Training Opportunities

Annual Recertification Requirements

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 techniques often referred to as Specialty Rescue. While Marietta's recruits are introduced to the skills required for these advanced rescues, many will not be equipped to complete a certification class until they have several years of experience in the fire service. The specialty rescues include the following certifications: 

  • Rope Rescue
  • Confined Space
  • Vehicle Crash Extrication/Rescue
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Tactical (SWAT) Paramedic

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:

Fire Marshal's Office

  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Investigator
  • Fire Safety Educator
  • Fire Plans Examiner


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


  • Tactical (SWAT) Paramedic
  • Paramedic

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.