Become a Hudson Firefighter

The Hudson Fire Department is always accepting applications. They are kept on file until the Chief makes the decision to hire new firefighters. 

See the information below to learn about being a Hudson Firefighter.
Firefighter at Car Fire

Hudson Firefighter Job Description

Primary Functions

  • Respond to fire and other emergency calls to protect life and property under the direction of the Fire Chief or commanding officer of the Hudson Fire Department including but not limited to:
  • Responding to fire alarms.
  • Assisting in fire suppression, rescue, entry, ventilation, and salvage.
  • Assisting in cleanup and overhaul after emergency calls.
  • Assisting in checking, testing, and maintaining apparatus and equipment.
  • Responding to emergency calls which may involve various functions such as extrication, control of hazardous materials, etc.
  • Performing other tasks as assigned by the Fire Chief or officer in charge.


  • Either residency within the City of Hudson or at least 32 hours per week of employment within the City, so long as the employer gives permission, in writing, for the employee to respond to emergency calls during working hours.
  • Possession of valid Ohio driver's license.
  • Minimum 18 years of age.
  • High school graduation certificate or GED. 
  • Complete a 36 hour certified Ohio Volunteer Firefighter course through the Hudson Fire Department and pass the State of Ohio test within one year of appointment.
  • Annual compliance with the minimum required hours of training and alarm responses as stated in the HFD Rules and Regulations and by the State of Ohio.
Must pass a standard Hudson Fire Department physical examination determining fitness to complete the following requirements and then show the ability to:
  • Drive and operate fire vehicles and equipment.
  • Climb and operate off all ladders in use by the fire department.
  • Climb multiple flights of stairs with full turnout gear.
  • Perform heavy lifting such as carrying a 50 foot, 5" hose, or dragging an adult victim during a rescue with full turnout gear.
  • Walk long distances over rough terrain in full turnout gear. 
  • Stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl as when seeking victims in a smoke-filled location.
  • Communicate through speech, hear spoken commands and hear the differences between bells, buzzers, sirens, horns, etc.
  • Operate in a smoke-filled and heated environment while wearing self-contained breathing apparatus and full turnout gear.
  • At probation completion the ability to don full turnout gear in 1 minute or less.