Firefighter Applicant Disqualifiers

​​​​ 2016 List of Applicant Disqualifiers

 
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

  • 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

Traffic Violations

  • Three or more negative total points on a Virginia Operator's License or the equivalent for out of state licenses

  • Any conviction of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; unreasonable refusal to submit to blood or alcohol tests; eluding police; racing; leaving the scene of an accident within the last five years from the time of documentation review

Drugs

  • Conviction or admission of illegal possession, use, sale or intent to sell marijuana or a derivative thereof within the last 12 months from time of documentation review

  • Conviction or admission 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 the last five years from time of documentation review

  • Conviction or admission of illegal sale or intent to sell Schedule III-VI controlled substances within the last five years from time of documentation review

  • Conviction of illegal use and possession of Schedule III-VI controlled substances within the last five years from the time of documentation review

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 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

  • Illegal drug possession 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​

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