Is firefighting dangerous?
Firefighting is an inherently dangerous job but we pride ourselves on having top quality gear and excellent training. Everything we do is done as a team. Our goal is always to accomplish our mission while keeping our firefighters as safe as possible.
What hours does an Albany Firefighter work?
Albany firefighters work 24 hour shifts followed by 72 hours off.
Why do firefighters work 24-hour shifts?
Firefighters work 24-hour shifts, because unlike police, firefighters cannot go out and perform training, inspections etc. during the nighttime. It would take more firefighters to cover 8 hour shifts. Firefighters at Albany work a 48 hour work week and the 24 hour shift allows this. This type of schedule is the most cost-effective work schedule to provide fire protection and is the most common.
What other responsibilities do firefighters have other than fighting fires?
Your Albany Fire Department is an “All hazard department”. We do much more than fight fires. We respond to calls for medical aid, including illness/accidents at home and work, and injuries resulting from vehicle crashes. Other calls for emergency response involve hazardous materials releases, technical rescues, response to fire alarms and other calls for public assistance as well as maritime emergencies. We also work to educate the general public about fire safety. Firefighters also spend much of their time maintaining equipment, doing routine public safety inspections for businesses and rental housing, training for all types of emergency responses and filling out the reports and paperwork associated with these activities.
When is the fire exam given?
The written exam is typically given every other March with the next exam March 2017. That is subject to change based on the needs of the Albany Fire Department and is set by the Department of Civil Service.
What is an Albany firefigher's salary?
The current starting salary for a firefighter/EMT is $40,595 with annual “step increases” until reaching “top grade”. Top grade firefighter EMT salary is $62,453. There is also opportunity to advance to a higher rank or become a paramedic.
Where do I get my EMT certifications?
Please see the “prepare” page to see a list of EMT training providers. Do not wait until you get your civil service exam test results before signing up.
Do I need to be an Albany Resident to become an Albany Firefighter?
Candidates must have been a legal resident of Albany County for at least 30 days immediately preceding the date of the written examination and at the time of appointment. Preference in appointment may be given to candidates who have been legal residents of the City of Albany for at least 30 days immediately preceding the date of the written exam. Please see exam application for more details.