Hiring Process: Read Carefully.
[NOTE: THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN UPDATED FOR THE 2014 PROCESS.]
The Virginia Beach Fire Department’s comprehensive hiring process may take eight to ten months to complete. The process involves seven stages. Applicants must successfully pass one stage before proceeding to the next. City and state residency are not required. Virginia or North Carolina driver’s license is required within 30 days of employment. Below is a brief description of each stage.
Stage One: Application Dates – January 6-9, 2014 – Complete all steps
Step 1 - Click here
to apply. Provide email address for notifications and status updates.
o Save 2014 Firefighter Recruit confirmation number to track online status. Call City Human Resources (757-385-4157
) if you did not receive a confirmation number or if you need help completing your online application.
Step 2 - Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) - Click HERE
to print the PHQ.
o Deadline to turn in PHQ packet is February 11, 2014.
Step 3 - Written Test Registration – Applicants will receive emailed instructions to register for a Written Test session.
o The Written Test will be held February 11, 2014.
o Deadline to select a test session is 12:00 pm EST, January 24, 2014.
Step 4 - Virginia State Police History Check Request form – Click here
Stage Two: Personal History Questionnaire Packet
PHQ and Required Documents - Due before or by February 11, 2014.
o Delivery Options:
1. Mail/Deliver packet in sealed envelope to VBFD–HR, 2408 Courthouse Drive, Building 21, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-9129. Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm OR
2. Bring packet in sealed envelope with you to your written test session
o Required Documents - Make sure all copies are legible.
Photocopy of driver's license
Photocopy of high school diploma or GED (high school transcript with graduation date is acceptable)
Official state DMV Driving History Record(s) dated after January 1, 2014:
Must submit a DMV record for each state in which you were issued a Driver’s License in the past five years (January 2009 – present),
DMV record(s) must show total driver points,
DMV records from third party sources i.e. insurance companies, other public safety agencies will not be accepted.
Photocopy of Military Discharge form DD-214, page Member 4 (if applicable),
Photocopy of Fire certifications issued in 2008 or later (if applicable), i.e. FF I, FF II, HazMat Awareness, and HazMat Operations,
Photocopy of EMS certifications (if applicable) i.e. EMT, First Aid, CPR, BLS.
NOTE: Documents become property of the City of Virginia Beach Fire Department and will not be returned. Incomplete packets will not be accepted. Start gathering or submitting requests for documents now. Some agencies require up to 30 days to process your request i.e. DMV Driving Record(s). Research your timeline requirements and plan accordingly.
Stage Three: Written Test – February 11, 2014
Prior test registration required (see Stage 1, Step 3)
Written test will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, www.VBfun.com
Photo ID required for test entry i.e. driver’s license, military ID
Bring notarized Virginia State Police Criminal History Check Request form (VBFD will process all forms to initiate the background investigation)
Last day to turn in PHQ Packet
Stage Four: PHQ Packet Review
Fire HR will review all Personal History Questionnaires, required documents, and initial background reports. Applicants continuing to the Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) will receive additional instructions via email.
Stage Five: Candidate Physical Agility Test
Virginia Beach Fire Department will utilize CPAT to assess a candidate’s physical ability to complete critical firefighting tasks effectively and safely.
Candidates will be scheduled in early April for a CPAT appointment April 21 - 26.
VBFD will also accept valid CPAT cards/certificates from candidates who test with an IAFF licensed agency anytime beginning Feb 1, 2014 through July 31, 2014. Pass cards/certificates must be received by Fire HR before or by 5:00 pm EST July 31, 2014.
Review the CPAT tab (upper left) for further details.
Stage Six: Interviews & Polygraphs
Depending on the number of applicants remaining in the process, the City of Virginia Beach Human Resources may narrow the candidate pool to 400 candidates through an automated random selection process.
Candidates will receive instructions regarding their interview appointment via email.
Candidates must show photo proof of identification and complete a Virginia Department of Social Services Central Registry Check form. Click HERE to access the CPS form
Candidates will receive instructions regarding their polygraph appointment via email.
Stage Seven: Pre-Placement Assessments
The Fire Chief and Fire HR will review recommendations and final background investigation reports. Conditional offer letters of employment and pre-placement assessment appointments (at City’s expense) will be sent via US Mail.
Final offers of employment are contingent upon the results of the following:
o Medical Exam by the Occupational Health Department
o Fitness Assessment by the Fire Safety & Wellness division
o FBI fingerprints check
The Tidewater Regional Fire Academy (TRFA) is currently scheduled to begin February 2015. Keep checking this page for any updates. All Firefighter Recruits will attend the training academy for seven to eight months. Training will include class work and practicum to obtain certification in Firefighting and Emergency Medical Technician at Basic and Enhanced levels.