Cobb County Government

Firefighter Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services

Starting Salary:

Lateral Entry Salary:
Applicants may be eligible for up to 10% increase based on years of experience (subject to program requirements)

Academy Graduate: 
$40,014.18- After 18 months probationary period, salary increases by 5%

Certified Paramedic:
Additional 5% Differential Pay for certified paramedics after completion of recruit school

Salary Grade:

Eligible for health and dental coverage, retirement plan, life insurance, long term disability insurance, and deferred compensation.

Education Incentive Pay: 
$1,000 Associates Degree
$2,000 Bachelors Degree
$3,000 Masters Degree

Paid Vacation Leave
13 days per year / 1 year of service
15 days per year / 5 years of service 
20 days per year / 10 years of service
22 days per year / 15 years of service
25 days per year / 20 years of service

10 paid holidays per year

Paid Sick Leave
Accumulates at 4.0 hours per biweekly

Paid Military Leave
Up to 18 days per year

Bereavement Leave Policy
Full time employees will receive up to [3] days of bereavement leave with pay for [24] hours. Employees working in part time positions shall be eligible for bereavement leave equal to [3] part time days off with pay.

Nonexempt (Eligible for overtime)

24 hours on duty / 48 hours off duty

Essential Functions:

  • Performs work in controlling and extinguishing fires.
  • Performs first aid and emergency rescue and medical treatment at the emergency scene.
  • Responds to and performs duties as assigned, at accidents. disasters. emergency rescues, searches, and any other emergency situation.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
  • Must be 18 years of age on or before test date
  • Must have a valid Drivers License
  • No Felony Convictions
  • Must successfully complete the following:
    • Written entry level test
    • In-depth background investigations
    • Physical agility test
    • Polygraph examination
    • Psychological examination and drug screen
    • Medical examination and drug screen
    • Oral interviews

Additional Benefits Available to Firefighters:

  • State of Georgia Firefighters' Pension Fund
  • Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services Death Benefit Fund
  • Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services Flower Fund
  • Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services Benevolent Fund