Fire department has job opening

The Parkersburg Fire Department announced the opening of a probationary firefighter position on Wednesday.

Fire Chief Eric Taylor said the entrance test for the position will be held on Jan. 22 and the test results will remain good for three years. No experience or previous training is required to take the test.

“These are highly competitive positions,” Taylor said. “Over the next three years, we may have only four or five firefighters retire, but we anticipate there will be a few hundred applicants test for those few positions.”

Candidates applying must be between the ages of 18 and 35. The hiring process has a written exam, physical fitness test, medical physicals and background checks.

After hiring, firefighters must reside within a 28-mile radius of the Parkersburg City Building at One Government Square.

Applicants can apply at the personnel department on the fifth floor of the Parkersburg Municipal Building. Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 through Dec. 30.

The test fee is $15.

More information about the hiring process and a video overview of the physical agility test are available on the employment section of the department’s website:

The department recently promoted firefighters Brett Dowler and Bob Smith after they completed their one-year probationary period. They can officially be referred to as private, Taylor said.