Important: COVID-19 has impacted our scheduled application deadlines. Please see below for more information. 


Courtesy, Compassion & Commitment

For participants interested in the 2021 academy,

the deadline to apply is June 5th, 2020. 

  1. Apply here: 

    • Deadline to apply is June 5th​, 2020

  2. Begin physically conditioning yourself for the candidate physical abilities test (CPAT)

  3.  Successfully complete the written general knowledge test.

    • Once you have applied to the City of Roanoke you will receive an email within a week of your application; you should follow the instructions in the email to self-schedule a written test with the City. Take a written general knowledge test or have successfully passed the written test within the last 3 years (2017-2020).

    • For those candidates who have a valid written test within the last 3 years, contact our main office at 540-853-2327 to verify eligibility for CPAT.

    • Dates and times for the written test have changed due to COVID-19. If your pre-scheduled time was cancelled an HR Representative should be in contact with you to reschedule. 

  4. Attend the CPAT Orientation, this is optional but highly recommended.  Orientation will be held on June 27th, 2020 (8:00am) & June 28th, 2020 (1:00pm)  at the Roanoke Regional Fire-EMS Training Center located at 1220 Kessler Mill Road Salem, VA.

    • Registration for CPAT Orientation is required. Registration begins on June 1, 2020 and ends on June 27th, 2020.

    • To Register: Please contact Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Administration at 540-777-8713.

  5. Successfully complete the CPAT test or hold a valid CPAT card with a date no longer than 1 year old (any date between September 12, 2019-September 12, 2020 is considered valid).  CPAT testing opportunities will be held from August 31st-September 4th, registration information will be provided upon application. 

    • You have 3 attempts to pass the CPAT​

  6. Candidates that have not taken the psychological testing session in the calendar year 2020 will be required to take the psychological test on September 4th, 2020.  The psychological test will be held at the Roanoke Regional Training Center located at 1220 Kessler Mill Road Salem, VA, registration is required. 

  7. Candidates that have completed steps 1-5 successfully will be scheduled for an interview at the CPAT testing site upon successful completion. Interview will be held at our Roanoke Regional Fire-EMS Training Center at 1220 Kessler Mill Rd Salem, VA 24153. 

  8. Following the completion of first round interviews notification will be made by phone to those moving forward to second round interviews.​

  9. Those selected for employment will be notified by phone on or about November 2, 2020.

  10. Tentative start date for academy is January 11, 2021, if hired.



What is the Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT)?


Preview what it's like.......







Roanoke Fire-EMS is a full-service fire and emergency medical service agency providing basic and advanced pre-hospital life support, fire prevention and education programs fire suppression services, arson detection, vehicle extrication, and heavy technical rescue. It also supports a regional hazardous materials team. In addition to housing firefighting and EMS personnel and apparatus, fire-EMS stations are neighborhood resources. Fire-EMS personnel at these sites help distribute important city documents, teach children about fire safety, and provide a safe place for lost children and adults.

Our department operates 11 stations with  10 fire engines, 4 ladder trucks, 8 ambulances, 2 part time ambulance units, and 3 supervisor vehicles(Battalions, RS-1) 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  We serve an urban resident population of approximately 99,000 in an area of 43 square miles, and answers over 28,000 fire and EMS runs annually.  For department statistics, click here.

Roanoke Fire-EMS holds a Class 1 rating from the Insurance Service Organization, the highest rating you can receive, and one of only 132 nation wide. This rating helps our community by bringing lower insurance rates to homeowners and businesses. Roanoke Fire-EMS is also an Internationally Accredited Agency through the Centers for Public Safety Excellence(CPSE) and the Commission on  Fire Accreditation International(CFAI). 

To apply click here




We are looking for diverse candidates that reflect the community we that serve. 


If you are 18 years or older and you are interested in a rewarding career serving the community and the public then:

  1. Apply!                                                                                        Visit

  2. Take a written general knowledge test.

  3. Train and physically prepare yourself for the CPAT test.

  4. Attend the CPAT Orientation.

  5. Successfully complete the CPAT test.

  6. Take the psychological test.

  7. Interview.

  8. Become a member of our team!

Sample Shift Calendar

  • A Shift: Green
  • B Shift: Red
  • C Shift: Gray


This video explains and demonstrates our mandatory CPAT procedures. Click here for a list of gyms in the area that provide the stair-stepper portion of CPAT testing. 


The Roanoke Valley Regional Fire-EMS Recruit School is a partnership between Roanoke Fire-EMS, Roanoke County Fire & Rescue, Salem Fire-EMS and Botetourt Fire & EMS.  This 19 week school teaches the cadet the basics of fire-EMS including but not limited to:

  • Firefighter 1 & 2

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

  • Intro to Technical Rescue

  • HAZMAT Awareness

  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC)


To the left you will see a video that Recruit School 19 produced to represent their time in the Recruit Academy. Get a glimpse of what your experience as a firefighter/EMT will be like in the academy. 





1.  Do you have to have experience to apply for firefighter/EMT?

No experience required.

2.  How old do you have to be to apply?

You must be 18 years old before the start of the academy.

3.  What about my driving record.....will that keep me from being considered?

You must have a valid Virginia Drivers License upon being hired and you must have a good driving record.

4.  Do you do a background check?

Yes....we do background checks on every candidate.  You cannot have a felony on your record. 

5.  How long is the academy?  Do I get paid while in the academy?

The academy lasts approximately 4 months and is held Monday-Friday from approximately 7am-5pm at the Roanoke Valley Regional Fire-EMS Training Center.   You will be paid while in the academy and all of your gear needed will be provided. 

6.  I already have my I need to complete the EMT portion during the academy?

Depends....if you have your EMT from out of state, then yes - you must obtain your Virginia EMT.  If you are an EMT-I or Paramedic, you will do a ride along during the EMT portion of the academy.

7.  Can I do a ride along before being hired?

YES! Doing a ride along with a station is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  You can schedule a ride along by contacting Roanoke Fire-EMS Administration at (540)853-2327.

8.  What is the starting salary for a firefighter/EMT or firefighter/EMT-I/PM?

See current job posting for latest salary information.

9.  What is the work schedule like?

Roanoke Fire-EMS works 24 hour shifts, with 3 shifts (A,B,C).  For an example of the schedule, click here. 



713 Third St., SW Roanoke, VA 24016      Tel: 540-853-2327      Fax: 540-853-1172

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