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The City of Clarksville is an “Equal Opportunity Employer.” Clarksville Fire Rescue is not accepting applications at this time. Please check back later.

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 - $36.531
  • 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