Firefighter (firefighter/emt With Experience)

Fairfax, Virginia
$56,840.99 - $92,589.54 Annually
Jan 11, 2020
Dec 19, 2020
Full Time
Job Announcement

One of the Most Dynamic Counties in the Nation

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) is accepting applications for full-time career firefighter/EMT's or equivalent with at least two years of career experience or a Fairfax County volunteer graduate with at least two years of full-time equivalent volunteer experience for an abbreviated recruit school (10 weeks in duration).

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. The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) is dedicated to being the best community-focused fire and rescue department ensuring a safe and secure environment.

About the Department:
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) 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 FRD is a premier all-hazards fire and rescue department providing basic and advanced life support (BLS and ALS) emergency medical, 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 38 strategically placed fire and rescue stations. FRD field personnel work one of three 24-hour rotating shifts. The FRD 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 medic units. Several other types of apparatus, such as brush trucks, boats, and support vehicles supplement the needs of the FRD. Additionally, the FRD is home to VATF-1/USA-1, part of the 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 basic emergency medical care to the sick and injured.
  • 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.
  • Work as part of a team and embody the department's Core Values .
Note: Following the successful completion of the Fire and Rescue Recruit training, incumbents will serve a 12-month probationary period.

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 (EMT).
  • Certification as a Hazardous Materials First Responder in accordance with Fairfax County training standards.
  • Certification in the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC).
  • Certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic electronic defibrillation (AED).
  • 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 test (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;
  • 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.
The successful candidate(s) possesses one of the following:
  • Currently employed as a career firefighter or equivalent with at least two years of full-time experience, or
  • Formerly employed as a career firefighter or equivalent with at least two years of experience and separated in good standing within two years of time of application, or
  • a Fairfax County volunteer graduate with at least two years of full-time equivalent volunteer experience.
The successful candidate(s) possesses all of the following certifications:
  • Firefighter I & II NFPA Pro Board or VDFP -validated
  • Virginia EMT or National Registry EMT
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic Electronic Defibrillation (AED)
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 100
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 700
  • Hazardous Materials First Responder - Operations
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC)
Note: Certifications must be valid at the time of conditional job offer and maintained through the duration of the FRD recruit academy. Failure to do so may result in disqualification from the hiring process or dismissal from the academy.

All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodations. The 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.
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
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 status as a veteran 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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