Firefighter: Charlottesville Virginia Deadline: September 14, 2017


Deadline: September 14, 2017

Salary: $30,992.00 – $61,318.40  Annually

Job Description:


Typical starting pay is $13.84 an hour for a 56-hour workweek with additional pay given for EMT-Intermediate or EMT-Paramedic certification and experience.

Performs responsible service work in fire suppression and prevention; does related work as required. Work is performed under the regular supervision of a company and/or shift commander. Primarily and most frequently the work done here is under general supervision, with related functional areas and more advanced applications.

Applicants will be provided further testing and process information by email after the position has closed.
– The email will include detailed information about the recruitment process, written exam, physical agility exam, Personal History Questionnaire, and other pertinent information.

Regarding the written examination: There will be only one exam date scheduled. There will be no make-up date. The date, time, location, required documents to be completed and/or brought to the exam day, and the process for the written exam day will be provided by email as stated above.

Position requires passing a written and physical agility exams as well as successful completion of  further pre-employment evaluations such as: panel interviews, Chief interview, polygraph, and background investigation. The Virginia State Office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) requires all employees of State EMS Licensed Agencies to be in compliance with Virginia State Administrative Code 12VAC5-31-910 (Criminal or Enforcement History). These regulations define “certain crimes which present an unreasonable risk to public health and safety” and as such, any individual convicted of the crimes listed as barrier crimes within these regulations are not employable as a firefighter/EMT.

All requests for special exam accommodations due to disability will be honored where possible but must be made in writing, must arrive no later than the closing date, and must include verification of disability, and state the form of accommodation which is requested. This request must be sent to:
Galloway Beck
Director of Human Resources
City of Charlottesville
605 East Main Street
P.O. Box 911
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

  • Responds to alarms, drives and operates equipment and related apparatus and assists in the suppression of fires, including rescue, advancing lines, entry, ventilating and salvage work, extrication and emergency medical care of victims;
  • Performs cleanup and overhaul work, establishes temporary utility services;
  • Assists in maintaining and repairing fire apparatus and equipment, and cleaning fire station and grounds;
  • Checks fire hydrant flows;
  • Makes fire code inspections of business establishments and prepares pre-fire plans;
  • Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls, inspects for gas leaks, secures vehicle accidents, etc.;
  • Participates in continuing training and instruction program by individual study of technical material and attendance at scheduled drills and classes;
  • Conducts station tours for the public, school and community demonstrations and program;
  • Answers, receives and transmits radio and telephone messages;
  • Perform related tasks as required.

Education, Experience and Skills

Minimum Qualifications:
– Any combination of experience and training equivalent to graduation of high school or GED equivalent.

Special Requirements:
– Must be at least 18 years of age by hire date. (Virginia State Administrative Code 12VAC5-31-1200. Minimum Age of EMS Vehicle Personnel.)
– Possession of a valid appropriate driver’s permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. (Individuals with a negative point balance may not be considered for employment; To view our driving eligibility requirements, go to the ‘About City Jobs’ section of our FAQs on the HR webpage)
– Must agree to and sign a “no tobacco/smoking’ contract.
– After one year of service Virginia Firefighter II and Virginia Emergency Medical Technician – Basic Required.

Skills: General knowledge of elementary physics, chemistry and mechanics; general knowledge of technical fire fighting principles and techniques; and principles of hydraulics applied to fire suppression; general knowledge of the street system and physical layout of the City; general knowledge of emergency care methods, techniques and equipment; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with fellow employees and the public; ability to keep simple records prepare reports; possession of mechanical aptitude; ability to perform heavy manual labor; skill in the operation of heavy emergency equipment.

Physical Conditions & Work Contacts

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach and stretch with hands and arms with a full range of motion.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; jump; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk and taste or smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 175 pounds. Wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus is required and each employee must be able to pass a fit for seal test.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, in high precarious places and confined spaces. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electric shock and vibration. The employee is often exposed to excessively high temperature intensities and sudden temperature changes.
The noise level in the working environment is usually moderate, except during certain firefighting or EMT activates when noise levels may be loud.  The employee may be required to work rotating shifts, and is considered essential emergency personnel. Any personnel in this position are required to work during emergency situations and are subject to be recalled to work at any time.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

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