The Edmond Sun

December 11, 2012

EFD now recruiting

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — If you have what it takes to be a firefighter, the City of Edmond has opportunities available.

Among other things, firefighters must be able to operate both as a team and independently during incidents of uncertain duration, spend extensive time outside exposed to the elements and they must perform physically demanding work in hot — up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit — and humid — up to 100 percent — atmospheres while wearing gear that significantly impairs body cooling mechanisms, according to the firefighter job description on the city’s website.

Firefighters also work in wet, icy or muddy areas and perform a variety of tasks on slippery, hazardous surfaces on roof tops or from ladders and endure other potential hazards.

Chief Training Officer Jon Neely said the Edmond Fire Department is looking for highly motivated, dedicated individuals with a servant’s heart to join the agency’s fire service team. When citizens are in their worst moment of need, the agency’s goal is to be at its best in providing service, Neely said.

Applications are being accepted through 5 p.m. Dec. 21.

The largest division within the Edmond Fire Department is the operations division, according to information posted on the city’s website. The division consists of personnel responsible for fire suppression, emergency medical first response, rescue activities and mitigation of disasters.

In a city of 93,000, the agency operates five stations, an administrative center and a state-of-the-art regional training facility with features including a five-story drill tower, a two-story search-and-rescue building, a driving pad and road course, an SCBA maze/confined space trailer and a flashover simulator.

Neely said applicants must be at least 18 years of age, meet all requirements of the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement system, possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent on or before Jan. 3, 2012, have a driving record acceptable to the city’s insurance carrier, have a valid driver’s license and have no felony convictions.

Applicants will be required to pass a written test, a physical ability/agility test, a polygraph exam and the state required physical exam, Neely said. All applicants must be able to obtain National Registry as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic within 18 months of hire date.

After completion of the 25-week recruit academy training, the base salary will be $3,738.10 per month, Neely said.

Applications can be downloaded and sent via fax to 216-7301. Once faxed, applicants are asked to send e-mail to for notification of the sent application. Applications can also be delivered to 5300 E. Covell, Edmond, OK 73034 either in person or via U.S. mail.

For more information about the recruiting process, visit | 341-2121, ext. 108