Recruitment & Testing

What can I do to increase my chances of being considered for employment?

  • Take your EMT-Basic; see for dates and class locations.
  • Maintain your physical fitness
  • Contact Cattaraugus County Office of Emergency Services for information on how you can join a local volunteer fire department: (716) 938-2213
  • Preference is given to candidates who reside in the city you are seeking employment for one month prior to the examination date.

To qualify for Permanent Appointment as a City of Olean firefighter:

  • Apply for and take Cattaraugus County’s Civil Service Firefighter Examination which is utilized by the City of Olean and Salamanca.
  • Successfully pass an agility test and physical.
  • Have a favorable interview score.
  • Be selected as a Probationary Firefighter.
  • Successfully complete the Recruit Fire Fighter Training Program at the New York State Fire Academy in Montour Falls, NY.
  • Complete your EMT-Basic within one year of appointment.