Training Opportunities

Annual Recertification Requirements

The Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training council requires that each state-certified firefighter demonstrate proficiency in all of the following areas: 

  • Vertical Ventilation with an Axe 
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • General Firefighting
  • Communications
  • Fireground Operations
  • Prevention, Preparedness, and Maintenance
  • Organizational

While the Georgia Firefighters Standards and Training Council sets the minimum required hours for fire personnel to maintain state certification, most of the city's fire personnel pursue a much higher level of expertise in a variety of skills. In addition to the core skills, each firefighter must complete an additional 24 hours per year of approved continuing education to advance the firefighter's level of knowledge and ability.

Beyond the scope of basic fire department operations are a number of advanced rescue techniquesoften referred to as Specialty Rescue. While Marietta's recruits are introduced to the skills requiredfor these advanced rescues, many will not be equipped to complete a certification class until they haveseveral years of experience in the fire service. The specialty rescues include Confined Space Training at Cobb County Facilitythe following certifications: 

  • Rope Rescue
  • Confined Space
  • Crash Vehicle Extrication
  • Trench Collapse
  • Building Collapse
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • Hazardous Materials
  • SWAT Medic

Other Options

The educational path for motivated firefighters is highly varied. Marietta Firefighters have achieved certifications in numerous areas of expertise. Common certifications include the following:

Prevention Bureau

  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Investigator
  • Fire Safety Educator


  • Hazardous Materials Technician
  • Hazardous Materials Specialist
  • GA Basic Wildland Firefighter
  • Pumping Apparatus Operator
  • Aerial Apparatus Operator
  • Fire Safety Officer


  • SWAT Medic
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic


  • Peer Fitness Instructor
  • CrossFit Certification I
  • CrossFit Certification II

The schedules of training for these areas of expertise vary in length, but most require at least forty hours per level. The prerequisites for these advanced skills generally include NPQ Firefighter I; most require progressive levels of training in a related skill.