Deadline: February 19, 2016
Salary: $45,801.60 Annually
“Preserving the Past, while Innovating our Future!”
The Alexandria Fire Department will be conducting Mandatory Orientation sessions for this position. Please continue reading this announcement for further details.
A Firefighter I performs entry-level firefighting duties including the safe and efficient operation of fire and EMS apparatus and equipment, provides medical care to the level of a basic emergency medical care technician, performs fire-suppression activities, conducts pre emergency analysis, maintains equipment and grounds, performs public education in fire prevention, and participats in the physical-fitness program.
The work is performed on a shift basis and is done in accordance with instructions and a well-defined routine. Considerable time is spent in the special and routine maintenance of equipment and apparatus and in the routine care of buildings and grounds. Work is normally performed under close supervision, and is inspected in process and upon completion by a Fire Lieutenant or Fire Captain.
Examples of Work
• Responds to and participates in firefighting, medical emergencies, auto extrications, hazardous materials incidents, technical rescue incidents;
• Safely drives and operates fire engines, ladder trucks, heavy rescue squads, medic units and other specialized apparatus;
•Supplies water from hydrants and static water sources and maintains proper pressure to supply lines, attack lines, master streams, foam devices, fire protection systems, and operates aerial ladder devices;
• Duties also include forcible entry, ventilation, deployment of ground ladders, utility control, elevator rescue, search and rescue, railroad and metro emergencies, natural disasters, terrorism and WMD responses, communicating with portable radios, and operation of detection and suppression systems;
•Maintains a ready physical condition per department guidelines in order to be able to respond to the incidents listed above, to include strength, aerobic and flexibility conditioning;
•Performs and evaluates necessary maintenance and cleaning of department vehicles, equipment, and tools to assure a constant state of readiness;
• Maintains and inventories necessary supplies;
•Trains and participates in drills for firefighting, medical emergencies, auto extrications, hazardous materials incidents, technical rescue incidents;
•Trains to safely drive and operate fire engines, ladder trucks, heavy rescue squads, medic units and other specialized apparatus to emergency scenes;
•Trains to supply water from hydrants and static water sources and maintain proper pressure to supply lines, attack lines, master streams, foam devices, fire protection systems, and operate aerial ladder devices;
•Drills on SCBA use, forcible entry, ventilation, deployment of ground ladders, utility control, elevator rescue, search and rescue, railroad and metro emergencies, natural disasters, terrorism and WMD responses, communicating with portable radios, and operation of detection and suppression systems;
•Learns and maintains skills related to computers and computer technologies;
• Maintains required certifications at City, State and Federal levels;
•Attends City required courses/classes;
•Maintains area familiarization of target hazards to include high risk locations such as nursing homes, assisted living, special needs facilities, schools, hospitals, federal buildings, industrial facilities (ex. ethanol plant), water plants and historical buildings;
• Maintains area and building familiarization to include building construction, water supply, utilities (gas, electric, water), access, security, suppression and detection systems;
•Maintains public-relations through fire house tours, neighborhood and City events, school visitations, smoke detector installations and education activities;
•Provides public fire education training to students in Alexandria schools, both public and private and to the citizens of Alexandria;
•Performs facilities and grounds maintenance and readiness including but not limited to safety checks, sanitation of premises, housekeeping, snow removal and lawn maintenance;
•Performs related work as required.
About the City
The City of Alexandria is located in Northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 140,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria is a unique and historic place that is experiencing substantial urban redevelopment opportunities as a result of a high market demand for urban living in a quality environment. About one-quarter of the City square miles has been designated as a national or local historic district. Thousands of buildings in these districts are monuments to the past, while being actively used by citizens for homes, businesses and museums.
About the Department
The Alexandria Fire Department provides fire, and emergency medical services with capabilities for responding to a wide range of occurrences, including fire protection to a 15 square mile city. We employ more than 250 professionals, which include firefighters, paramedics, fire prevention staff and administrative support. A network of ten stations protect 15 square miles. Among the department’s specialized teams are the Northern Virginia Regional Hazardous Materials Team, Technical Rescue Team, and the Marine Operations.
Minimum & Additional Requirements:
Applicants must have a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED); must be 18 years of age at the time of application; must have a valid driver’s license at the time of application; must be able to establish employment eligibility in accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 after conditional employment offer.
For applicants who have earned the National Registry Paramedic Certification or Virginia EMT-Intermediate Certification:
These applicants will be hired as Firefighters at the salary of $45,801.60. Upon successful completion of recruit school (6 months) and for those who elect to begin the Alexandria Paramedic internship program (2 months later), they will be placed at either $53,015 (for those with a Paramedic certification) or $50,489 (for those with an EMT-Intermediate certification).
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be provided additional information regarding scheduling for the written examination. In order to be eligible for the 2016 examination, each applicant must submit a completed application online, and maintain the email account designated in the application. Notices will only be delivered via the email address you used to apply for the position. Please update your profile if there are changes to your personal information. The application must be completed and submitted online via the City of Alexandria website.
Condition of Employment:
All persons selected for the Firefighter I position must agree to sign a Condition of Employment:
Maintain Virginia Emergency Medical Technician – Basic, Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate or Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic certification that meets or exceeds the minimum standard adopted by the Department.
Maintain a driver operator license for class of vehicle specified by the Fire Chief.
Maintain at least an overall satisfactory on annual Performance Evaluations.
Participate in and successfully complete a mandatory Physical Fitness Program as designed by the Fire/EMS Department.
Successfully complete Recruit School, the probationary period (1-year), and the Recruit Study Guide under guidelines established by the Fire Chief.
Required to meet and maintain NFPA 1582 medical standards.
This position requires the successful completion of each of the following pre-employment hiring steps:
1 Submission of online application
2 Attendance at One (1) Mandatory Orientation Session
3 Complete and Pass Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT)
4 Complete and Pass Written Examination
5 Complete and Pass Background Investigation
6 Complete and Pass Credit Check
7 Complete and Pass Criminal Background Check
8 Psychological Evaluation
9 Polygraph Evaluation
10 Panel Interview
11 Medical Examination
12 Fire Chief Interview
The Mandatory Orientation Sessions will be administered on the following dates and times. You must go online to SELF SCHEDULE for one of the dates below.
DAY DATE TIME
Saturday February 20, 2016 9:00 a.m.
Sunday February 21, 2016 9:00 a.m.
Monday February 22, 2016 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday February 24, 2016 7:00 p.m.
Saturday February 27, 2016 8:00 a.m.
Saturday February 27, 2016 10:30 a.m.
Sign-in will begin 30 minutes prior to the examination starting time. No one will be admitted after the Orientation session has begun so please plan accordingly.
The location for all Mandatory Orientation sessions is:
The Nannie J. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314.
The Orientation will last approximately 1.5 hours. Please bring with you valid identification and a copy of any valid CPAT Certificate you may possess.
You will be informed of all other aspects of the Hiring Process at the Mandatory Orientation.
If have any questions or concerns please submit an email to: Fire.Recruitment@alexandriava.gov.
The City of Alexandria is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. If you require reasonable accommodations to proceed in the selection process, please contact the Recruitment Section at (703) 746-5276 prior to the scheduled event.
How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.