Firefighter Emergency Medical Technician (FF/EMT) Recruit
The Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD) is an all-hazards and emergency medical services department that provides all-hazards response to the community. The FF/EMT I Recruit/Trainee is a full-time, paid, uniform, entry-level position in ACFD. The FF/EMT I Recruit/Trainee learns and performs firefighting, emergency medical services, fire prevention and related emergency and all-hazards skills in a combination of classroom and on-the-job training.
- Firefighting, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and all-hazards response.
- Emergency medical services (EMS) and firefighting.
- Operating apparatus and equipment (fire trucks and ambulances).
- Participating in fire prevention activities (public education, inspections and pre-fire surveys).
- Attending drills, training and study classes.
- Participating in a physical fitness program.
- Participating in inspecting, maintaining and cleaning equipment and the fire station.
- Participating in other related duties and assignments.
- High school diploma or GED at time of written examination.
- At least 18 years old at time of the written examination.
- Good physical condition.
- Must be able to provide a valid driver’s license from place of residence at time of appointment (employees are not required to live in Virginia).
- Ability to complete Fire Recruit School and Probationary FF/EMT I training.
- Ability to do prolonged and physically strenuous work under hazardous conditions.
- Must be able to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States.
- Work Hours: The FF/EMT works an average of ten (10) 24-hour shifts per month on a rotating basis.
- The FF/EMT receives 11 paid holidays per year and Inauguration Day, but must work holidays when scheduled.
- 24 hour shifts, 7am-7am on a rotating 3’s and 4’s schedule (Northern Virginia Schedule)
- 3 days of work (24 hrs) with one day off in between, followed by 4 day break.
- See a sample calendar month here
- All required uniforms and equipment provided by ACFD.
- Health – CIGNA plans or Kaiser’s HMO
- Dental – Delta Dental Plan
- Workers’ Compensation
- Life Insurance
- Long Term Care
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Language Pay
- Metro/Mass Transit
- Vision Care
- Live Where You Work Grant
- Arlington Credit Union
- Employee Assistance Program
- Tuition Reimbursement
- College Savings Plan
* Enhanced benefits for Public Safety employees; 457 Deferred Compensation (which is County-matched up to $20 per pay period and allows the employee to set aside up to $19,500 in pre-tax earnings for retirement, employees over the age of 50 or within 3 years of retirement may contribute more); 401A and Roth 457B after-tax Deferred Contribution available; DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan).
Special Requirements/Additional Information
Must sign a “Condition of Employment” agreement. Arlington County requires that all new uniformed Fire Department employees be non-smokers and non-smokeless tobacco product users and sign an agreement stating that they will not smoke or use smokeless tobacco products on or off the job during their tenure of employment. A good driving record and a clean criminal history are essential.
Applicants engaging in any activity that would support a felony conviction may not be eligible for employment as a Firefighter. Convictions for DUI/DWI, Reckless Driving or Hit and Run, as well as multiple convictions for speeding or other moving violations may result in disqualification. Incomplete and/or inaccurate information in the background package may result in disqualification.
More Information About Becoming a Firefighter/EMT
Call the Fire Department 24-hour Hotline at 703-228-0098. Leave a clearly spoken message and telephone number, and a member of the Fire Department Outreach Team will return your call. Visit any of our 9 fire stations and our uniformed staff will be glad to answer any of your questions.