Firefighter/EMT I Recruit: Arlington Virginia Deadline July 7, 2016


Firefighter/EMT I Recruit

Deadline: July 7, 2016

Salary: $48,006.40 – $81,078.40 Annually

Job Description:

Please provide your actual social security number when applying for this recruitment. Since we do not accept duplicate applications, please ensure that you submit a complete application.

The Arlington County Fire Department is an all-hazards/emergency medical services department that provides all-hazards response to the community with highly skilled people who care. With this philosophy, a Recruit learns and performs emergency medical services as well as firefighting and other hazardous responses in a combination of classroom and on-the-job training. Emphasis on emergency medical services (EMS) is reflected in duties of a full-performance Firefighter/EMT, such as driving an EMS unit or other fire related vehicle and providing both basic and advanced life support (BLS and ALS) levels of emergency medical services. Other duties include but are not limited to: responding to fire/emergency incidents, administering tactical emergency casualty care (warm zone care), assisting in fire investigations, conducting fire prevention inspections and technical/hazardous materials and swift-water rescues, and facilitating training sessions on a wide variety of fire topics.

 Selection Criteria:

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from high school or completion of GED at time of test date. Must be 18 years old by date of written exam.  Must complete supplemental questionnaire (appears as part of the online application).  Duplicate applications will not be accepted!  PLEASE be sure to read the job announcement and application carefully and submit accurate, complete, and up-to-date information on your application.  You will receive confirmation of receipt of your application to the email address you provide on your application.


a) Preference may be given to applicants with Virginia EMT-I (Intermediate), EMT-P (Paramedic) Certification, or National Registry EMT-P (Paramedic) Certification.

b) Preference may be given to applicants who are Veterans.

Please note the following:

• Applicants should immediately begin to obtain all items to be submitted as part of a complete background package but do not submit the package until you have been notified of successfully passing the written exam. Full details regarding background package content and deadline for submission are available on the Fire department’s website.

 Special Requirements:

• Must possess a valid driver’s license from the applicant’s place of residence at time of appointment. (Employees are not required to live in Virginia).

• Arlington County requires that all new uniformed Fire Department employees sign an agreement that they will not smoke or use smokeless tobacco products on or off the job during their tenure of employment.

• Must be in good physical condition, with the ability to do prolonged and physically strenuous work under hazardous conditions.

• Must successfully complete the requirements of Fire Recruit School.

• After successfully completing Fire Recruit School, the Recruit must pass a probationary test and receive a satisfactory Employee Performance Appraisal.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application.  Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are required for this position. Please do not give “see resume” as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 Additional Information:

EXAMINATION PROCESS: Once the application is accepted, applicants must pass a series of qualifying examinations.

• Written Examination – Multiple-choice aptitude test. As noted below a study guide is available online.  There will be two exam sessions per day for this recruitment and these sessions will be held on August 6 and 7, 2016. Qualified applicants will only need to attend one exam session and will receive specific instructions via electronic mail about test scheduling for an exam session. Candidates will have the option to choose and self-schedule their testing date and time on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Applicants will be responsible for ensuring that the Human Resources Department and the Fire Department have an accurate email and mailing address in order to provide you with important information throughout the hiring process.  

NOTE: An Exam Study Guide is available for your review and is provided by IO Solutions.  Please refer to page 13 of the Exam Study Guide and note that it is required for applicant social security numbers to be included on specific test materials.  For accuracy and tracking purposes, in order to be credited with a test score, your social security number on test materials must match exactly with the social security number on your application.

• Character/Background Investigation – An extensive background investigation will be conducted by the Fire Department on those applicants who pass the written exam. This includes providing fingerprints.  The investigation will cover areas such as: accuracy of information on application and background questionnaire materials; credit history; honesty, integrity and reliability of the applicant; criminal history; driving record history; and involvement with illicit drugs.

Applicants who have been notified of successfully passing the written examination must submit a complete background package which must be received in the Fire Chief’s Office no later than close of business, Friday, September 9, 2016.   Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin to collect all documents for the background packet at the time of application.  Links to the background instructions, check-list of items that are to be included in the complete background package at the time of submittal and the questionnaire can be found at   Do not send any documents, copies, or attachments separately.  This includes criminal history reports, driving records, transcripts/diplomas, etc.  All items must be submitted together by the candidate as a complete background package.

Note: The background investigation will be conducted concurrently with all other steps in the selection process. A candidate may be disqualified at any time during the selection process based on submission of an incomplete background package or a review of background investigation information.  Please submit all documents in one package for the character/background investigation.

For those applicants who are ALS certified, the background investigation will cover verification/confirmation of ALS certifications.  Please include a copy of your EMT-I, EMT-P or National Registry EMP-P certification in your background package.

• Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) – A work sample test similar to duties performed by Firefighters/EMTs. Applicants will have on-line access to a voluntary self-study pre-conditioning guide and will be able to view the CPAT video on the Fire Department’s website and on the day of the written exam, demonstrating the tasks to be performed.  Candidates will be provided structured practice sessions over an eight (8) week period.

• Panel Interview with Fire Department – Candidates will respond to interview questions designed to assess knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the job.

After a conditional offer of employment is extended, the following steps will occur:
• Polygraph Examination.

• Medical/Physical/Psychological Examinations – This step includes drug screening, hepatitis and HIV testing, and other screening examinations as deemed appropriate. The County adheres to the medical standards established by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 1582.

During the twenty-four (24) weeks in Fire Recruit School, training will be conducted at the Fire Training Academy as well as the various Fire Stations within Arlington and the City of Falls Church and potentially at out-of-state facilities for a period of up to one week.

Want more information about becoming a Firefighter/EMT I Recruit?  Click below for more specific details about the Fire Department, this recruitment, including an overview of the hiring process, and to obtain the required downloadable documents.
1  Visit the Fire Department’s website (

2  Call the Fire Department’s 24-hour phone line at (703) 228-4678, leave a clearly spoken message and telephone number, and a member of the Fire Department’s Outreach Team will return your call in a timely manner.

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

City’s Website Click HERE

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