Firefighter/emt Recruit

Arlington, Virginia
$50,648.00 - $85,550.40 Annually
Apr 03, 2019
Apr 19, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

The Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD) is seeking qualified Firefighter/EMT Recruits to join our team of over 300 uniformed and civilian employees who serve a diverse and engaged community through prevention, education and professional response to all hazards.

ACFD welcomes motivated, service minded, and physically fit individuals who are committed to lifelong learning and who will display and uphold the values of the department. Our recruits perform responsible and challenging duties associated with fire suppression, rescue, basic or advanced life support, Hazmat and/or fire prevention. To learn more about the job duties of an ACFD Firefighter/EMT click here .

Joining our team as an emergency responder has unique benefits and provides challenging opportunities:
  • Working in an urban community that includes high- and mid-rise buildings, a metrorail system, single occupancy homes and apartment complexes, interstates and highways, and a major national airport;
  • Joining one of our special operations teams, such as hazardous materials, technical rescue or swift water rescue teams and/or bomb squad;
  • Serving in a wide variety of functional areas such as fire prevention, emergency communications, logistics, health and safety, human resources and training;
  • Collaborating with other regional fire and rescue departments and state and federal agencies who are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our community and region through an all hazards approach;
  • Working 10-11 shifts per month with scheduled breaks of 1-4 days;
  • Full health benefits, including a generous uniformed public safety retirement plan; and
  • Pay premiums for certifications and other specialty areas.
Candidates should review the following information on the ACFD's website before their scheduled written exam day:
  • Required background packet documentation;
  • Hiring Process
  • Written Exam Study Guide
Our Fire Department is one of the most progressive and innovative in the country having the first professional female firefighter in 1974 and forming the nation's first Metropolitan Medical Strike Team to respond to chemical, biological, and radiological terrorist attacks. We have 10 fire stations. Arlington is located right across the river from the nation's capital with a population of 235,000. Follow our link for more information about our community.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years of age by the date of the exam.

Desirable: Preference may be given to applicants who meet the following criteria:
  • Possession of Virginia EMT-I (Intermediate), EMT-P (Paramedic) Certification, or National Registry EMT-P (Paramedic) Certification.

Special Requirements

Apply today if you are interested in joining our dedicated team of employees!

The written examination session is scheduled for May 18 and 19, 2019. You will only need to attend one exam session. Details regarding our comprehensive selection process will be provided at the test. You will receive further instructions about test location and scheduling via email.

Our examination process is comprehensive with a series of qualifying requirements, examinations and steps designed to ensure we identify the applicants who will be most successful in this career field:
  • Written Examination;
  • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT);
  • Character/Background Investigation;
  • Fingerprinting;
  • Panel Interview with Fire Department;
  • Polygraph Examination; and
  • Medical/Physical/Psychological Examinations.
NOTE : Applicants who did not pass the written exam period in the Summer of 2018 are not eligible to re-take the written exam for a period of one year from their Summer test date (tests administered on dates July 23, 30, and August 6, 2018). Applicants who took and successfully passed the written exam with Arlington County given in Summer of 2018 are not required to re-take the written exam but must go through the remaining steps of the process, and are required to submit another online application.

Additional Information

Make sure we are able to connect with you throughout the hiring process by providing us with an accurate email and mailing address.

If you possess a current valid Virginia (VA) EMT-Intermediate or VA Paramedic certification you will be eligible to receive the relative premium pay upon hire as follows:
  • VA EMT Intermediate - $0.87 per hour (non-shift rate)
  • VA Paramedic - $1.73 per hour (non-shift rate)
Want more information about becoming a Firefighter/EMT? 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.
  • Visit the Fire Department's website ( ) and click on employment info under Quick Links.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Are you, or will you be at least 18 years old by the written test date (5/18 and 5/19, 2019)?
  • Yes
  • No


Will you possess a high school diploma or GED by the written test date (5/18 and 5/19, 2019)
  • Yes
  • No


Indicate if you have any of the following certifications (check all that apply):
  • EMT-I (specify state in Question 4)
  • EMT-P (specify state in Question 4)
  • National Registry EMT-P
  • None of the above


If indicated that you possess any of the certifications in Question #3, please use this space to provide name of issuing authority and information on certifications. If you do not have any of the certifications in Question #3, you may leave this space blank.


Are you willing to undergo a thorough pre-employment character/background investigation and a polygraph examination?
  • Yes
  • No


Have you ever been convicted of any criminal offense(s) in any court? A fingerprint based criminal history background check will be conducted on all applicants selected for employment.
  • Yes
  • No


Have you ever been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated or Driving Under the Influence, or any similar offense in any court?
  • Yes
  • No


If you have answered "yes" to either of the above two questions, give court, date, place, offense, and sentence for each conviction. A conviction does not automatically mean that you cannot be employed. The nature of the offense and when it occurred will be considered. Provide all information and details for full consideration to ensure your ability to continue in the process.

If not applicable, put "N/A."


Did you participate in the written examination for the Firefighter/EMT Recruit position with Arlington County, VA in the Summer of 2018?
  • Yes
  • No


I understand that:
  • If I did not pass the written exam in Summer of 2018, I am not eligible to re-test for a period of one year from the Summer 2018 test date; and
  • If I passed the written test in Summer of 2018, I do not have to re-take the written exam, however, I must participate in all of the in all of the remaining steps of the process including the submission of an online application in order to be considered further.
  • Yes
  • No


I understand that in order to proceed in the selection process, I need to be truthful and forthcoming in the information that I provide in this application.
  • Yes
  • No

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