regional Training Center, part of the Alabama Fire College, for Recruit School. During Recruit School one will taught all the aspects of firefighting as well as EMT. Failure to complete Recruit School, dismissal from Recruit School, or failure to pass the National Registry Exam for EMT may result in a breach of ones employment agreement with the city.  

Persons who have already completed Recruit School and hold the certifications, whether currently employed or self sponsored, will not be required to attend again. Please submit all certificates with your application packet.

Application Process


Applications for firefighter are accepted throughout the year, regardless of openings. Potential candidates will be contacted for testing when the process begins. For a current list of employment opportunities throughout the City of Athens and instructions regarding the application process, visit our Job Openings page.