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Fire Service Career Opportunities

Below you will find Career Opportunities throughout the Fire Service in the Commonwealth of Virginia. All listings will be posted for a maximum of 30 days unless a designated deadline is defined within the text.

Firefighter Recruit-Advanced Life Support Providers Only - Norfolk Fire-Rescue

Title Firefighter Recruit-Advanced Life Support Providers Only
Organization Norfolk Fire-Rescue
Salary Range $36,617.00 - $69,046.00 Annually
Closing Date 08/28/2014

The City of Norfolk's Department of Fire-Rescue is seeking to hire five Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate (EMT-I) or Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic (EMT-) who has the following:
•Valid Driver’s License;
•Candidates must currenly have a National Registry and/or Virginia State EMT-P or EMT-I certification and provide Certification Number and Expiration at the time of application.
•Current American Heart Association certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Providers (CPR);
•Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification; and current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification. Essential functions include but are not limited to:
•Responds to medical emergencies and performs basic and advanced life support procedures in accordance with Tidewater Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) Council protocols.
•Provides transportation of inured or ill patients to medical facilities.
•Responds to fire scenes and applies water and/or chemical agents to control and extinguish fires and performs search and rescue, forcible entry, ventilation, salvage, and overhaul.
•Responds to hazardous materials emergencies (accidental or intentional), isolates the scene, and employs effective hazard control strategies. Assists with controlling spills or leaks of hazardous products and decontamination.
•Responds to technical rescue emergencies (accidental or intentional), isolates the scene, and employs effective hazard control strategies.
•Performs search and rescue and assists in operations to affect structural and trench collapse, high angle, confined space, and water rescues.
•Responds to hazardous conditions and general service calls and employs effective hazard control strategies.
•Provides salvage and recovery support to owners and/or occupants of damaged properties.
•Drives emergency vehicles including sedans, ambulances, heavy fire apparatus, and utility/support vehicles.
•Operates fire pumps, aerial devices, breathing air compressors, and electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems.
•Operates hand tools and portable electric, hydraulic, pnuematic, and gasoline powered tools.
•Participates in fire, emergency medical, hazardous materials, technical rescue, terrorism, incident management, human relations and customer service, and other training as required.
•Participates in physical fitness/wellness training.
•Inspects, cleans, and performs preventive maintenance of emergency vehicles and associated systems, portable equipment, fire hydrants, and fire station and grounds.
•Performs other duties as directed, including but not limited to pre-incident planning, fire safety inspections, and public education.
•Upon completion of experience and training requirements, serves as acting company officer as needed.
•Completes fire, patient care, pre-incident, inspection, and activity reports.


All applicants are required to meet minimum requirements to become a firefighter in the City of Norfolk as set forth by the Norfolk Civil Service Commission. APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
»Must be legally authorized to work in the United States;
»Must be 18 years of age at the time of conditional offer;
»Must be a high school graduate or possess a GED;
»Must possess a valid operator's license;
»Must have no felony convictions, or any convictions of serious Class 1 or 2 misdemeanors, domestic violence or any acts involving moral turpitude.

Additional Information

•Work requires knowledge of a specific vocational, administrative, or technical nature which may be obtained with one year of advanced study or training past the high school equivalency.
•Junior college, vocational, business, technical or correspondence schools are likely sources.
•Appropriate certification may be awarded upon satisfactory completion of advanced study or training.
•Completion of the Tidewater Regional Fire Academy (or other fire academy training program affording the same or comparable training as approved by the Fire Chief) and the Firefighter Recruit probationary period with the Department of Fire-Rescue.

Candidates will be hired as Firefighter Recruits (36,616). Upon successfully completing the Fire Academy employee will become eligible for promotion as a Firefighter Paramedic (45,375) or Firefighter Intermediate (39, 284) after being released by the Norfolk Tidewater Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) Director to perform at the level of their certification
•Valid Driver’s License;
•Emergency Vehicle Operator;
•current certification as a Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)-Paramedic
•current American Heart Association certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Providers (CPR);
•current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification; and current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification.
•NR-EMT-P certification
•NR-EMT-I certification


Curtis Smith

Julian Williamson

Fire Rescue Captain / Shift Commander - Township of Spring Fire Rescue Services, Berks County PA

Title Fire Rescue Captain / Shift Commander
Organization Township of Spring Fire Rescue Services, Berks County PA
Salary Range $53,529.84 Yearly by CBA
Closing Date 9/05/2014

The Township of Spring is seeking applicants for the position of full-time Fire Rescue Captain. TSFRS is a progressive and professional combination career-volunteer system providing skilled EMS, Fire Suppression, Haz-mat Response, Technical Rescue, Fire Code Enforcement, Fire Investigation and Public Education/info services. TSFRS promotes the values of compassion, integrity, respect, and service in everything we do. As a Township of Spring employee, you will enjoy competitive pay and an excellent and comprehensive benefits package.


To be considered, applicants MUST meet the following minimum requirements:
• A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in fire/rescue services including 3 years of experience as a suppression officer, (Lieutenant, Captain, or above), directly supervising career Fire Rescue personnel in a career or combination department.
• Associate’s Degree in related discipline is preferred (ex: Public Safety Administration or fire/rescue related field); candidates without an Associate’s Degree will be required to have seven (7) years of experience including (3) years as a suppression officer as described above.
• Regardless of years of experience, applicants must have a demonstrated history supervisory and leadership ability in Fire Rescue Services operations management in a career or combination department.
• Pennsylvania Class C Driver’s License (if out of state license must obtain Pa Driver’s license within 6 months of hire) with satisfactory driving record
• EVOC – 16 hour course is required
• NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I
• NFPA 1021 Fire Officer II (or must obtain within 18 months of hire)
• NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector I
• NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor I
• NIMS 100, 200, 300, 700, 800
• NFPA 472 Haz-Mat Operations
• NFPA 1006 Rescue Core Certification
• EMT Certification (Pennsylvania or PA reciprocal state)

Additional Information

Candidates will also be required to be able to successfully meet all job function requirements per NFPA 1582 (2013 Edition), including successful completion of a Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) or provide certification of successful completion of CPAT from a licensed CPAT facility within the past 6 months. Candidates will be required to pass an NFPA 1582 physical (2013 Edition) and successfully complete a Criminal Background Check, FBI Fingerprint and Child Abuse clearance after employment offer is made. Before submitting resume, you must log-on to to review all Documents and print the required Candidate Selection Process and Candidate Qualifications Questionnaire with Document signature page for submission:
1) Job description
2) Essential job functions/requirements per NFPA 1582
3) Candidate selection process/criteria and signature page
4) Candidate Qualifications Questionnaire and signature page
5) TSFRS CPAT Candidate Preparation Guide
6) TSFRS CPAT Practice Guide

If interested, you must submit a letter of interest and resume and a signed copy of the Candidate Selection Process/Criteria document and Candidate Qualifications Questionnaire with Document signature page. Your resume must clearly list required certifications and experience and you must include your salary history/expectations in your cover letter or resume. If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, please indicate that in your cover letter and enclose a copy of your DD214 with your application materials. NOTE: Please do NOT send any additional documents that are not specifically requested.
Please send all required documents to:
Pat Brandenburg, Commissioner of Public Safety at
2850 Windmill Rd, Sinking Spring, PA. 19608.
Electronic submissions will not be accepted for this recruitment. Any questions concerning this recruitment may be sent to


Pat Brandenburg, Commissioner of Public Safety
610-678-5393 Extension

Firefighter/Medic Recruit - Newport News Fire Department

Title Firefighter/Medic Recruit
Organization Newport News Fire Department
Salary Range Starting Salary: $38,325
Closing Date 8/20/2014

The Newport News Fire Department and the Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue conduct a consolidated hiring process for the position of Firefighter/Medic Recruit. Candidates will have the option to be considered by either department exclusively or by both concurrently through this single process. Successful Recruit candidates will train in both fire and emergency medical services disciplines to provide first class emergency services to the citizens of Hampton or Newport News. Detailed information regarding the process and qualifications can be found on the joint website at: Applications will be accepted until August 20, 2014 at 4 PM. EOE


No previous experience is required; however, preference points are given for graduates of the Tidewater Regional Fire Academy, Advanced Life Support (EMT-I and EMT-P) certifications and Honorably Discharged veterans.

Additional Information

For additional information for the hiring process please visit
Information for the Newport News Fire Department can be found at and
Information for the Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue can be found at
Information regarding benefits for employees of each jurisdiction can be found at and

More Information


Chief Robert Craft

Fire & EMS Chief - County of Powhatan

Title Fire & EMS Chief
Organization County of Powhatan
Salary Range Negotiable up to $99,500
Closing Date 8/18/2014

Powhatan County is accepting applications from qualified candidates to serve as the County’s Fire and EMS Chief. The Chief directs all activities and programs of the Fire and EMS Department which encompasses the County’s fire, rescue, emergency medical services, and emergency management functions. The County has a combined volunteer/career system consisting of five volunteer fire companies, one volunteer rescue squad, paid career EMS staff and part-time paid career fire and emergency management staff.


This position requires a bachelor’s degree and ten or more years of progressively responsible administrative and managerial experience, including five years in a supervisory position of at least a Fire Captain in paid career capacity. Additional requirements: VDFP Fire Officer II, VDFP Fire Officer III preferred and required within one year of employment, VDFP Fire Instructor III, VDEM Hazardous Materials Operations certification or equivalent, Virginia PEM preferred and required within one year of employment, and Department of Homeland Security EMI Professional Development Series Certificate preferred and required within two years of employment. Volunteer or EMS firefighting experience preferred.

The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and demonstrated leadership and managerial skills directing a combined system composed predominately of volunteers. This position requires 24 hour on call availability, and the ability to work in extreme weather and hazardous environment conditions.

Additional Information

Salary negotiable, based on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefit package includes participation in the Virginia Retirement System, vacation, and sick leave, group life insurance, medical insurance, professional dues and conference expenses. Relocation allowance negotiable. Submit completed County application, letter of application, resume, salary history and work related references to County of Powhatan, VA, 3834 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA 23139. Position open until filled, with preference given to applications received by Monday, August 18, 2014. Official Powhatan County applications can be downloaded and printed from the County’s website at

Powhatan County is an EOE.


Linda Jones

Chief of Fire & EMS - County of Botetourt

Title Chief of Fire & EMS
Organization County of Botetourt
Salary Range DOQ
Closing Date Open Until Filled

Botetourt County is currently accepting applications for the newly created position of Chief of Fire and Emergency Medical Services to lead an evolving combination department with 12 volunteer agencies and a full-time staff of 33.

The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of Fire, EMS and emergency management. This position requires a team oriented, consensus-building leader, with a strong history of proven management experience in fire services, EMS or emergency management; 4-year degree or commensurate education and experience. Excellent written and verbal communication, budgeting, strategic planning, analytical and organizational skills are needed. Salary is negotiable; DOQ and includes a competitive benefit package.

Job Description:

Responsible for all operational and administrative aspects of Fire, EMS and Emergency Preparedness / Management. Performs complex administrative work in development and application of policy designed to facilitate efficient and effective protection of lives and property. Oversees and coordinates operations of both career and volunteer services in the best interest of the citizens. Functions under the general supervision of the County Administrator. Serves as Emergency Services Coordinator and incident commander as required. Employee may be subject to the usual hazards of emergency response work.

Requires extensive knowledge of fire and rescue services and experience working with combination volunteer/career systems and the public. Experience in developing and administering complex budgets is required. Experience coordinating with local, state and federal organizations, including but not limited to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Fire Programs, Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services. Familiarity with State, federal, and private grant application processes, CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch), public safety communications systems and principles, and standard MS Office suite of programs is desirable.

EXAMPLES OF WORK (Illustrative Only):
Serves as the overall director of Fire and EMS services for the County in order to provide these services Countywide. Serves as Emergency Services Coordinator in major emergencies. Delegates authority as required within the NIMS and ICS frameworks.
Works with the Board of Supervisors, administration and any officially designated boards, teams, commissions or committees to develop goals and objectives for the provision of a comprehensive system of emergency services.
Develops, directs and implements policies and procedures for the administration of Countywide emergency services in support of such goals and objectives and, subject to review by the Emergency Services Board or Board of Supervisors, implements such policies and procedures.
Develops, justifies and implements operational and capital budget outlay for all public safety / emergency services activities.
Develops and maintains positive working relationships and liaisons with all volunteer fire and rescue agencies.
Ensures development and implementation of a comprehensive plan for recruiting and retaining volunteer personnel.
Oversees daily operations of career emergency services.
Ensures development and maintenance of a Countywide training program designed to meet goals and objectives established by the Emergency Services Board or Board of Supervisors.
Ensures development, maintenance, and reporting of detailed response data for both career and volunteer agencies.
Develops, maintains, and exercises the County’s Emergency Operations Plan.
Develops and maintains the County’s Hazardous Materials response plan.
Develops, maintains in a constant state of readiness, and operates the County’s Emergency Operations center.
Coordinates with all departments, agencies, and groups required to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies of any size and nature.
Coordinates with the Botetourt County Emergency Communications Center / Sheriff’s Department and others as required to ensure comprehensive local and mutual aid communications required to achieve goals and objectives.
Coordinates as required with the Botetourt County Communications Center / Sheriff’s Department to maintain and activate the County’s Emergency Citizen Alert System.
Coordinates with all applicable agencies, groups, teams and other organizations to ensure local, regional and state coordination of matters related to public safety.
Ensures compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Ensures maintenance of records and timely submission of reports required by local, state and federal authorities.
Seeks grant opportunities in support of established goals and objectives; prepares and administers such grants in compliance with requirements.
Administers all emergency services related fee for service programs.
Develops, maintains and implements a system for education of the general public promoting emergency preparedness. Makes public presentations as required.
Responds to emergencies as required.
Performs other duties as may be assigned.


Comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of emergency services operations. Exceptional management, coordination and collaboration skills and the ability to communicate complex concepts in both written and oral format, including public presentations. Ability to develop and maintain accurate records and articulate findings clearly in reports. Ability to interact with and positively motivate both volunteer and career personnel in a variety of situations. Strong analytical abilities. Must have extensive experience and knowledge of Fire, EMS and Emergency Management, including volunteer systems. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Professional applications. Excellent time management, delegation and project management skills. Strong knowledge of State and Federal Fire and EMS regulations.

Four year degree or equivalent in Fire Science, Emergency Management, Public Administration, Business Administration or related advanced education in the Fire/EMS or emergency management fields. Extensive demonstrated upwardly mobile experience in fire protection, emergency management, or emergency medical services. Field response and incident command experience is required. Demonstrated ability to manage complex tasks and multiple projects simultaneously, and to work well with the public, co-workers, and superiors. Must be NIMS compliant to Emergency Manager / Command level within 12 months of employment.

Additional Information

Application, job description and benefits summary are located on the Botetourt County website: Contact Human Resources with questions (540-473-8233).

Candidates should submit a completed application form, cover letter with salary requirement and resume to:

Botetourt County
Human Resources
5 West Main St, Suite 200
Fincastle, VA 24090
or e-mail to
(Reference Chief in the subject line).

Preference will be given to applications received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, June 2, 2014. Position remains open until filled.

Botetourt County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Human Resources
Last Updated: Thursday, August 21, 2014