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The job is as safe as we can make it. Firefighting and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) duties contain inherent dangers. Training, equipment, teamwork, and applied individual study all maximize safety.
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Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) can respond to emergencies ranging from automobile accidents to major fires. When they arrive at an emergency, they quickly determine the nature and extent of the patient’s condition. They provide emergency care and, when necessary, transport the patient to a local medical facility.
EMTs are trained to provide basic life support (BLS) services in a pre-hospital setting, ranging from cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to spinal immobilization.
Paramedics can provide advanced life support (ALS) services to patients during medical emergencies. The advanced training enables them to perform some invasive procedures and dispense medications under the supervision of a physician.
Members typically are dispatched by a 911 telecommunicator and work closely with police officers at the scene of an emergency.
We do not have a residency requirement for fire department personnel except for the Fire Chief and Deputy Chief. They must live within 10 miles from the city limits.
You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be hired. There is no maximum age limit.
No, the Williamsburg Fire Department offers only full-time employment.
Maintaining a good physical condition is extremely important in Firefighting / Emergency Medical Services (EMS) duties. Fire academy recruits must pass a physically demanding Work Performance Evaluation in order to successfully complete the training program. After completing the fire academy, firefighters are required to pass the department’s Work Performance Evaluation twice a year.
First, candidates must submit a completed application to the City’s Department of Human Resources. The selection process includes the successful completion of:
Each selection process is a stand-alone process. Therefore, candidates interested in continuing to seek a Firefighter-Medic position with the City of Williamsburg must reapply during each open application period.
Yes, at times the Firefighting / Emergency Medical Services (EMS) job is stressful. However, training, physical fitness, and Fire Department support all help to minimize stress.
The Hampton Roads Recruit Fire Academy is typically scheduled for Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5 pm, and lasts for approximately sixteen weeks.
Once assigned to shift work, you will work 24-hour shifts, 8 am to 8 pm. You will work an average of 56 hours a week and 10 days a month on-duty. However, schedules are at the discretion of Fire Administration.
A career as a Firefighter-Medic can be rewarding in many ways, but specific benefits include:
Yes. You are required to attend and graduate from the Hampton Roads Recruit Fire Academy (HRRFA).
The program is scheduled for approximately sixteen weeks.
Typically, Hampton Roads Recruit Fire Academy (HRRFA) is hosted by the City of Newport News and City of Hampton Fire Departments.
Hampton Roads Recruit Fire Academy (HRRFA) graduates are certified in:
Yes. The Williamsburg Fire Department is comprised of dual-role personnel, therefore you will rotate between medic unit and fire apparatus duties.
Yes, all new members are required to go through the Academy regardless of past years of firefighting experience. A consideration to waive the Academy for candidates who are graduates of Tidewater Regional Fire Academy (TRFA) may be made at the discretion of the Fire Chief.
We accept applications for Firefighter / Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) only during the posting period. Make sure and submit an on-line application by the posted deadline. Applications will not be accepted once the posting has closed.
Candidates are hired as openings become available in the department due to resignations or retirements. There is no way to predict when these positions will need to be filled.
We welcome out of state applicants. We encourage applicants who will be traveling to Virginia to be aware of our hiring process.
Yes. If a conditional offer of employment is made, the candidate must satisfactorily complete a full medical physical examination.
The Williamsburg Fire Department is very selective when hiring new Firefighters. The most desirable candidates will possess a clean criminal record and meet all of the other requirements. Candidates who have a serious misdemeanor conviction within the past five years or a felony conviction will not be considered eligible for the position.
The requirements to apply for the Fire Fighter / Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Position are:
The following will disqualify an applicant from being a firefighter:
Williamsburg Fire Department operates one station that is staffed by career firefighters. Depending on the day, volunteer members will aid career staff during shift work.
Williamsburg considers the candidate interview to be the strength of its hiring process. For an applicant who qualifies, there will be a panel interview. During the panel interview, candidates are asked questions by a group of 3 to 5 professionals to include firefighter / Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), administrative personnel, and fire officers. The session lasts 20 to 30 minutes.
In most instances, the probationary period is one year from date of hire.
About 10 square miles. Don’t let the size of our responding area fool you, the City lends itself to a variety of emergencies:
Included within the city boundaries are Colonial Williamsburg - a 1.5 square mile outdoor museum of 18th-century structures - and the College of William and Mary. Each of these areas presents unique hazard potential within the city limits. The Williamsburg Fire Department protects the City of Williamsburg and aids James City County and York County on a daily basis. We protect approximately 16,000 residents, and at times, the population of the city will more than double due to the influx of out of town guests and college students.