long is the hiring process?
hiring process can seem lengthy, but we want to ensure that those who receive
job offers are well-qualified to become firefighters. So, the multi-tiered
process usually lasts 8 - 10 months. For example, if you take the written
exam in March, the final steps of the hiring process would be completed
in early winter.
is a brief breakdown:
Documents and Submit PHQ
Take Written Exam
Take Candidate Physical
Schedule Panel Interview
Complete Initial Background
Checks, Reference Checks & Polygraph Exam
Assessments (medical exam, fitness assessment, final background checks)
Get Fitted for Uniform and
Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
I have received Driver's Licenses in more than one state; how many DMV records
do I turn in?
A: You must submit a DMV record for EACH
state that has issued you a license in the past five (5) years, or your PHQ is
considered incomplete and you risk disqualification. Start requesting old, out
of state DMV records now!
have a specific medical condition that I'm worried might disqualify me; who can
I talk to about it?
A: Fire HR staff cannot give you any specific
medical information. Your best bet is to contact Occupational Health Services
at 757-385-4851 for anything medical-related.
Can I submit a copy of my degree to prove I graduated from high school?
A: No! You must submit a copy of your
high school diploma or G.E.D. We also accept high school transcripts that show
a graduation date. You may also submit a letter from your high school on
letterhead that confirms you graduated and lists your graduation
have Firefighter, HazMat and/or EMT certs. Will this help me in the hiring
A: Public safety and emergency medical
training is great to have on your resume and may make you feel more at ease
during the interview, or in the Academy. However, having this background does
not guarantee that you will be hired, or that you will be ranked
above another applicant who does not have experience.
have out-of-state Fire and EMT certs. How do I transfer them to VA?
A: The Virginia Department of Fire Programs
(www.vafire.com) and Virginia Department of
Health Professionals, Office of Emergency Medical Services (www.vdh.state.us/OEMS) are great resources
for transfer information.
if I don’t have any experience?
A: No experience, no problem! The training
you will receive in the Academy will prepare you for a position as a
Firefighter. Not having experience will not prevent you from being hired.
many people will get hired?
A: The number of candidates hired depends
on the number of vacancies within the department. Typically, each new Academy
class has between 20 and 30 new recruits. Usually, one Academy is held per
Do I have to live in VA to apply?
A: No. However, you will be required to
obtain a VA or NC driver’s license within 30 days of employment. Also, count on
making at least 4-5 trips to Virginia Beach to complete the hiring process.
you honor veteran’s preference points? What about veteran’s
disability preference points?
the City of Virginia Beach honors both veteran’s preference and veteran’s
disability preference points. Contact Fire Human Resources for more details (757-385-4228).
is the Fire Department’s tattoo policy?
the Fire Department does NOT have a policy restricting tattoos. However, this
is subject to change. Contact Human Resources with any concerns about
your ink (757-385-4228).
can I do now to start preparing?
you don’t already have a good physical fitness routine, start one! If you
already have one, keep it up! Physical fitness is crucial to successfully
completing the Academy.
Visit a station near you, talk to a recruiter, apply to
participate in our Ride-Along program, or check out our Facebook page or
YouTube channel to get a feel for what firefighting is really like.
We also visit area middle and high schools for Career Days, local
universities/colleges and military bases for Job Fairs and many other
Recruiter: firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-385-1098
Local Stations: Fire Stations (can also be found as a tab on the VBFD Home page)