This announcement is open on a continuous basis, with the first cutoff date for receipt of applications on August 25, 2005. The second cutoff date for receipt of applications is on December 8, 2005. Applications received after August 25, 2005 will be processed with applications received by the December 8, 2005 deadline.

The Arlington County Fire Department is an all-hazards/emergency medical services department that provides all-hazards response to our community with highly skilled people who care. With this philosophy, a Trainee learns and performs emergency medical services as well as firefighting and other hazards response in a combination of classroom and on-the-job training. Emphasis on emergency medical services is reflected in duties of a full fledged Firefighter/EMT, such as driving an EMS unit or other fire related vehicle and providing both basic and advanced life support levels of medical emergency medical services. In addition, a Trainee may have the option to select the fire suppression or emergency medical services career track. Other duties include: responding to fire calls, assisting in fire investigations, conducting fire prevention inspections and hazardous materials rescues, and facilitating training sessions on a wide variety of fire topics. During the twenty-two weeks in Fire Recruit School, the Trainee will be located at the Fire Training Academy as well as the various Fire Stations within Arlington and the City of Falls Church.


Visit the Fire Department's website -
Visit any one of our ten Fire Stations (specific locations can be found in our website) and our uniformed staff will be glad to answer any of your questions.
Call the Fire Department's 24-hour phone line at (703) 228-4678, leave a clear message, and a member of the Fire Department's Outreach Team will return your call in a timely manner.

Qualification Requirements:
Minimum: Graduation from high school or completion of GED at time of application. Must be 18 years old at time of cut off date (see above information).

Desirable: Preference will be given to applicants with Virginia EMT-I or EMT-P Certification, or National Registry EMT-P Certification.**

Special Requirements:
Must possess a valid driver's license from the applicant's place of residence at time of appointment. (Employees are not required to live in Virginia).
Arlington County requires that all new uniformed Fire Department employees sign an agreement that they will not smoke or use smokeless tobacco products on or off the job during their tenure of employment.
Must be in good physical condition, with the ability to do prolonged and physically strenuous work under hazardous conditions.
By the end of the first year, the Trainee must successfully complete Fire Recruit School and the Firefighter/EMT Trainee written test, and receive a satisfactory Employee Performance Appraisal to move to the full performance position of Firefighter/EMT I.
At the end of Fire Recruit School, the Trainee will be certified at the level of Firefighter I, Firefighter II (HazMat Operations), and EMT-Basic.
The Trainee may have the option to select the fire suppression or emergency medical services career track.
From the date of status change to Firefighter/EMT I, the employee must successfully complete a probationary period of one year.
To achieve permanent status, the employee must pass a probationary test during the probationary period and receive a satisfactory Employee Performance Appraisal.

Additional Information:
*NOTE: The salary for this position is currently under review.

**Those hires possessing ALS Certification will have the opportunity to move quickly into the EMS career track.

EXAMINATION PROCESS: Once the application is accepted, applicant must pass a series of qualifying examinations.

Written Examination - Multiple-choice aptitude test. A study guide will be made available to qualified applicants prior to the testing date.

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) - A work sample test similar to duties performed by Firefighters/EMTs. Applicants will receive a voluntary self-study pre-conditioning guide, view the CPAT video demonstrating the tasks to be performed prior to the testing date, and be invited to attend 8 weeks of structured practice sessions.

Character/Background Investigation - The comprehensive Character/Background Investigation questionnaire will be distributed to applicants during the written test to complete and return within a specified amount of time. An extensive background investigation will be conducted by the Fire Department on those applicants who pass the CPAT. The investigation will cover the following areas: accuracy of information on application material; credit history, honesty, integrity and reliability of the applicant; criminal history; traffic history; involvement with illicit drugs. Applicants who do not successfully complete this portion of the selection process will not normally be allowed to reenter the applicant process.

Note: The background investigation will be conducted concurrently with all other steps in the selection process. An applicant may be disqualified at any time during the selection process based on a review of background investigation information.

For those applicants who are ALS certified, the background investigation will cover verification/confirmation of ALS certifications.

Panel Interview with Fire Department Applicants will respond to interview questions designed to assess knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the job.

After conditional offer of employment is extended, the following steps will occur:

Medical/Physical/Psychological Examinations - This step includes drug screening, hepatitis, and HIV testing, and other screening examinations as deemed appropriate. The County adheres to the medical standards established by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 1582.

Applicants should note the following:

A good driving record and a clean criminal history are essential.
Applicants engaging in any activity that would support a felony conviction are unlikely to receive favorable consideration.
Recent convictions for D.U.I. or D.W.I. or Reckless Driving, as well as multiple convictions for Speeding or other moving violations may result in disqualification.
Incomplete and/or inaccurate information on the background information questionnaire may be cause for rejection.

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