Firefighter (firefighter/emt)

Fairfax, Virginia
$59,711.60 - $102,128.62 Annually
Jan 14, 2023
Dec 15, 2023
Full Time
Job Announcement

One of the most Dynamic Counties in the Nation

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

About the Department
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) received a Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO) in 2014 and was accredited through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) in 2018. The FCFRD is a premier all-hazards fire and rescue department providing basic and advanced life support (BLS and ALS) emergency medical services (EMS), fire suppression, technical rescue, hazardous materials response, water rescue, life safety education, fire prevention, and arson investigation services. Approximately 1,400 highly trained uniformed personnel work in 39 strategically placed fire and rescue stations. FCFRD field personnel work one of three 24-hour rotating shifts. The FCFRD staffs 38 ALS engines, 14 ALS trucks/towers, eight ALS rescue squads, five tankers, a hazardous materials unit, a hazardous materials support unit, and 42 emergency medical transport units. Several other types of apparatus, such as brush trucks, boats, and support vehicles supplement the needs of the FCFRD. Additionally, the FCFRD is home to VATF-1/USA-1, part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) response system, and one of two internationally deployable Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Teams in the United States.

Duties include:
  • Responds to emergency calls to protect life and property;
  • Combats, extinguishes, and prevents fires;
  • Participates in rescue extrication operations and provides emergency medical care to the sick and injured;
  • Provides basic and advanced emergency medical care to stabilize the condition of the critically ill or injured prior to transport to a medical facility;
  • Drives emergency apparatus, including, but not limited to transport units, engines, trucks, rescue squads, and tankers;
  • Conducts patient assessment;
  • Performs related work as required under direct supervision;
  • Participates in Community Risk Reduction and community outreach activities; and
  • Works as part of a team and embodies the FRD's Core Values.

Note: Following successful completion of recruit school, incumbents will serve a 12-month probationary period .

Learn more about the Fire and Rescue Department by visiting our website, and by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and our YouTube channel.

Illustrative Duties

Fire Suppression
  • Responds to fire alarms and a variety of emergency calls
  • Connects hose to hydrant, and pulls and deploys pre-connected hose lines;
  • Wearing self-contained breathing apparatus and protective clothing, enters burning buildings with hose lines
  • Operates a nozzle and places a stream of water on a fire
  • Mounts and operates master stream appliances from an aerial ladder or elevating platform
  • Ventilates burning buildings by opening windows/skylights or by opening holes in roofs/floors
  • Positions ventilation fans to safely inject fresh air and exhaust heat, smoke, and gases
  • Performs salvage operations (e.g., removes fire debris and water, locates hidden fires, and operates shut-off valves for gas, electricity, oil and water)
  • Operates chemical and hand extinguishers
  • Raises, lowers, and climbs ladders
  • Uses radio and computer-aided dispatch equipment
  • Drives motorized apparatus in emergency and non-emergency conditions
  • Operates fire pumps at proper pressures and flows
  • Searches for victims in burning, smoke-filled buildings or other hazardous environments;
  • Removes persons from danger
  • Performs heavy rescue operations
  • Administers first aid to injured persons
  • Takes vital signs and stabilizes patient
  • Collects pertinent information for patient assessment, including the patient's medical history
  • Conducts assessment for treatment of a patient with trauma-induced injuries
  • Performs water rescues from land and boats
  • Assists in the search and recovery of drowned victims
  • Operates emergency lighting appliances
  • Operates self-contained breathing apparatus in hazardous environments and confined spaces
  • Identifies and protects flammable or hazardous materials at fire scene
  • Restores apparatus and equipment to service after use
  • Refills self-contained breathing cylinders
  • Maintains specialized fire equipment and protective gear
  • Studies area geography, street names and locations, target hazards, pre-plans, water supply, and other firefighting resources
  • Studies building construction to identify structural weaknesses and fire behavior
  • Instructs citizens in fire prevention and life safety techniques
  • Examines building plans for pre-fire planning purposes
  • Pre-plans for fires in residential areas to provide information regarding hydrant locations, exposures, types of occupancy, and areas of high life or monetary loss risk
  • Pre-plans for fires in industrial and commercial buildings to provide information regarding location of hydrants and standpipes, building layout, hazardous material storage, occupancy patterns, and structural information
  • Participates in the inspection of businesses and public places for fire and life safety hazards
  • Inspects wiring and heating systems, basements, and attics of residences, and recommends ways to eliminate fire hazards
  • Inspects storage of hazardous and flammable materials and refers unsafe practices to the Fire Prevention Division
  • Inspects heating, cooling, ventilating, and electrical systems in commercial buildings and refers unsafe practices to the Fire Prevention Division
  • Inspects exits at public assemblies to ensure they are clearly marked, operate properly, and are clear of obstructions
  • Prepares inspection reports
  • Recognizes and preserves evidence on the causes of fires
  • Performs public relations duties (e.g., teaching school children about fire safety)

Emergency Medical Services
  • Drives a Basic Life Support Unit or Advanced Life Support Unit in response to emergency calls, transporting victims to a medical facility
  • Conducts primary and secondary patient survey
  • Provides and assists in rendering emergency care, such as opening and maintaining a victim's airway, giving positive pressure ventilation and cardiac resuscitation in a pulseless, non-breathing patient, controlling hemorrhages, treating for shock, immobilizing fractures, bandaging wounds, assisting in childbirth, and initiating poison and burn treatments
  • Performs triage assessment in a multi-casualty incident
  • Inspects scene of poisoning or drug overdose to determine nature of poison, and identifies antidote or treatment procedure
  • Treats a range of injuries requiring emergency care techniques within the scope of an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Assists in the extrication of entrapped victims, using prescribed techniques and appliances for removing the patient safely
  • Assures prompt medical care on delivery by reporting via radio, directly to the emergency department or control center, the nature and extent of injuries or the medical situation, as well as the estimated time of arrival
  • Performs routine preventive maintenance on the rescue vehicle
  • Stocks and maintains and participates in the inventory of supplies and medical equipment in the vehicle
  • Participates in medical equipment checks.

In Each Functional Area
  • Attends training sessions, participates in drills, and participates in the physical fitness program;
  • Performs housekeeping tasks in fire stations and on the grounds of fire stations
  • Utilizing computers and other related equipment, maintains records as necessary and completes incident reports
  • Participates in firefighting, rescue, and EMS duties

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, 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 (EMT);
  • Certification in Hazardous Materials Operations- Mission Specific in accordance with Fairfax County training standards;
  • Certification in Virginia Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) in accordance with Fairfax County training standards; and
  • Certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) Basic Life Support Provider .
  • Successful Completion of Incident Command System (ICS) 100
  • Successful Completion of Incident Command System (ICS) 700

  • Regardless of area of assignment, all uniformed fire and rescue personnel that are medically qualified for field duties as a firefighter must maintain a level of fitness sufficient to enable them to participate in fire suppression and rescue activities when the need arises, as demonstrated by successful completion of the Fitness Measurement and Assessment Program (unless granted light duty due to illness or injury)
  • Must successfully complete a criminal background investigation, a polygraph examination, and a physical ability test prior to appointment
  • 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
  • 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.

The employee must be able to:
  • Reach above shoulder
  • Work with body, bend over at the waist, kneel, crawl, climb stairs & ladders
  • Work with arms extended, work with arms above shoulder level, stand, sit, push, and stoop
  • All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodation

Successfully pass the following evaluation steps:
  • Application review
  • Personal History Statement
  • Written exam
  • Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) Preparation
  • CPAT exam
  • Polygraph evaluation
  • Medical examination
  • Psychological profile evaluation
  • Must complete fingerprints or background check with VA OEMS for eligibility to hold an EMS certification

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home ( Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others ) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status 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.

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