FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Do you have to have experience to apply for firefighter/EMT? No experience required, having a current EMS certification is highly recommended. 

  • How old do you have to be to apply? You must be 18 years old before the start of the academy.

  • 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.

  • Do you do a background check?  Yes....we do background checks on every candidate.  You cannot have a felony on your record. 

  • How long is the academy?  Do I get paid while in the academy? The academy lasts approximately 3-4 months, depending on your certifications, 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. 

  • I already have my EMT....do I need to complete the EMT portion during the academy?   If you are an EMT or Paramedic, you will do a ride along during the EMT portion of the academy.

  • Can I do a ride along before being hired? Right now, ride-alongs are not permitted. We will provide alternative opportunities for our potential applicants to get to know more about our department. 

  • What is the starting salary for a firefighter/EMT or firefighter/EMT-I/PM? See current job posting for latest salary information.

  • 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.

If there is a question you have that you don't see covered here, contact us!

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713 Third St., SW Roanoke, VA 24016       www.roanokeva.gov/fire-ems      fire-ems@roanokeva.gov      Tel: 540-853-2327      Fax: 540-853-1172