Career Development Timeline

Within the first year of employment, all city firefighters must achieve their National Professional Qualifications Certification as Firefighter I and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician. In the following years, individuals must successfully complete the MFD Relief Driver I Program. In addition to learning fireground hydraulics, pump theory and pumping apparatus operations, Relief Driver I Candidates must pass a street and map test. Many find this task daunting since the City of Marietta has over 1,000 streets, but with rare exception, most rise to the challenge and pass.

For individuals with the ambition and drive to succeed, there are several paths a promotion can create. In addition to Fire Suppression, other paths include opportunities in the Fire Marshal's Office and the Training Division. See the table below for a quick look at career opportunities with our department.


Within First Year

  • NPQ FF I and National Registry AEMT Certification
  • NPQ Hazardous Materials-Operations

Within First Four Years

  • Successful Completion of Relief Driver I Program (Marietta City Street Test and Pumping Apparatus Operator Program) 

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Fire Lieutenant

Fire Captain

Fire Assistant Chief

Fire Deputy Chief

Fire Chief (appointed by City Council)

Possible Career Paths

Fire Marshal's Office

Firefighter-Engineer: Lateral to Fire Prevention Specialist

Lieutenant: Inspector I and II, Fire/Arson Investigator, Fire Safety Educator, Fire Protection Analyst

Captain: Deputy Fire Marshal

Assistant Chief: Fire Marshal

Training Division

Firefighter, Firefighter Engineer: Fire Department Instructor, Adjunct Recruit Instructor, EMT Instructor

Lieutenant: Recruit/General Fire Training, EMS Training

Captain: Deputy Training Officer

Assistant Chief: Training Officer