Employment Information

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 General Information

FIREFIGHTER RECRUIT (Full Time)

Summary Position Description:

Firefighters provide skilled emergency, medical pre hospital, and non-emergency services in a variety of areas including fire suppression, medical pre-hospital assistance, public education, and information. Firefighters are assigned to work a 24-hour shift, or other assigned shift, responding as needed during that shift. During the first six years a VBFD Firefighter will be assigned to work a 56-hour work week. Other Fire assignments may include a 40-hour work week in an administrative or training position.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Age 18 (at time of job offer)​

  • High School Diploma or GED (at time of job offer)

  • Valid U.S. driver's license (at time of application)

  • Eligible to work in the United States (at time of application)

​As a condition of employment, all VBFD Firefighter Recruit employees must sign an agreement stating they will not use tobacco products either on or off duty. Firefighters must maintain an acceptable level of physical fitness and maintain driving privileges throughout their employment with the Virginia Beach Fire Department. 

$42,723 Annual Salary During Fire Academy 

Firefighter Recruits receive an annual salary while attending the 6-month academy.

$44,886 Upon Academy Graduation 

​Upon graduation from the academy, Firefighter Recruits become probationary firefighters and receive a 5% increase to $44,886. After completing the probation period, firefighters are eligible for approved overtime opportunities.

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OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR PAY INCREASES

$52,041 Annual Salary for Master Firefighter

After six years, firefighters may participate in a comprehensive training program to become eligible for career progression to Master Firefighter and a 10% salary increase.

Further Career Advancement
Below is a chart that shows the Fire Department’s rank structure and corresponding salary ranges as of October 1, 2017:

Salary Chart

Position Title​

Minimum Salary​

​Maximum Salary

​Firefighter Recruit

​$42,723

N/A

​Firefighter

​$44,886

​$66,601

Firefighter Medic*

$49,524

$73,507

​Master Firefighter

​$52,041

​$77,230

Master Firefighter Medic**

$54,683

$81,140

Captain

​$60,361

​$89,564

​Battalion Chief

​$66,622

​$102,273

​District Chief

​$77,251

$118,601

*Medic positions are not required for career progression or promotion

​Employee Benefits 

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 Hiring Process

Firefighter Recruit Hiring Process

​​​The Virginia Beach Fire Department’s comprehensive Firefighter Recruit Hiring Process is completed over the duration of approximately eight months.  Candidates are required to successfully complete all stages consecutively. The 2019 Firefighter Recruit Hiring Process is as follows:

  1. Online Application (Requisition ID: 28811)
  2. Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ)
  3. Written Assessment
  4. Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) 
  5. Structured Oral Interview (SOI)
  6. Conditional Offer
  7. Post-Offer Assessments
  8. Final Offer
  9. New Member Orientation
  10. Virginia Beach Fire Academy

Certified Firefighter Hiring Process

The Virginia Beach Fire Department’s Certified Firefighter Hiring Process is completed over the duration of approximately four months.  Candidates are required to complete all stages consecutively. The 2019 Certified Firefighter Hiring Process is as follows:

  1. Online Application (Requisition ID: 29199)
  2. Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ)
  3. Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
  4. Structured Oral Interview (SOI)
  5. Conditional Offer
  6. Post-Offer Assessments
  7. Final Offer
  8. New Member Orientation (NMO)
  9. Virginia Beach Firefighter MiniCamp


 

 Firefighter Applicant Disqualifiers

 List of Applicant Disq​ualifiers

The following are considered disqualifying factors, which shall result in non-selection for employment opportunities in uniform positions with the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

Criminal History

  • Conviction of any felony other than those listed below
  • 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

Drugs

  • Conviction of illegal possession, use, sale or intent to sell marijuana or a derivative thereof within 12 months from time of written exam
  • Conviction of illegal possession, use, sale or intent to sell Schedule I or II controlled substances including but not limited to narcotics and illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens or any other Schedule I or II drug, or any derivative thereof as defined in the Code of Virginia which constitutes a felony within five years from time of written exam
  • Conviction of illegal sale or intent to sell Schedule III-VI controlled substances within five years from time of written exam
  • Conviction of illegal use and possession of Schedule III-VI controlled substances within five years from time of written exam

Other

  • Any punitive discharge from the military: including Bad Conduct and Dishonorable discharge; from any military service
  • Any founded charge of child abuse or neglect
  • 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 healthcare 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

Note: This is not intended to be an exhaustive listing of background disqualifiers.  An applicant may also be disqualified for other concerns.  Other areas of concern will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Other areas of concern include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conviction of any other Class 1 or 2 misdemeanor or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude (lying, stealing, cheating), excluding traffic violations, within the last five years; or the Virginia State Law equivalent within the last five years
  • Conviction of reckless driving; patterns of reckless or irresponsible driving; or multiple convictions of driving under the influence; and suspension of driving privileges due to conviction of a moving violation(s)
  • Reduction of charges as a result of a plea agreement or other form of sentencing disposition prior to a conviction in any of the aforementioned criminal and driving history categories
  • Crimes committed as a juvenile, including undetected crimes
  • Admission of illegal drug possession, use, sale or intent to sell Schedule I-VI controlled substances that does not fall within the parameters defined above
  • Military general discharge under other than honorable conditions
  • Incomplete statements on any application, interview or paperwork, or on any examination or testing associated with the selection process
  • Erratic work record; unfavorable employment references
  • Pending criminal charges

 Written Test

During the 2019 Recruiting Process, candidates may complete the written exam at the Fire Training Center in Virginia Beach or via Remote Proctor (the applicant must reside 50+ miles outside of Virginia Beach, Virginia to be eligible for a remote proctored assessment and accept a one-time fee of $33 USD).

Fire Training Center

The date for the Entry Fire Written Assessment has been scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 (8:00AM or 3:00PM)
  • Thursday, June 13th, 2019 (8:00AM or 3:00PM)
  • Saturday, June 15th, 2019 (8:00AM or 3:00PM)

Candidates completing the written assessment at the Fire Training Center in Virginia Beach will receive an email directly from hirevbfd@vbgov.com with information on how to schedule their assessment with SignUp Genius. Candidates should be prepared to register for a written assessment no later than May 31st, 2019.

Remote Proctoring

The dates for the Remote Proctored Entry Fire Written Assessment has been scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
  • Thursday, June 13th, 2019
  • Saturday, June 15th, 2019

In a remote proctored test administration setting, candidates will be supervised during the test administration via a live, remote proctor. All test questions will be answered via an online version of the test. Candidates may take the test from a location of their choice during their scheduled appointment. However, all candidates must test in a quiet, distraction-free area using a reliable computer enabled with microphone and video capabilities. Each remote proctored assessment will be recorded for agency use. Candidates completing the written assessment via remote proctoring will be responsible for paying a one-time fee of $33 USD at the time of registration.

On the date of the remote proctored test, the proctor will verify identification and take other steps to get candidates ready for the test. Once the test session begins, candidates will not be allowed to leave the testing area / room and must remain alone in the testing area / room. The proctor will be monitoring each candidate throughout the test and will require security checks to ensure remote proctor rules are being followed. Candidates may not share the test link with anyone, and all test content must be accessed, viewed, and completed only by the authorized test taker.

The online test will be provided by CPS HR Consulting in partnership with ProctorU. To use their online testing system, candidates will need to ensure their computer meets the following technical requirements:

  1. Candidates must take the online exam from a location that has sufficient internet speed of at least 2 MPS upload and download speed.
  2. Computer must be equipped with a webcam, speakers and a microphone that will be used throughout the duration of the test.

Candidates that fulfill the remote proctoring eligibility requirements will receive an email directly from ProctorU with information on how to schedule their assessment. Candidates should be prepared to register for a written assessment no later than May 31st, 2019.

Candidate Study Guide and Practice Test

Candidates will have the option to purchase preparation materials. A description of each product and the costs (to be paid directly by the candidates) is provided below:

Candidate Preparation Manuals – $5

Includes detailed recommendations on important concepts, such as the most effective test-taking strategies and methods, specific information about CPS HR test form, and what to expect on the day of the test administration. Also, the Candidate Preparation Manual includes several practice questions covering each section of the test, along with helpful tools, like a sample answer sheet and template test instructions for candidates to prepare before the day of the test.

Candidate Practice Test - $15

Simulates full-length versions of CPS HR tests and have been designed to replicate the look and feel of test-day material. Contains practice items across the same sections contained in test forms. When candidates have completed the online practice exam, they will receive a breakdown of their scores by section. In addition, candidates can retake the exam one additional time at no cost. Please note that candidates will not receive a list of the practice tests and answers.

Please keep in mind that links to the Written Assessment Study Guides and Practice Test will only be issued upon registering for the written assessment.