Careers in Firefighting

Firefighting is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. Approximately 100 firefighters die annually and thousands are injured while on duty. An unknown number of firefighters die from, or are diagnosed with, illnesses that are probably related to on-the-job exposures. You must be a very special person to want to risk you life to save another’s.

The profession brings many rewards. The greatest reward is the ability to help people in need. A firefighter is called upon to alleviate conditions that are causing harm to persons or damage to property or the environment. There is a satisfaction in knowing that you have made a situation better.


To be hired as a firefighter in Boardman Township you must be 18 years old and a high school graduate. The Civil Service Commission will offer a test to the public for the ability to become an entry-level firefighter. The test is a general knowledge exam that is proctored by the Civil Service Commission.

If you pass the written exam, you will be invited to participate in a physical agility test. You will go through numerous stations that test your strength and endurance and physical ability to perform as a firefighter. Only those who pass will be ranked in order based on his or her test scores.

The Township Trustees then begin a hiring process by interviewing the candidates in order, based on the rules of the Civil Service Commission. If you are lucky enough and pass through the interview process, you may become a Boardman firefighter.

If you don’t have all of these credentials when you apply, you’ll be required to take a 240-hour basic firefighting training as well as an Emergency Medical Technician-First Responder course within a year of being hired.



For additional information regarding entry-level examinations for firefighters, contact the Civil Service Commission at (330) 726-4177.

Applications for clerical positions are accepted only when there is an opening.  For further information, please contact the Boardman Fire Department at 330-726-4199 or email