Firefighter/medic (firefighter/paramedic)

Fairfax, Virginia
$62,666.45 - $92,589.54 Annually
Jan 11, 2020
Dec 19, 2020
Full Time
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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. 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 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 (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, such as brush trucks, boats, and support vehicles supplement the needs of the FRD. 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:
  • Conducts patient assessment (e.g., evaluates the respiratory, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems).
  • Provides basic and advanced emergency medical care to stabilize the condition of the critically ill or injured prior to transport to a medical facility.

  • Confers with the supervising physician or hospital via radio or telephone, providing the patient's medical history and condition.
  • Administers medication via intravenous, subcutaneous, intramuscular, intraosseous, or sublingual routes.
  • Administers advanced emergency medical procedures (e.g., inserting airways, interpreting and treating cardiac arrhythmias, performing defibrillation, electronic pacing).
  • Participates in multi-disciplinary cutting-edge training to prepare for tasks such as tactical emergency casualty care (TECC) and Field-Available Component Transfusion Response (FACT*R).
  • 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.
  • Drives emergency apparatus, including, but not limited to transport units, engines, trucks, rescue squads, and tankers.
  • Performs 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 .
Note: Following the successful completion of the FRD recruit training, incumbents will serve a 12-month probationary period. During their probationary period, they shall complete an ALS internship to become FRD-authorized ALS providers. The FRD also provides continuing education to personnel with paramedic certification during and following the probationary period. Following successful completion of ALS internship, paramedics are eligible for ALS incentive pay ($5,684) and additional ALS riding pay of $2-3/hour depending on the apparatus assigned.

If unsuccessful in completing the ALS internship, candidates will be moved to a firefighter position and their pay will be reduced by two steps.

To get to know us better, visit the Fire and Rescue Department's website , and follow us on Facebook , Instagram , Twitter , and our YouTube channel .

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 and Certified as a Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services EMT-P 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 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);
  • Certification as a full Advanced Life Support provider in Fairfax County
  • and in full accordance with all current County training standards;
  • Certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS);
  • Certification in International Trauma Life Support (ITLS);
  • Certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS);
  • Certification in Basic Trauma Life Support;
  • 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.
All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodation. 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.
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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