Join the Shaker Heights Fire Department

2024 Fire Exam PostcardOur application has closed. Reminder that the Firefighter Entrance Exam (required) is Saturday, March 2, 9:30 am at John Carroll University's Dolan Science Center (1 John Carroll Blvd, University Heights, OH 44118).

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the secretary of the Civil Service Commission at 216-491-1488.

Why Join SHFD?

The Shaker Heights Fire Department offers competitive benefits, excellent training and educational opportunities, and career advancement. In addition, our modern fleet and equipment, combined with a positive and team-oriented work environment, makes our department a great place to develop your career as a firefighter/paramedic. Watch our videos below to hear directly from our firefighters/paramedics.

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Learn More

The Shaker Heights Fire Department is committed to providing competitive pay and benefits, while also striving to ensure our firefighters/paramedics have opportunities to advance in their career. Learn more below, plus you'll find a list of requirements for applicants.

Advancement Opportunities

  • Fire Investigation Unit
  • Region 2 Urban Search and Rescue
  • Heights Hillcrest Technical Rescue
  • Community Outreach and Education
  • Promotion

Competitive Compensation & Benefits

  • Competitive salary 
  • Top-notch training and professional development
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Health insurance (medical, prescription, dental and vision ) and life insurance
  • Retirement/pension plan
  • Vacation, sick leave and paid holidays
  • Uniform allowance
  • Longevity pay


  • Must have EMT-P Certification or be enrolled in Paramedic Training at the time of application (must be certified Paramedic by the time of appointment). Out-of-state applicants must have National Registry EMT-P and become certified in State of Ohio by time of appointment.
  • Must be 19 years old at time of application; minimum of 21 years old at the time of appointment. 
  • Must be a U.S. citizen. 
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Applicants must possess the physical ability to successfully perform the essential job functions of the Firefighter/Paramedic. Note: Applicants must pass the Tri-C Physical Agility Test (certificate of completion valid within one year of hire date).
  • No less than 20/20 vision, without correction or with corrective glasses or contact lenses.
  • Valid Ohio driver's license.