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Recruit School 

With no previous experience, recruit school lasts about 23 weeks and is held Monday through Friday from approximately 0700-1700 at the Roanoke Valley Regional Fire-EMS Training Center. 

We provide all the training needed to begin a successful career including: 

  • Firefighter I & II
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B)
  • HAZMAT Operations
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVOC)
  • HTR - Rope Operations
  • HTR - Passenger Vehicle Operations
  • Basic Pump Operations
  • Mayday Firefighter Down
  • Mayday Technician - Rapid Intervention Team (RIT)

*Must be 18 years old before academy start date to apply.


Each Class creates a video to be presented at graduation highlighting their experience in the academy. Check out the Class 36 video below:

Hiring Process 

*Applications are currently closed. For more information on hiring dates / how to prepare yourself for the process,

please call our Administrative Office at 540-853-2327. *

  • Once your application has been processed, you will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule your written test. *For returning candidates who have passed the written test within the past 3 years call our office at 540-853-2327 so we can update your status*

  • Sign up and complete the PAT (Physical Agility Test). You will be notified of available test dates through the email provided on your application. Testing dates fill up fast so be sure to schedule as soon as possible. Multiple attempts are permitted. *For returning candidates who have passed the PAT within the past year call our office at 540-853-2327 so we can update your status* 

  • After passing both the written and PAT, you will be scheduled for a first round interview. This is a panel interview, please bring 5 copies of your resume.

  • Psychological Tests will be scheduled the same day as second round interviews. Second round interviews give you a chance to meet the Chiefs. This is the final interview in the process and you will be contacted by phone if you are eligible. Specific documentation will be requested from you at this time such as a copy of your Driver's License, Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, Driving Record, Transcripts, etc.

  • ​Candidates that are accepted into Recruit School will be notified by phone.

Additional Resources 

Roanoke Valley Regional Fire-EMS Training Center

1220 Kessler Mill Road
Salem, VA 24153
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