Clayton County Fire Department Client Story

I rely on the Wonderlic Personnel Test because it gives me the best measurement of what we’re looking for in a trainee.

Client Spotlight: Clayton County Fire Department

The Clayton County Fire Department employs 300 full-time firefighters and 15 administrative positions to serve a community of 259,736 people in Riverdale, Georgia. In addition to fires, firefighters respond to a variety of calls, including medical emergencies, natural disasters, and accidents. Firefighters in the program must also become emergency medical technicians in order to respond accurately to the range of emergency situations they face.

Personnel Test Helps Hire Versatile Firefighters

Although firefighter trainees typically begin with little experience, they are required to learn considerably more than how to fight fires. They must be able to make snap decisions, and respond to medical emergencies, natural disasters, accidents, storms, and floods.

“You can teach a person this occupation,” says Clayton County Fire Chief Mark Trimble. “But our jobs are very dynamic, and that’s the part of it you can’t teach. Much of the time, we make decisions based on little or no information. I rely on the Wonderlic Personnel Test because it gives me the best measurement of what we’re looking for in a trainee.”

All 911 calls that are not crimes are directed to the fire department, so 70-80% of what firefighters do is healthcare related says Trimble. “When we’re hiring a firefighter, we’re hiring them to become an EMT. We’re not just firefighters anymore, now we also must be medical personnel.”

“When I found the Wonderlic Personnel Test and saw all the research that went into it and all of the material they had produced, and especially the fact that the scoring is based on the Department of Labor job classifications, I knew this was the product we were looking for.”