Starting Salary

Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician- $38,639.75
Firefighter/Advanced Emergency Medical Technician- $40,139.75
Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician- Intermediate $42,639.75
Firefighter/Paramedic- $44,139.75 + $7,000 Sign-On Bonus*

*Must hold a current Virginia or National Registry Paramedic certification, no previous Firefighter certifications required. Bonus will be given upon completion of Roanoke Valley Regional Fire & EMS Recruit Academy and other requirements.

Employee Benefits

Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Paid Leave, Extended Illness, Funeral Leave, Military Leave and Holiday Leave.

If you are considering pregnancy or breast feeding and you are worried about the job, Roanoke Fire-EMS has an alternate duty policy that you may utilize for pregnancy.  You and your doctor will determine what is best for you whether it is staying in the operational field or being assigned to an alternate light duty position the alternate duty policy allows for such.  In addition, breast feeding is covered under federal law and accommodations will be made to ensure you are allowed to accomplish your goal.

Opportunities for Growth

Promotional opportunities for- Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief.


Specialty teams include, Fire Cause and Origin Investigation Team, Regional Hazardous Materials Team, Tactical Rescue Team and Swift Water Rescue Team.