Parkersburg police, fire departments taking applications

PARKERSBURG – Both the Parkersburg Fire Department and the Parkersburg Police Department are accepting applications to create a list of eligible candidates for future positions.

Each department has one position open, officials said.

The job openings at the two departments are unrelated, and just happen to be seeking qualified candidates at the same time.

The Parkersburg Police Department has exhausted its list of qualified applicants, and needs to create a new one, said Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin.

The civil service test to become part of the eligibility list will take place on the second floor of the Parkersburg Municipal Building on Jan. 11 at 10 a.m., said Martin.

Applications to take the exam are due by Jan. 8, he said. Applications can be found online at or are available at the police department on the third floor of the Parkersburg Municipal Building.

Applicants for the police department need to be between the ages of 18-40 at the time of their application. Applicants must be able to complete 27 sit-ups in one minute, 18 push-ups in one minute, and run 1.5 miles in less than 15 minutes, 20 seconds, said Martin.

These requirements have been established by the West Virginia Law Enforcement Training Commission, said Martin.

The list of applicants will be used to fill the vacancy, and to fill future vacancies as they become available, he said.

Any officer who has prior West Virginia officer’s certification and is hired from this list will be given a bonus of $2,500 once the probationary period is concluded, said Martin.

The Parkersburg Fire Department is accepting applications from 18-to-35-year-olds, said Parkersburg Fire Department Capt. Tim Flinn. Applicants who meet the requirements will be considered for the open position, as well as future positions, said Flinn.

The civil service test to become eligible for the fire department will be conducted Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Parkersburg South High School cafeteria, said Flinn. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Dec. 30 to take the exam, said Flinn.

Applications can be found on the website at and are available at the personnel department on the fifth floor of the Parkersburg Municipal Building, said Flinn. A $15 testing fee is due with the application.

Candidates who pass the Civil Service Exam should be prepared to take an extensive physical exam, said Flinn. This exam will include a 1.5-mile run, push-ups, sit-ups, balance and flexibility components, mannequin carry, 65-foot ladder climb, hose pull and a house maze with a blacked-out face mask, said Flinn.

Those who pass the physical test will require a background check, medical exam, driving record check, and others, said Flinn.

Hired applicants will receive base wages of $36,000 annually, and must complete a three-year Joint Apprenticeship Training Program to become a journeyman firefighter, said Flinn.