Career Opportunities

City of Kenton Fire Benefits

2 weeks Vacation after completion of first year of service
Vacation increases to 5 weeks based on years of service.
2 Personal Days 
A minimum of 3 weeks of Sick Leave annually (carried over)
Up to 72 hours of Compensatory Time
11 Paid Holidays
Medical Mutual Health Insurance w/prescription - for you and your family
Delta Dental with orthodontia benefit - for you and your family
VSP Vision Insurance - for your and your family
Life Insurance and AD&D - $50,000 (double indemnity)
1.800MD Telemedicine
EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
Ohio Deferred Comp
Certification/Training Opportunities
Uniform Allowance
Overtime Opportunities
Certification Pay
Associate Degree in Fire Science - Additional Pay
Captain in Charge Differential Pay
Call-in Pay
Member of International Association of Firefighters (IAFF)

Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund
City contributes 24% to your retirement

The City of Kenton offers full testing services for the position of Firefighter through the National Testing Network (NTN). To register with NTN and schedule a test, go to, select ‘Find Jobs’, then select Firefighter Jobs and sign up for City of Kenton. 

When you visit the website:

  • Complete the NTN registration process and schedule your test.
  • Review all information related to City of Kenton Firefighter, including minimum requirements, salary, and benefits.
  • Review detailed information about the testing process.
  • Review the Frequently Asked Questions and take an online practice test (if desired).

Upon completion of your scheduled exam, scores are automatically forwarded to the City of Kenton. Candidates who attain a passing score on the entry level exam will be placed on the City of Kenton's eligibility list. The City of Kenton will contact candidates on the list and will invite them to participate in further stages of the selection process.

National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry level testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace the City of Kenton’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process. All candidate results are provided to City of Kenton where the final decisions are made.

Applicants taking the NTN exam must also complete Steps 1 and 2 below, prior to the posted close date on NTN.

1. Complete the Job Application Packet. 

Click each link below to electronically complete the forms. 

Police & Fire Employment Application 
Authorization for Release of Personal Information

2. You must upload the below forms to the NTN website prior to the posted close date.  You may also choose to return the forms to 

111 W. Franklin Street, Kenton, fax to 419-674-2383, or email to prior to the posted close date:

  • Draft Registration and/or DD214 (if applicable)
  • Certification from Fire & EMS Schooling/Training

3. The next step in the process is the Physical Agility Test. You will be contacted to schedule this test.

4. If you pass the physical agility test, an interview will be scheduled. 
You must bring the below documents with you  to your interview: 
  1. Birth Certificate
  2. High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  3. Social Security Card
  4. Ohio Driver's License
  5. Selective Service Card

Failure to complete all of the above steps in the requested time period will result in your disqualification. 

Minimum Requirements for Kenton Fire Department:

  1. At least 18 years of age.
  2. Must be under 41 years of age to receive original appointment.
  3. Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  4. Possess a valid Ohio Driver's License.
  5. No felony convictions. 
  6. Pass a background check, physical examination and a physical agility test.
  7. Pass Firefighter written exam.
  8. Must be a U.S. Citizen and a resident of the State of Ohio

Firefighter Program: In order to become employed as a firefighter, an individual must successfully complete a Firefighter I training course through a chartered program and receive a certificate of course completion. Firefighters will be required to obtain Firefighter 2 and EMT-Basic certifications. 

Firefighter Program options near Kenton:
Owens Community College
Vantage Career Center
Apollo Career Center
Ohio Fire Academy
Clark State College

EMS Certification options near Kenton:
Owens Community College
Rhodes State College
Apollo Career Center
Vantage Career Center
Clark State College