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Arlington, Virginia
$56,284.80 - $95,056.00 Annually
Jul 16, 2021
Jul 29, 2021
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:
  • Background Packet Documentation
  • Hiring Process
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 9 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: To sit for the exam, applicants must be within 6 months of acquiring a high school diploma or GED, and at least 17 years and 6 months of age. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and 18 years of age by date of hire.

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 tentatively scheduled for mid-to-late August, 2021. Please understand that due to the current public health crisis dates will be subject to last minute changes. You will receive further instructions via email at a later time with more specific information regarding test dates, registration instructions, test site location, test day logistics, and safety protocols. You will only need to attend one exam session. More details regarding our comprehensive selection process will be provided at the test.

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 in September 2020 are not eligible to re-take the written exam for a period of one year from their last test date. Applicants who took and successfully passed the written exam with Arlington County given in September 2020 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.

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