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Rome FD to hold informational session ahead of civil service exam

The Rome Fire Department is looking for people interested in beginning their career as a firefighter.

Posted: Jan 23, 2018 5:12 PM

The Rome Fire Department is looking for people interested in beginning their career as a firefighter.

While the department is 78 members strong right now, which is the capacity, retirements are anticipated and Rome fire officials want to make sure they have the best potential recruits waiting in the wings.

The department will be holding an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Maranatha Church, located at 620 N. Washington St. in Rome. The session will include information about what’s required to become a Rome firefighter, what the firefighting career entails, what the physical agility testing and fire academy training are like, and how to prepare for and take the civil service exam.

The next civil service exam will be given in April, and the deadline to apply is March 2. If you're interested, you can download an application for the test here.

The last civil service exam for the Rome Fire Department was held in 2015. The 2018 test will give the department an updated list of available candidates when a job opening is available.

“Fighting fire is probably going to be the smallest part of the job that you do,” said Rome Fire Chief Ron Brement. “We are an emergency services provider. Anytime there is an emergency – at their home, car accident, sickness or illness – we are going to be called through 911, we are going to be summoned to that scene.”

The informational session on Jan. 25 is open to the public and no reservation is required.

For more information, you can email Deputy Chief Mark Kohlbrenner at mkohlbrenner@romefd.com.

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