Employment with the Fire Department



***Update 24 April 2015***  – The CPAT schedule has been updated to include candidate arrival dates/times for the next timed practice.  Candidates who are successful at passing CPAT (during timed practice or on the official test day), will be sent for fingerprinting on the same day and will be scheduled for interview in the week that follows.  Please see the link below to access the updated CPAT schedule, which includes requirements and instructions for the upcoming sessions. If you have submitted a signed CPAT Waiver form, waiving the general and/or timed practice sessions (as you have selected), then you have waived the requirement for you to participate in the respective general and/or timed practice portion of the program. Continue to check this website as well as your email often for pertinent information and updates.

For candidates who have been scheduled for interview, please note that there is no street parking or parking on the grounds of the Arlington County Fire Training Academy (FTA).  However, there is a parking deck across the street that requires a parking pass, which you can acquire at the FTA.  In the event of the need for additional parking, a public parking garage is available approximately 2 blocks away at the Campbell Parking Garage, 4250 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA  22206.  Due to parking constraints, please allow yourself ample time to make parking arrangements and arrive at the FTA for interview no less than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.

***Update 1 April 2015***  – If you are a candidate in the current recruitment process for Firefighter/EMT who holds the following certification(s) and did not include it in your background packet, please send a copy of the certification via email scan/attachment to firerecruitment@arlingtonva.us as soon as possible.  The certifications are:  EMT-I (Intermediate), EMT-P (Paramedic), NREMT-I (Intermediate) or NREMT-P (Paramedic).  This request is for the aforementioned certifications only – not EMT-B.  Thank you.

*** Update 19 March 2015 ***  – The CPAT practice program began on Sunday, March 22, 2015, and candidates who have passed the written exam for Firefighter/EMT are encouraged to participate in the CPAT practice sessions.  Candidates will receive orientation and hands-on familiarity with the actual CPAT test apparatus.  Peer Fitness staff will also be available to offer suggestions for exercise routines to assist in preparation for the actual CPAT test. If you have submitted a waiver form, please note that it does not preclude you from participating in the practice program. IAFF CPAT guidelines require the following attire: shirt, long pants/sweats, footwear with closed toe and heel, and no watches or restrictive jewelry (this attire is required for access to the CPAT course).  Applicants who show up in any other attire will not be permitted to access the CPAT course (this includes general practice, timed practice and the official CPAT test).  Please bring your photo identification with you. See the links below for the full CPAT schedule and other relative information.

The Arlington County Fire Department is always looking for qualified people to join our team. However, the application period for Firefighter/EMT Recruit is now closed. To be notified of the next opening, submit the online form.

The Arlington County Fire Department is committed to providing an inclusive work environment that attracts the best-qualified applicants. We use targeted recruitment procedures and best practices.