Becoming a Fire Medic

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Fire Medic

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Interested in a Career as a Fire Medic? 

Do you think you may be interested in becoming a fire medic? A career in the City of Fairfax Fire Department is very rewarding and provides an environment where each day has new challenges. You will work with dedicated fire and EMS professionals (both career and volunteer) as well as citizens who share your goal of making the community with a superb quality of life. As an individual and as a member of a highly respected team, our expectations are high, because we strive to have the very best that can really make a difference.

The basic qualifications to be considered for a career position as a fire medic or firefighter EMT with the City of Fairfax include:

  • A legal resident of the United States.
  • A minimum of 21 years of age by the date you are hired.
  • A valid high school diploma, or have a valid G.E.D. certificate.
  • You must have a valid drivers license with no restrictions (vision correction or related excepted) in your current state of residence. If you will be relocating to Virginia, you must be able to obtain a valid Virginia drivers license upon appointment.
  • Virginia FFII Certification or equivalent (Non Virginia certificates must have ProQual Board or IFSAC endorsements, and will require Virginia reciprocity within the first year of employment)
  • Virginia Emergency Vehicle Operator (EVOC) or equivalent
  • NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Operations (Virginia preferred)
  • Virginia Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate (fire medic) or Basic (firefighter) (National Registry will be recognized but will require conversion to Virginia as a condition of employment)
  • No felony criminal convictions, convictions of domestic assault, or conviction that would prohibit your possession of a firearm.
  • Be of good moral character, honest and possess values that are consistent with the requirements of the City of Fairfax Fire Department
  • You must have the ability to speak, understand and write English clearly.

Want to Get Started on Your New Career? 

First, you should check the job openings and submit an application.

Once city personnel office receives your application, it will be forwarded to the fire department for a review to make sure you meet the basic qualifications. If qualified, you will be scheduled to take the written applicant test and work performance exam. Exam sessions are scheduled twice a year, typically on the third Saturdays in March and September. You will receive notification about the test date, time, and where to report.

You will need to score 70% or higher on the written exam to move on to the work performance exam and complete it under 10 minutes 47 seconds.  This is a practice session of the work performance exam.  However, if you complete the session within the time limit it will be counted as your test.  If you do not complete the session within the time limit, you will be given a test date to complete the work performance exam.  You must pass either the practice session or the test to continue in the employment process.

Once you have passed the written exam, you will be given a personal history statement packet to complete and return to the fire department. The Personal History Statement requires you to list information about yourself that will be used to conduct your background investigation and to evaluate you for the position. This information includes such things as your educational background, any military service, the location of your current and past residences, credit information and personal references. Return your completed packet to the fire department following the instructions sent with the packet.

Once your personal history statement packet has been received the fire department will begin a reference check and preliminary background investigation. During this time you will be in regular contact with members of the fire department who will be asking you follow-up questions and will be available to discuss any questions you may have.

Once the preliminary background investigation step is concluded, recommended candidates are selected to take part in the interview phase. During this phase you will be scheduled to meet with a panel of fire department staff and asked to respond to several general questions.  If you are recommended by the interview panel you will then take an online EMS exam.  This exam will be administered by fire department personnel and taken by all potential employees that are recommended by the panel.  You will need to score 70% or higher to be considered for employment. 

The complete background investigation has many components, including:

  • Contacting your references.
  • Contacting your previous employers.
  • Obtaining your educational transcripts.
  • Scheduling you for a pre-polygraph interview and polygraph exam.
  • Reviewing your driver’s license transcript.
  • Checking criminal history and arrest records

If selected for employment after completion of all of the phases of the process, you will be given a conditional job offer. If you accept it, you will be scheduled for your physical and polygraph exam. If you successfully complete your physical and polygraph exams as well as your complete background investigation, you may then be offered a position with the City of Fairfax Fire Department.

You can expect the entire process to take from three to six months from the time you first apply to the completion of the process.