Frequently Asked Questions about the Firefighter/Paramedic Recruitment
Q: Is the Department currently accepting
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am a Nationally Registered Paramedic; will I be paid as a firefighter or
FOR THOSE APPLICANTS WHO HAVE THEIR NATIONAL REGISTRY PARAMECIC OR VIRGINIA
These applicants will be hired as Firefighters at the
salary of $45,801.60. 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)
I need Emergency Medical Services experience in order to be considered?
A: No. Previous experience is not required. All factors are considered when you apply,
such as work history, education, the ability to work in a team environment and
the desire to serve the public in all facets as a Firefighter/EMT.
Will negative points on my driving record affect my chances of being
Yes. These will be examined
on a case by case basis. If you have
more than negative four
your driving record, this could hurt your chances in our process. Check with your local jurisdiction to see how
to reduce your negative point total.
Once I have completed the process, will I be hired?
A: This is a competitive
process, and not all candidates can be hired for recruit school.
many candidates do you plan to hire during your next recruitment process?
A: This number varies
from year to year. It is dependent upon
the number of firefighter vacancies there are, as well as budgetary considerations
at the time of hiring.
I have successfully passed the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) with
another jurisdiction, can I be exempt from your CPAT?
A: You may be exempt from
having to take our CPAT as long as you can provide valid documentation, with
verification, of having successfully passed CPAT with a jurisdiction licensed
under the IAFF and IAFC.
Certificates are not valid after one year. Your CPAT must have been
completed before the date of our scheduled CPAT Test.
Q: What entry exam will be used?
this time the CWH Next Generation Entry-Level
Firefighter/EMT Aptitude Test will be used for the entrance exam.
What are the working hours?
A: Currently, Recruit
School is approximately 24 weeks. While
in Recruit School you will be required to work 8 hour days, five days a
week. Upon graduation, you will be
assigned to a station and will go on shift work. The shift is 24 hours a day, approximately 10
days a month. This is the equivalent to
a 56-hour work week.
am a Firefighter in another jurisdiction.
Do you accept lateral transfers without competition?
No. We do not accept
lateral transfers. All applicants are
required to complete a competitive process.
am in the military and want to start the process, when should I apply?
A: We recommend you apply
6-12 months prior to your end time in service.
You will need to be available to complete all scheduled events because
failure to do so will disqualify you from the current process. When possible, we will make an attempt to work
with military candidates to try to give them a fair chance to make all
scheduled events in the process.
you need to be a citizen of the United States to apply?
do not need to be a U.S. citizen; however you must present official
documentation that you are legally eligible to work in the U.S.
I need to be a resident of Virginia or the City of Alexandria in order to work
for the AFD?
A: No. We have no residency
you consider applicants who have had legal or drug use issues in their
issues will be handled on an individual basis.
However, you will be disqualified if you are not truthful about these
issues on your application or any time during the selection process. We cannot hire anyone who has been convicted
of a felony. Any recent drug use may be a disqualifier.
can I find out if a medical condition is not allowed under National Fire
Protection Association regulations?
A: You may inquire with
the Fire Department’s Human Resource Manager to clarify any questions about the
medical conditions not allowed under NFPA 1582 regulations.
Q: I wear glasses, will this disqualify me?
A: We follow NFPA 1582
regulations on medical allowances. This
will be evaluated by a doctor who will determine if your vision meets the standards. Eye glasses and contacts are allowed.
currently possess a Virginia EMT-I (Medic Intermediate) license or a NREMT-P
(National Registered Paramedic) license.
Does this help me in the hiring process?
Yes. These will be
considered along with other education and training.
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