We will be accepting online applications beginning Monday, February 8, 2016. The application process will remain open until Friday, February 19, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Applications will be accepted ONLY online
through NeoGov. You will need to set up an account if you have not applied in
Neogov previously. If you have previously applied to another agency or
for another position with the City of Alexandria, you will need to enter your
NeoGov username and password. An email address is necessary to apply
online. Upon completion and submittal of your application, you should
receive an email notification stating your application has been received. To apply
online click "Firefighter I"and then click on the
"Apply" link. If this is the
first time you are applying using our online job application, you will need to
create an account and select a username and password. After your account has
been established, you can build an application by clicking on the "Build
Job Application" link. This application can be saved and used to apply for
more than one job opening.
To go to the Job Opportunities website click here.
Thank you for your interest in the Alexandria
Contact the Recruitment
Alexandria Fire Department
900 Second Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: (703) 746-5276
The Alexandria Fire
Department employs more than 250 professional personnel, which includes firefighters,
paramedics, fire prevention staff and administrative support. A network of ten
stations protects 15 square miles. Among the department's specialized teams are
the Northern Virginia Regional Hazardous Materials Team, Technical Rescue,
Marine Operations and the Special Operations Team. Our mission is to plan for and deliver
responsive and caring emergency service, mitigate emergencies and disasters,
prevent the loss of life, protect property and enforce applicable construction,
fire, and building maintenance codes for the City residents and the general
public in order to maintain and enhance public safety. We are dedicated to our community, to our profession and to each other.
The Firefighter I is a full
time, paid, uniform entry-level position in the Alexandria Fire
Department. The starting annual salary
is $45,802. The Firefighter I
recruit learns and performs firefighting, emergency medical services and fire
prevention in a combination of classroom and on-the-job training.
THOSE APPLICANTS WHO HAVE THEIR NATIONAL REGISTRY PARAMEDIC OR VIRGINIA
These applicants will be hired as Firefighters at the
salary of $45,802. Upon successful completion of recruit school (6
months) and for those who elect to begin the Alexandria Paramedic Internship
program (2 months later), they will be placed at either $53,015 (for those with
Paramedic certification) or $50,489 (for those with EMT-Intermediate)
- Firefighting and Emergency
Medical Services (EMS)
- Participating in Fire
Prevention activities (inspections, public education, pre-fire building
- Operating Apparatus and
- Attending drills, training
- Participating in physical
- Maintaining ,
cleaning, and inspecting equipment and
- Other related duties and
- Have a high school Diploma
- Minimum of 18 years of age to
- Valid motor vehicle
operator’s license with no restrictions
- NO Felony Convictions
Applicant Selection Process
You do not have to be a United States citizen
to work for the Alexandria Fire Department; however you must present official
documentation that you are eligible to work in the U.S. There is no residency
requirement to apply. The selection process consists of the following steps and
may take up to a year to complete.
- Submission of online application
- Application Screening
- Written exam and Candidate Physical Abilities Test
- Communication of Eligibility via
- Practice CPAT (Candidate Physical Abilities Test)
- Background Questionnaire and Ongoing background Investigation
- CPAT Official Test
- Psychological Evaluation
- Polygraph Evaluation
- Fire Chief Interview
You must be smoke-free at the time of
appointment, and be willing to sign a Conditions of Employment Agreement to not
smoke on- or off-duty.
Mandatory Orientation Sessions will be administered on the following dates and times. You will receive notice on when and how to self-schedule within a few days of submitting your online application.
Mandatory Orientation Dates and Times are as follows:
Saturday, February 20, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, February 21, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, February 22, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 27, 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, February 27, 10:30 a.m.
Location: Nannie J. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
CPAT (Candidate Physical
Abilities Test) ORIENTATION VIDEO.
THE WRITTEN EXAM The written examination includes, but is not limited to reading comprehension, basic math, physics and grammar. Applicants must obtain a passing score to continue with the process. The AFD utilizes the CWH Next Generation Entry-Level Firefighter/EMT Aptitude Test. Upon passing, applicants will be required to complete a Background Questionnaire.
ENTRANCE EXAMINATION STUDY GUIDE
BACKGROUND QUESTIONNAIRE – To complete the Background
Questionnaire, applicants must download the Questionnaire and submit it for
review by the due date provided by the AFD. The entire Background Questionnaire must be
completed. Any inaccurate, untruthful,
or misleading statement(s) in the Background Questionnaire will be cause for
disqualification from the selection process.
CPAT (Candidate Physical Abilities Test)
Departments using CPAT as a condition of hire must give all candidates an
opportunity to attend at least two (2) CPAT orientation sessions practice at
least eight (8) weeks preceding the test. During these sessions, candidates
will receive hands-on familiarity with the test apparatus and receive guidance
on specific conditioning regimens and techniques to help prepare for the test.
In addition Departments must ensure that each candidate has an opportunity to
perform two timed trial runs of the CPAT within 30 days of the test. A candidate may waive
all of the fore-mentioned program components and be eligible to participate in
a CPAT test. Such a waiver shall only be acceptable if it is in writing, and is
made on a wholly knowing and voluntary basis.
Candidates are recommended to attend both
orientation (practice) sessions and the timed practice runs during the eight
week mentoring period. Our current CPAT location is 14725 Flint Lee Road
Chantilly, Virginia 20151. All candidates during practice, timed practice runs,
and testing must wear long pants. Shorts are PROHIBITED. Sport shoes and t-shirts are acceptable with the long
pants we supply the vest, helmet, and gloves. All candidates need to make
every effort to arrive on time for all sessions. The Department will ensure you
have the opportunity to warm up prior to receiving hands on instruction from
the Peer Fitness Trainer.
DOCUMENT REVIEW AND CPAT
(Candidate Physical Abilities Test). The completed Background Questionnaire and
all required items must be submitted for approval. Any inaccurate, untruthful, or misleading
statement(s) in the Background Questionnaire will be cause from
disqualification from the selection process.
The Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) is given at least eight weeks
from passing the written test.
THE POLYGRAPH EVALUATION is conducted by a
certified polygraph examiner through the Security Secrets, LLC. The polygraph
evaluation (Psychophysiological detection of Deception) measures the accuracy
of information provided during the selection process. All
applicants must review and sign an authorization for release of personal
information prior to the administration of the polygraph. All applicants must review and sign a
conditional offer of employment prior to the polygraph, medical and
THE PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE
conducted by the Law Enforcement Psychological Services Inc. This evaluation measures the psychological
suitability for a career in the Alexandria Fire Department. It consists of
several written tests and a structured clinical interview.
THE PANEL INTERVIEW will be conducted by AFD
Fire Officers and Supervisors.
THE MEDICAL EXAMINATION - National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA) code 1582 is the standard for our medical examinations. You must pass your medical exam to continue in the
FIRE CHIEF INTERVIEW is conducted by the Fire
Chief of the Alexandria Fire Department.
Firefighter Applicant Disqualifiers
The following are considered disqualifying
factors, which shall result in non-selection for employment opportunities in
uniform positions with the Alexandria Fire Department.
- Conviction of any felony
- Conviction of initiating a false
alarm as an adult
- Conviction of arson or arson-related
- Commission of undetected crimes of a
serious or repetitive nature
- Conviction of any crime against a
person entrusted to his/her care or protection in which the victims is a
patient or is a resident of a health care facility.
- Any punitive discharge from the
military: including Bad Conduct and Dishonorable discharge; from any military
- Any founded charge of child abuse or
- Inclusion on either the National Sex
Offender Public Website or the Virginia State Department of Social Services’
Child Protective Services Registry
- Permanent revocation of EMS
certification or license in Virginia or any other state; and disciplinary or
enforcement action by Virginia or other state EMS office or other recognized
state or national healthcare provider licensing or certifying body in the last
- Untruthfulness, the withholding of
information, or deliberate inaccuracies, on any application, interview or
paperwork, or cheating on any examination or testing associated with the
While illegal drug use is highly
discouraged, it is not an automatic disqualifying criterion. Recent illegal
drug use and frequency of drug use will be examined at multiple stages of the
process and may result in non-selection.
The City of Alexandria is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. If you require special accommodations
to proceed in the selection process, please contact the Recruitment Section at
(703) 746-5276 prior to the scheduled event. Please inform us of any changes to
your address, email or phone number to ensure proper notification for each
exam. Please make sure you update your SPAM to accept emails from Alexandria