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FOSTERING A DIVERSE, INCLUSIVE & INNOVATIVE WORKFORCE SINCE 1907
The application period for the 2020 Academy is now closed. For participants interested in the 2021 academy, apply at:
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 https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/roanoke
WHAT WE DO
WANT TO BECOME A FIREFIGHTER/EMT OR FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC WITH ROANOKE FIRE-EMS?
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:
Take a written general knowledge test.
Train and physically prepare yourself for the CPAT test.
Attend the CPAT Orientation.
Successfully complete the CPAT test.
Take the psychological test.
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.
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
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.
WE HAVE ANSWERS
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 EMT....do 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.