DeKalb County Fire Rescue serves the residents of DeKalb through 26 stations across the county.
Photo: DeKalb County Fire Rescue
Photo: DeKalb County Fire Rescue

DeKalb County Fire Rescue is hiring new recruits

DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department is hiring new recruits through June 17.

The department is looking to fill current vacancies as well as bring in another class of recruits. Between 30 and 50 new people will be hired depending on the budget and the number of applicants, fire officials said.


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A class is expected to be brought on in September and another in February of next year. Once accepted, recruits who do not have EMT training will spend approximately 40 weeks in the academy. Those who already have EMT training can expect to spend about 20 weeks in the academy.

While recruits are in the training phase of the program they will be paid a salary of $37,652. Upon completion of the academy, new firefighters receive a starting salary of $39,534. 

Tom Burrell, accreditation and ISO Captain for DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, noted that this is a period of growth for the department.

DeKalb sales tax revenues have allowed for new stations, and a grant is funding these new positions and new trucks.

In addition to serving the county’s 735,000 residents, the department also serves the cities of Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Stone Mountain, Stonecrest and Tucker.

Links to the application can be found on the DeKalb County government website.

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