Fire and Rescue

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8:00AM-4:30PM M-F

12099 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035



Thank you in advance for your interest in employment with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FRD).


The job posting for Firefighter/EMT will be closed on December 7, 2018 and reopened in January 2019. Anyone interested can complete a Job Alert here:

Select Fire & EMS within the categories, when the Firefighter/EMT position reopens, notification will be sent out.

Responds to fire alarms and other emergency calls to protect life and property, combats, extinguishes, prevents fires, and drives emergency apparatus, including a life support unit. Participates in rescue extrication operations and provides emergency medical care to the sick or injured. Stocks and distributes firefighting, emergency medical supplies, equipment, and performs related work as required. No EMS certification is required at the time of application.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) has modified the Firefighter/EMT applicant process to include those who possess their National Registry Paramedic or Virginia Paramedic certifications. Applicants with paramedic certifications are encouraged to apply. FRD affords applicants with paramedic certification the ability to become authorized advanced life support providers either during or following completion of the probationary period. FRD provides continuing education to personnel with paramedic certification during and following the probationary period.

To apply when posted, please click on the following link:

Applications will be accepted ONLY online through You will need to set up an account if you have not applied in previously. If you have previously applied to another agency through, you will need to enter your 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. You can log into your account and update it at any time by clicking on the following link:

If you are having difficulty with applying, please click the following link:

Please do not apply if you currently have an active or completed application in our application process. Your application will remain in an open active status until we inform you otherwise.

Contact the Recruitment Staff

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue
Recruitment Section, 4th floor
12099 Government Center Parkway,
Fairfax, VA 22035

Phone: (703) 246-3939 Telephone Icon      TTY: 711


Department Overview

The Fairfax County FRD is committed to providing emergency and non-emergency services to protect the lives, property, and environment of our community. Our department does this by valuing professional excellence, health and safety, diversity, teamwork and shared leadership, effective communication, integrity, community service and involvement, and innovation. These values are important to our employees as well as those we seek to hire. It is through our total commitment to these values that we strive to be the best community-focused fire and rescue department, working as a team to ensure a safe and secure environment for all those entrusted to our care.

Job Description

Individuals will provide skilled emergency and non-emergency services in a variety of areas including: fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire prevention, and public education. Individuals will be trained in fire suppression and certified in emergency medical services.

Recruitment’s Mission Statement

Provide the FRD with a small group of qualified candidates that reflect the diversity of the community we serve. This effort shall be accomplished by consistently championing our department and profession through an effective community outreach program. We are committed to valuing and respecting every individual with whom we have the opportunity to interact.

Must be tobacco-free and nicotine-free at the time of appointment, and be willing to sign a Conditions of Employment Agreement to not use tobacco or tobacco products on- or off-duty.


Comprehensive 25 years Retirement Plan

Paid Holidays

Annual and Sick Leave

Group Health Benefits/Vision

Dental and Life Insurance

24-hour Shift Differential

Deferred Compensation Program

Employee Assistance Program

College Tuition Assistance

Flexible Spending Accounts

Military Leave

G.I. Bill Education Benefits

Application Process

Minimum Qualifications

  • Have a high school diploma or GED at the time of application
  • Be age 18 or older at the time of application
  • No driving suspensions or more than one moving violation within the last 12 months
  • Drug free for the past 12 months
  • Possess a valid motor vehicle driver's license at the time of application and at all times during employment in the uniformed service

Note: Illegal drugs use during the last twelve months, and/or two or more moving traffic violations during the last twelve months will disqualify you from further consideration.

Applicant Selection Process

There is no residency requirement to apply. The selection process consists of the following steps and will take up to a year or more to complete.

  • Application
  • Personal History Statement and Documents Review
  • Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) Preparation
  • CPAT Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Polygraph Evaluation
  • Medical Examination
  • Psychological Profile Evaluation

Application: All supplemental questions must be answered completely. If a question does not apply, applicant must use N/A. Any incomplete, inaccurate, untruthful or misleading responses will be cause for disqualification from the application process.

Personal History Statement and Documents Review: The completed notarized Personal History Statement and all required documents must be mailed as one packet (not hand delivered) and post marked by the deadline to the Recruitment Section. All documentation is subject to approval. Any incomplete, inaccurate, untruthful or misleading statement(s) in the Personal History Statement will be cause from disqualification from the application process.

Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) Preparation and CPAT: Departments using CPAT as a condition of hire must give all candidates an opportunity to attend at least two CPAT orientation sessions (practice) and view the CPAT orientation video within the eight-week period 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.

Note: You will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer in order to view these files.

Overview of CPAT with Pictures (PDF, 362K, large file)

CPAT Candidate Preparation Guide (PDF, 75.7M, large file)

THE WRITTEN EXAM: The written exam consists of 155 multiple-choice questions. The exam includes, but is not limited to reading comprehension, basic math, physics and grammar. The allotted time to complete the exam is 2.5 hours. Applicants must obtain a passing score of 70 percent or above to continue with the process. The department utilizes the National Firefighter Selection Inventory. Applicants wishing to purchase a study guide may do so by calling 1-(800)-343-4473 or visit the Internet at

THE POLYGRAPH EVALUATION is conducted by a certified polygraph examiner through the Fairfax County Police Department, or other certified agency. The polygraph evaluation (Psychophysiological detection of Deception) measures the accuracy of information provided during the selection process. This evaluation can take up to four hours to complete.

THE MEDICAL EXAMINATION is conducted by the Fairfax County Public Safety Occupational Health Center. You must receive an "A" classification on your medical exam to continue in the selection process. You will be notified of your classification by mail. This examination can take up to four hours to complete.

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE EVALUATION is conducted by the Special Psychological Service Group (SPSG), or another agency. This evaluation measures the psychological suitability for a career in the Fairfax County FRD. It consists of several written tests and a structured clinical interview. This test can take up to eight hours to complete.

Fairfax County is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, committed to workplace diversity. If you require special accommodations to proceed in the selection process, please contact the Recruitment Section at (703) 246-3939 prior to the scheduled event. Please update your account with any changes to your address, email or phone number to ensure proper notification on our end for each exam by clicking on the following link: Please make sure you update your SPAM to accept emails from Fairfax County.