Hiring Process

​The Virginia Beach Fire Department’s comprehensive and multi-tiered hiring process may take eight to ten months to complete.  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. The hiring process includes the following stages:

  1. ​Accepting applications in March. Please email HireVBFD@vbgov.com with your name ​​and email address to be added to our Applicant Interest Database

  2. Written Test and Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) Review

  3. Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

  4. Standard Oral Interview (SOI)

  5. Background Investigation

  6. Pre-placement Assessments & Final Offers

  7. New Member Orientation

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