The application period is OPEN now until May 7th for the upcoming academies listed below.

For personnel hired with no training the full training academy will begin

January 2022 but you must apply now to be eligible for the hiring process.

For those applicants with a current Emergency Medical Service

(Virginia or National Registry) certification your academy will begin October 2021

Application Process

​* Please refer to the new CPAT dates as they have changed*

  1. Apply.

    • Applications is OPEN now until May 7th. Applicants who apply within this period will be considered for BOTH the October 2021 recruit school (for those with an EMS certification) and the January 2022 recruit school (for those with no previous experience).​

  2.  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.

    • 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, your next step in the application process.

  3.  Attend the CPAT Orientation.

    • This is optional but highly recommended.  Orientation will be held on May 15th, 2021 (8:00am & 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 April 12, 2021 and ends on May 14th, 2021. ​To Register: Please contact Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Administration at 540-777-8713.

  4. Attend CPAT practice sessions.

    • This is optional but highly recommended. Practice sessions will be held on June 2nd, 23rd, & July 7th (6:00pm) at the Roanoke Regional Fire-EMS Training Center located at 1220 Kessler Mill Road Salem, VA.​​

    • Registration for CPAT practice sessions are required. Registration begins on April 12, 2021 and ends on July 6th, 2021. ​To Register: Please contact Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Administration at 540-777-8713.

  5. Successfully complete the CPAT test.

    • CPAT certificates will be accepted if completed during the twelve (12) months prior to the beginning of the recruit school.  CPAT testing opportunities will be held on July 19th, 21st, & 23rd, 2021.

    • Registration for CPAT Testing is required. Registration begins on April 12, 2021 and ends on July 15th, 2021. ​To Register: Please contact Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Administration at 540-777-8713.

  6. Complete the psychological exam. 

    • Candidates that have not taken the psychological testing session in the calendar year 2021 will be required to take the psychological test on July 23rd, 2021.  The psychological test will be held at the Roanoke Regional Training Center located at 1220 Kessler Mill Road Salem, VA, registration is required.

  7.  First round of Interviews.

    • 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. Second round of Interviews.

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

  9. Notification.

    • Those selected for employment will be notified by phone on or about September 7th, 2021.

  10.  Start of Academy. 

    1. Tentative start date for academy is October 18th, 2021, for those with a current EMS Certification (Virginia or National Registry)  if hired. For personnel hired with no training the full training academy will begin January 2022 but you must apply now to be eligible for the hiring process.

 

We recommend..

Begin physically conditioning yourself for the candidate physical abilities test (CPAT). In addition you may want to visit the website attached for more information on preparing for the stair-stepper: https://www.firerescue1.com/health/articles/step-mill-training-for-the-cpat-IxcxWlyGdJQmfzXQ/

  

What is the Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT)?

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. 

 

 

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