Firefighter / Emergency Medical Technician

Fire Rescue 

Full-Time, 12 Months

Non-Exempt, VRS-Eligible, Benefits-Eligible,

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Join a dedicated team of principled public servants that are committed to building leaders who inspire and achieve excellence through the practice of our core values including innovation, learning, integrity, and stewardship. We are seeking individuals to serve the citizens of Albemarle County as a Firefighter / EMT who are committed to partnering with the community and have demonstrated superior ability as a leader. Successful candidates will be placed on an eligibility list good for a maximum period of 12 months or less if a new eligibility list is generated at the Department’s discretion.




The Firefighter / EMT performs responsible protective service work involving fire suppression, emergency medical care, specialized rescue, hazardous material mitigation, prevention activities, pre-planning, building inspections, training, physical fitness and performs other work as required. The successful candidate(s) will perform customer service/community service projects of varied nature to include such tasks as safety outreach to the elderly, public education and community contact for the County's public safety team. Additionally, serve as a community contact for accessing other county services. Due to the structure of the fire and emergency medical services in Albemarle County, individuals in this position must have the ability to interact well with volunteer units based on the prevailing situation at the scene of an emergency. Must function as an effective leader, follower or advisor with various volunteer fire and EMS units and personnel. May be required to rotate as an Attendant In Charge.


Work involves the operation of both County and Volunteer emergency equipment, with responsibilities to include: maintaining, cleaning and performing minor repairs of all associated fire and EMS apparatus and equipment. Maintains and performs custodial duties at the assigned station. He/she may be assigned to various divisions within the department including operations, training, prevention, and administration.




Albemarle County has a unique emergency services system. Volunteer and career personnel cooperatively provide fire, rescue, and emergency medical services to the community while partnering with other local and regional emergency services organizations. We are an equal opportunity and progressive organization whose goal is to provide the highest quality service within the constraints of our funding and personnel resources.


The Department provides emergency fire, rescue, and medical services for over 100,000 residents and 726 square miles of land.  Our stations serve response areas that are urban and rural with an annual population growth increase of 2.1 percent.  Our population growth, while moderate compared to some, challenges us to find creative ways to maintain high standards and meet our ever-increasing demands for service.


Albemarle County maintains a centralized headquarters to coordinate the provision of fire, rescue, and emergency medical services.  Commonly referred to as ACFR, these staff members handle administrative tasks, training, volunteer programs, fire prevention, and life safety programs, and provide career operations staffing to supplement volunteer staffing.


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Essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:




Must be at least 18 years of age.  High school diploma or GED required. Possession of a valid Driver’s License (for at least 2 years) required at time of employment.  


At completion of County-sponsored recruit school, the successful candidate must have successfully obtained certifications in Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (Virginia or National Registry Certification); VADFP Firefighter I; VADFP Hazardous Materials Operations; VA EVOC Level 2; FEMA Incident Command System 100, 200, & 700; Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support; Safe Kids Child Safety Seat Technician. At the completion of one-year probation, must have successfully completed the ACFR release process for firefighter, EMT-B, and ambulance driver.


Must maintain all required certifications and licenses. The following special requirements may be required within one year of appointment based on assignment: Prevention - NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector. Training - VDFP FF 1 and 2 Train-the-Trainer.


The ability to function effectively as part of a team; the ability to perform firefighting duties and emergency medical technician procedures; physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including driving a fire truck, and operation of such firefighting and emergency response equipment as pumps, ladders, aerial platforms, air compressors, self-contained breathing apparatus, two-way radio, etc.; and emergency medical equipment such as suction units, immobilization equipment, oxygen delivery systems, and defibrillation equipment; ability to follow verbal and written instructions; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to establish effective working relations with employees, volunteers, other agencies and the general public.




While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach and stretch with hands and arms with a full range of motion. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; jump; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk and smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 165 pounds. Wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus is required and each employee must be able to pass an NFPA 1582 physical and respirator fit test annually. The employee is subject to a no-tobacco policy. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, in high precarious places and confined spaces. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electric shock and vibration. The employee is often exposed to extremely high-temperature intensities and sudden temperature changes. The noise level in the working environment is usually moderate, except during certain firefighting or EMT activities when noise levels may be loud. The employee may be required to work rotating shifts, or a set, business hour schedule depending on the position and is considered essential emergency personnel. Any personnel in this position are required to work during emergency situations and are subject to be recalled to work at any time.





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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:  Hiring for Albemarle County shall be accomplished without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status or disability unless otherwise permitted by County policy or applicable law.  Applicants hired by the County must be citizens of the United States or legally authorized to work in the United States.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for persons with disabilities if requested.  Requests for accommodation should be submitted to Battalion Chief Meade Whitaker by email at or by phone at 434-296-5833 and must be received by 5 pm on June  30, 2020, for consideration.