Gallatin Fire provides emergency medical and firefighting services for the residents and guests of Gallatin. Our firefighters enjoy competitive benefits, diverse challenges, and career advancement. Employees of the GFD provide a broad spectrum of life-saving skills including fire prevention, firefighting, emergency medical care, technical rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, disaster response, public education, and community service.
Last year alone, the 84 men and women of the Gallatin Fire Department responded to more than 4,000 calls for aid of their neighbors in need. Our team operates four neighborhood fire stations strategically located across a 120 square-mile jurisdiction protecting more than 35,000 people who live, work and play in Gallatin.
Every member of our team starts with training and is required to maintain their skills throughout their tenure. The Fire and Codes Academy in Bell Buckle, Tennessee is the preferred training partner of our department, and EMT or AEMT training is conducted through Volunteer State Community College. Training is an intensive process including physical, mental and physiological preparation. The City of Gallatin will pay for all training in return for guaranteed service for a minimum of two years.
A big plus to working for Gallatin is a defined benefit retirement plan. Once you are eligible for retirement, retired receive this benefit for life and may have the option to receive a lower benefit and allow for their spouse to receive the benefit for life if the spouse were to outlive the retiree. Gallatin also offers deferred compensation and IRA plans that can assist in supplementing your retirement income.
Unlike the private sector, public sector, public sector employees are less subject to the ups and downs of the marketplace when it comes to layoffs and employee cutbacks. This does not mean that you can have low performance or acts of misconduct and still find yourself unemployed, but it does mean that good employees have more job security
Municipal workers often find themselves with additional benefits. These would include health insurance with affordable premiums, vacation days, sick days and holidays. When combined with base salary, all these benefits increase one's total compensation. The City of Gallatin also offers employee assistance programs, deferred compensation programs, and life insurance plans.
Steps to Employment
Step One - Apply Online
Interested applicants can apply for positions on our website at www.gallatinonthemove.com. Applicants may use the kiosks in the HR Department in City Hall. If the position you're interested in is not listed, please "Register for email alerts" on the "Employment Opportunities" page to receive email notifications when new positions in your areas of interest are advertised. You'll receive an email with confirmation of your application and then we'll send you instructions on registering for the written test. The deadline to express interest is March 18, 2017.
Step Two - Written Test
The written test will be held in May. It measures skills such as basic math, reading comprehension, spatial orientation, and social adeptness. Top scoring candidates will be invited to participate in the rest of the hiring process.
Step Three - Physical Agility Test
The candidate physical agility test, which is a pass or fail exercise to determine if minimum physical skills are met. Candidates should be in excellent physical shape and train prior to the evaluation.
Step Four - Oral Assessment
Applicants who score high enough on the written exam will be referred for further consideration to participate in the oral assessment. You will be notified via email of the exact date, time and place of the oral interview process.