If you are interested in a position with the Alexandria Fire Department check below for information regarding the application process.

Page updated on Dec 15, 2021 at 1:40 PM

The application process for the Alexandria Fire Department is currently closed. If you would like to receive an email notification when our process reopens, please complete a job interest formFor questions about recruitment and the application processes, please contact AFD's recruiters at

When the process is open, applications will be accepted 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 submission of your application, you will receive an email notification stating your application has been received. To apply online, click the job title you are interested in and then click 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.

Thank you for your interest in the Alexandria Fire Department. 

Contact the Recruitment Staff 

Alexandria Fire Department
Recruitment Section
900 Second Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Telephone: (703) 746-5276


AFD Overview

The Alexandria Fire Department employs more than 300 professional personnel, which includes firefighters, paramedics, fire prevention staff and administrative support. A network of 10 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.

Firefighter I Job Description

Firefighter I is a full time, paid, uniform, entry-level position in the Alexandria Fire Department. The starting annual salary is $49,294. The Firefighter I recruit learns and performs firefighting, emergency medical services, and fire prevention in a combination of classroom and on-the-job training.  


These applicants will be hired as firefighter/medics at the salary of $49,294 annually. Upon successful completion of recruit school (approximately 6 months) and completion of the paramedic internship program, the annual salary is increased to $57,057.54 with an additional $5,000 annual stipend. Paramedics will also receive a one-time $5,000 bonus, approximately eight weeks after hire upon completion of Advanced Life Support (ALS) skills assessment.

Major Duties

  • Firefighting and Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Participating in fire prevention activities (inspections, public education, pre-fire building surveys)
  • Operating apparatus and equipment
  • Attending drills, training, and classes
  • Participating in physical fitness training
  • Maintaining, cleaning,  and inspecting equipment and fire stations
  • Other related duties and assignments

Minimum Qualifications

  • high school diploma or GED 
  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • Valid motor vehicle operator’s license with no restrictions
  • NO felony convictions

Applicant Selection Process

You don't 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. 

  1. Submission of online application
  2. Application screening
  3. Communication of eligibility via letter/email
  4. Mandatory orientation and Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) orientation video
  5. Practice CPAT (Candidate Physical Abilities Test)
  6. CPAT official test
  7. Written examination
  8. Background questionnaire and ongoing background investigation
  9. Polygraph evaluation
  10. Panel interview
  11. Psychological evaluation
  12. Medical examination
  13. Fire Chief interview 
  14. Selection

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. 


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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.

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. 


PRACTICE 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 practice sessions 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 aforementioned 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 for disqualification from the selection process.

THE POLYGRAPH EVALUATION is conducted by a certified polygraph examiner. 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. 

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE EVALUATION is 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 selection process. 

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 crime
  • 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 service
  • Any founded charge of child abuse or neglect
  • 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 health care provider licensing or certifying body in the last five years.
  • Untruthfulness, the withholding of information, or deliberate inaccuracies, on any application, interview or paperwork, or cheating on any examination or testing associated with the selection process  

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 email settings so messages from Alexandria Fire Department won't be delivered to your SPAM folder.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)