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.
Some knowledge of the street system and physical layout of Alexandria, or the ability to acquire this knowledge rapidly; ability to acquire knowledge of building, housing, fire and related codes and code enforcement procedures; ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions; ability to learn a variety of firefighting duties and methods, including the operation of firefighting apparatus, within a reasonable working period; aptitude for mechanical work; conscientiousness and dependability; physical strength, agility and freedom from serious physical defects as indicated by a physical examination, and the ability to perform prolonged manual work; and the ability to perform the tasks of the class under adverse conditions.
Additional Requirements upon Successful Completion of Recruit Academy:
Must achieve the status of minimum staffing and be non-probationary before deemed fully qualified and must gain the following certifications in recruit training: Firefighter I & II; EVOC IV, Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations; NREMT-B; AHA Healthcare Provider CPR, Driver Pump Operator, Driver Aerial Operator and Introduction to Technical Rescue Module I.
Candidates who are certified as a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (NREMT-P) will be hired as a Firefighter I at the annual salary of $49,293.92. The NREMT-P candidate will be entitled to a lump sum bonus of $5,000.00 upon completion of a brief introduction to AFD Advanced Life Support Protocols. In addition, the NREMT-P candidate will begin receiving a $5,000.00 a year incentive once they begin session 2 of the ALS Internship program.
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be provided additional information regarding scheduling for the written examination. To be eligible for this 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:
Submission of online application through the applicant tracking system
Attendance at one (1) Mandatory Orientation Session
Complete and Pass Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT)
Complete and Pass Written Examination
Complete and Pass Background Investigation
Complete and Pass Credit Check
Complete and Pass Criminal Background Check
Fire Chief Interview
The Mandatory Orientation Sessions will be administered on the following dates and times. After submitting an application, all applicants will receive an email with a link to schedule a specific date and time for the orientation. All applicants must go online to SELF-SCHEDULE for one of the dates below:
DAY DATE TIME
Monday November 16, 2020 11a - 2p
Tuesday November 17, 2020 11a - 2p
Wednesday November 18, 2020 11a - 2p
Thursday November 19, 2020 11a - 2p
Friday November 20, 2020 11a - 2p
Sign-in will begin 30 minutes prior to the orientation 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 Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Each Orientation Session will last approximately 1.5 hours.
Please bring with you a valid form of identification (State Issued Driver's License, Passport) and a copy of any valid Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) Certificate you may possess. You do not have to possess a CPAT certificate to attend the Mandatory Orientation session. You will be informed of all other aspects of the Hiring Process, including how to obtain your CPAT Certification at the Mandatory Orientation.
You MUST have a mask or cloth face covering; this will NOT be provided at the location.
If you have any questions or concerns please submit an email to: Fire.Recruitment@alexandriava.gov