Firefighter (firefighter/emt With Experience)

Fairfax, Virginia
$59,711.72 - $102,128.50 Annually
Jan 15, 2022
Sep 07, 2022
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 who meet one or more of the following criteria: currently employed as a Firefighter/EMT, or employed as a Firefighter/EMT with at least 2 years of experience and separated in good standing within 5 years at time of application, or currently certified Fairfax County volunteer Firefighter/EMT, or currently certified Volunteer Firefighter/EMT with at least 5 years of experience, for an abbreviated recruit school (up to 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 (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 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.

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.

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Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)

  • Knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, departmental policies and procedures, standard operating procedures, training manuals and safety bulletins;
  • Knowledge of the purpose and operating characteristics of various nozzles, hose connections, and master stream devices;
  • Knowledge of the friction loss/carrying capacity characteristics of various fire hose sizes/types;
  • Knowledge of the chemistry and physics of fire, fire hazards, fire causes, and fire suppression;
  • Knowledge of fire behavior, especially involving the likelihood of extension;
  • Basic knowledge of mechanics and hydraulics;
  • Basic knowledge of the chemical and physical properties of fire, smoke and heat;
  • Ability to understand and use a variety of modern firefighting and emergency medical
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions;
  • Ability to apply judgment and deductive reasoning to information about fire situations, recognize the relevancy of each item of information, reach logical conclusions, and adopt an effective course of action using accepted techniques;
  • Ability to define operational problems and devise appropriate solutions
  • Ability to remain composed in difficult or stressful situations requiring emergency action, and to make sound decisions promptly under emergency conditions;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and accurately, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to organize ideas and present them effectively;
  • Ability to read, understand and apply job-related, written material;
  • Ability to learn streets, hydrant locations, location of target hazards, geography, and similar information concerning the response area to which assigned;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;
  • Ability to accept constructive criticism;
  • Ability to utilize computers, the computer-aided dispatch system, and related equipment;
  • Sufficient hand-eye coordination and dexterity to operate and regulate Fire Department pumps and perform physical firefighting tasks that involve tying knots, raising and climbing ladders, and connecting and disconnecting hose couplings and other hose appliances;
  • Ability to drive pumping apparatus and perform firefighting tasks that involve pulling, lifting and carrying;
  • Ability to do strenuous firefighting work for occasional extended periods of time, and to change from a state of rest to a state of strenuous activity in a short period of time;
  • Ability to effectively use the Electronic Patient Care Report (ePCR) handheld device.

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.

The successful candidate(s) possesses one of the following:
  • Currently employed as a Firefighter/EMT, or
  • Formerly employed as a Firefighter/EMT with at least 2 years of full-time experience and separated in good standing within 5 years at time of application, or
  • Currently certified Fairfax County Volunteer Firefighter/EMT, or
  • Currently certified Volunteer Firefighter/EMT with 5 years’ experience

The successful candidate(s) possesses all of the following certifications:
  • Firefighter I & II NFPA Pro Board, VDFP, or IFSAC validated.
  • Virginia Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT)
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 100
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 700
  • Hazardous Materials First Responder-Operations

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.
  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • 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.
  • All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Successfully pass the following evaluation steps:
  • Application review
  • Personal History Statement and Documents Review
  • Written Exam
  • Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT)
  • Polygraph Evaluation
  • Medical Examination
  • Psychological Profile Evaluation
  • Eligible for Virginia Emergency Medical Services certification

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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