Job Opportunities

The City of Clarksville is an “Equal Opportunity Employer.” Clarksville Fire Rescue is accepting applications at this time through April 30, 2019. View the fire fighter job application

Testing & Employment Process

Clarksville Fire Rescue tests for firefighters once a year. All segments of the testing process are pass/fail.

Phase 1

Written Standardized Test - This test measures reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and math skills. You must score at least 70% in each category to pass.

Phase 2

Physical Ability Test - This test tests a person’s endurance and ability to perform basic strenuous tasks that professional firefighters must perform. There are seven tasks that must be completed in seven minutes or less. These tasks consist of: 

  • Attic Crawl
  • Hose Pull
  • Hydrant Operation
  • Ladder Extension
  • Ladder Handling
  • Mannequin Pull
  • Simulated Roof Ventilation

Phase 3

  • Oral Interview by Review Board

Phase 4

  • Oral Interview by Fire Chief

Phase 5

The Fire Chief selects the applicant that will be given a conditional offer of employment. This offer is contingent upon the applicant’s successful completion of the background check, physical exam, drug/alcohol screening, and psychological exam. Applicants will be placed on an active hiring list for a period of one year.

Note: Clarksville firefighters work 24 hour shifts to include nights, weekends, and holidays and are subject to call in when off-duty.


  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Minimum high school diploma or general educational development (GED)
  • No felony conviction
  • Possess valid Tennessee driver’s license
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Completely fill out application for employment and authorization to release information
  • Pass extensive background check
  • Pass drug screen as well as random testing


  • Beginning salary - $35,815
  • State retirement plan
  • Paid vacation leave
  • Medical and dental insurance
  • Longevity pay
  • Earned sick leave
  • Uniforms and equipment provided
  • Military, reserve, and national guard leave