Virginia Beach Fire Academy

To provide quality training, unhampered by tradition, that will enable firefighters to perform their jobs in a manner that will result in reduction of deaths, injuries and property loss from fire, hazardous situations, medical emergencies and other disasters.

​ Virginia Beach firefighter recruits will receive a salary and benefits while they attend the Fire Academy for 6 months. While in the academy, recruits attend classes Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with occasional evenings and weekends, as deemed necessary by training instructors.  Training includes Fire Science classroom instruction and practicum and Emergency Medical Technician-Basic training including classroom instruction and practicum.

In addition to classroom instruction, recruits will participate in daily physical training.  It is a well-known fact that firefighters perform physically demanding job functions in various intense environments.   Therefore, the Virginia Beach Fire Department makes physical fitness a priority in order for our firefighters to perform their job safely and successfully.

Firefighter recruits are expected to maintain physical expectations with the goal of gradually increasing their physical conditioning during the training period.  The number one reason firefighter recruits do not successfully complete the Academy is their inability to meet the required physical expectations.

Below is a list of exercises firefighter recruits are expected to complete on their first day in the Academy.  

Firefighters with masks and hosesPhysical Fitness Expectations

Firefighter Recruits are expected to:

  • Run 1.5 miles in less than 15 minutes
  • Plank for a minimum of 2 minutes
  • Deadlift their own bodyweight for a minimum of 6 repetitions
  • Complete 30 push-ups at a pace of 80 bpm
  • Complete 5 pull-ups
The expectations listed above are the minimum requirements to score points in each category of the Recruit Physical Assessment. Firefighter Recruits undergo the Recruit Physical Assessment several times while attending our Fire Academy. 

You will work up to running 5 miles, perform various functional fitness exercises related to fire activities, as well as complete exercises for strength training while attending the Virginia Beach Fire Academy.