Civil Service Commission

Committee Members:

Stephen Korhn, Esq., Chairman

Norm Walker, Member

Julie Fitzenrider, Member

Carrin Homan, Clerk



The Civil Service Commission typically meets the third Monday of each month at 5:15 p.m. at 631 Perry Street, Defiance, Ohio.   Alternate meeting dates may be selected to accommodate schedules and are advertised as required.



The City of Defiance Civil Service Commission is testing to establish an eligibility list for the position of full-time firefighter/paramedic.  The National Testing Network is being used to administer the entry level test.  To fill out an application and schedule a test, go to, select Firefighter and sign up for the City of Defiance Fire Department.


  • All applications (including any DD214 information) and testing must be completed prior to March 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.


Candidates need a minimum of 70% on reading, math, mechanical and human relations sections of the National Testing Network exam.  Each candidate must score at least a 60% on the Work Attitude Questionnaire (WAQ).  Candidates may also receive Veteran Preference Credit as outlined in the Civil Service Commission Rules Section 50.16.   This additional credit will only be added to a passing score.

Candidates must complete the Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) and they must also complete the physical agility requirement by successfully completing the Firefighter Mile through the National Testing Network within one year prior to the application deadline of March 31, 2021.

After completing the testing processes, candidates who meet all the required testing levels will be presented to the Defiance Civil Service Commission who will certify a list of those eligible.  The ranking will be based on testing scores and would include any additional Veteran Preference Credits for those eligible.  Candidates on the list will receive a letter with their ranking on the list.


NOTE: Please be advised Ohio Revised Code Section 124.41 provides no person may receive an appointment to the position of police officer after obtaining the age of thirty-five.  However, the City’s Codified ordinances state No person is eligible to receive an original appointment as a police officer or firefighter on or after his or her thirty-seventh birthday and no person shall be disqualified as over age prior to that time.”


Any questions can be directed to the City of Defiance, Civil Service Commission Clerk at 419-783-4350 or