2015 HIRING INFO COMING SOON!
Hiring Process: Read Carefully.
[NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING UPDATED FOR THE 2015 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: Apply Online (MARCH 2015)
NOTE: If you did not receive a confirmation number, your application was not received.
Step 1: Click here
or visit www.vbcareers4gov.com
to access the application.
o Save the confirmation number to track your status online. Call City Human Resources (757-385-4157
) if you did not receive a confirmation number or if you need help completing your online application.
Stage Two: Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) Packet
NOTE: If your PHQ is NOT received by Fire Admin before the Written Test, you will NOT be allowed to test.
DMV NOTE: Must submit a DMV record for each state in which you were issued a Driver’s License in the past five years (March 2010 – 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.
- PHQ Packet must include:
- Photocopy of driver's license
- Photocopy of high school diploma or GED (high school transcript with graduation date is acceptable)
- Official/certified state DMV Driving History Record(s) dated after March 1, 2015
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.
Photocopy of Military Discharge form DD-214, page Member 4 (if applicable)
Photocopy of Fire certifications issued in 2010 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.
4817 Columbus Street, 2nd Floor Virginia Beach, VA 23462.
- Step 2: Submit the PHQ and required documents to Fire Admin on or before due date [DUE DATE INFO COMING SOON].
- Mail or Deliver PHQ packet in sealed envelope to:
- Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm
Stage Three: Written Test [TEST DATE COMING SOON]
Prior test registration required (see above: Stage 1, Step 2)
Prior PHQ submission required (see above: Stage 2)
Written test will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, www.VBfun.com
Photo ID ( i.e. driver’s license, military ID) and notarized Virginia State Police Criminal History Check Request Form required for test entry (see above: Stage 1, Step 3).
Stage Four: PHQ Packet Review
Fire HR will review all Personal History Questionnaires, required documents, and initial background reports. Applicants who pass the Written Test and PHQ Review will move on the Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) and will receive additional instructions via email.
Stage Five: Candidate Physical Agility Test [CPAT DATE INFO COMING SOON]
Virginia Beach Fire Department will utilize CPAT to assess a candidate’s physical ability to complete critical firefighting tasks effectively and safely.
VBFD will also accept valid CPAT cards/certificates from candidates who test with an IAFF licensed agency anytime between [DATE TBA] and [DATE TBA]. Pass cards/certificates must be received by Fire HR before or by 5:00 pm EST [DATE TBA].
Review the CPAT tab on the 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
For candidates applying in 2015, the next Tidewater Regional Fire Academy (TRFA) is scheduled to begin February 2016. 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-Basic.