Firefighter/EMT: Fairfax County Virginia

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Salary: $55,671.82 – $90,685.09 Annually

Job Description:


Fairfax County is a diverse urban county with over 1.1 million residents which boasts a top-notch school system, safe neighborhoods, extensive parklands and bustling town centers. This urbanizing county has a history of stable political leadership, effective citizen engagement and outstanding service delivery. 

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) is a premier all-hazards fire and rescue department providing basic and advanced life support (ALS) emergency medical care, fire suppression, technical rescue, hazardous materials, water rescue, life safety education, fire prevention, and arson investigation services. Approximately 1,400 highly-trained uniformed personnel work in 38 strategically placed fire and rescue stations. The FRD operates via three 24-hour rotating shifts. The FRD includes 38 ALS engines, 14 ALS trucks/towers, 8 ALS rescue squads, 5 tankers, a hazardous materials unit, a hazardous materials support unit, and 42 medic units. Several types of apparatus support the needs of the FRD, e.g., brush trucks, boats, and support vehicles.  Additionally, the FRD is home to VATF-1, one of two internationally deployable Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Teams in the United States.

Duties include:

  • Respond to fire alarms and other emergency calls to protect life and property.
  • Combat, extinguish and prevent fires.
  • Participate in rescue extrication operations and provide emergency medical care to the sick and injured
  • Drive emergency apparatus, including, but not limited to, medic units, engines, trucks, rescue squads, and tankers.
  • Perform related work as required under direct supervision.
  • Participate in Community Risk Reduction and Community Outreach activities.
  • Work as part of a team and embody the department’s Core Values (Download PDF reader).

Note:  Following the successful completion of the Fire and Rescue Recruit training, incumbents will serve a 12 month probationary period. The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) has modified the Firefighter/EMT applicant process to include those who possess their National Registry Paramedic or Virginia Paramedic certifications. Applicants with paramedic certifications are encouraged to apply. FRD affords applicants with paramedic certification the ability to become authorized advanced ALS providers either during or following completion of the probationary period. FRD also provides continuing education to personnel with paramedic certification during and following the probationary period. Following completion of an ALS internship, incumbents are eligible for additional compensation.

For more information on the department, visit the Fire and Rescue Department’s website. and YouTube channel.Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to high school graduation or possession of a GED issued by a state department of education.


  • Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver’s license at the time of application, and at all times during employment in the uniformed service.
  • Following successful completion of Fire and Rescue recruit training:
    • Certification as a Commonwealth of Virginia Emergency Medical Technician.
    • Certification as a Hazardous Materials First Responder in accordance with Fairfax County training standards.
    • Certification in the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course.
    • Certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automatic electronic defibrillation.
    • Successful Completion of Incident Command System 100 and 700 class.
  • Must be 18 years old at the time of application.
  • Must be tobacco-free and nicotine-free at the time of appointment, and be willing to sign a Conditions of Employment Agreement to not use tobacco or tobacco products on or off-duty.
  • No driving suspensions or more than one moving violation within the last twelve months.
  • Must be drug free for the past twelve months.
  • Must successfully complete Fire and Rescue recruit training.
  • Applicants selected must be able to obtain a Class A medical rating in the assigned medical group prior to starting work.  Personnel must maintain a Class “A” medical rating in the assigned medical group prior to starting work. For Class “B” and “C” medical ratings, accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A Class “D” medical rating will not be considered.
Successfully pass the following evaluation steps:

  • Application review
  • Personal History Statement and Documents Review
  • Written Exam
  • Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) Preparation
  • CPAT Exam
  • Polygraph Evaluation
  • Medical Examination
  • Psychological Profile Evaluation

All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodations. Employee must be able to:

  • Reach above shoulder,
  • Work with body, bent over at waist, kneel, crawl, climb stairs & ladders,
  • Work with arms extended, work with arms above shoulder level,
  • Stand, sit, push and stoop
  • Work in tight and/or within closed spaces.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.


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


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