Recruitment #23-F1-4175


Loudoun County Fire and Rescue (LCFR) delivers essential emergency and non-emergency Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) from 20 strategically located stations, responding to more than 32,000 incidents annually. LCFR, as part of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System (LC-CFRS), provides administrative, operational, and logistical support for the County's 14 volunteer fire and rescue companies, the LC-CFRS Executive Committee, and its governance structure. LC-CFRS is comprised of approximately 700 career employees and 800+ active operational and administrative volunteers. The Department is a growing organization that serves a large and diverse population located 30 miles northwest of Washington, DC. We provide a full range of emergency and non-emergency services to approximately 430,000 citizens within a 520 square mile area. Additional information about the Department is located at

We seek to hire a highly motivated, effective, and diverse workforce to meet the needs of the County's citizens and visitors and support the Department's core values of Teamwork, Integrity, Professionalism, and Service. Loudoun County offers a meaningful career, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package. Additional information is available at

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue is a State-Approved Agency for Veterans Education and Training. Eligible veterans are able to use their GI Bill benefits while attending the recruit academy as well as the remainder of their probation period in operations. This institution is approved to offer the GI Bill educational benefits by the Virginia State Approving Agency. VA benefits are only available for a full, traditional recruit school. Additional information about Loudoun County Fire and Rescue is accessible at

Job Description

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue is currently seeking qualified applicants to establish an eligibility pool for the position of Firefighter/EMT.

Selected candidates are expected to provide skilled emergency and non-emergency related services, including, but not limited to: fire suppression, basic and advanced pre-hospital emergency medical care, hazardous materials incident response, technical rescue operations, life safety, public education program delivery, and other duties, as assigned. All candidates will be required to successfully complete a Fire-Rescue Recruit School before assignment to a fire and rescue station. Generally, traditional recruit schools last approximately six (6) to seven (7) months and accelerated recruit schools last approximately 12 weeks which may be offered based on Department discretion and qualified candidate availability. While in Recruit School, Recruits will be assigned to a 40-hour work week. Upon successful completion of Recruit School, and considered minimum staffing, Recruits transition to Probationary Firefighters/EMT's and will then move to a 48- hour work week. This schedule equates to 24 hours on shift, 48 hours off shift with an assigned "Kelly day". (Kelly Day- A regularly scheduled day off at a scheduled interval to ensure a consistent 48-hour average work schedule). Employees' salaries will remain the same upon transition from a 40-hour schedule to a 48-hour schedule.

ALS Benefit: We are seeking Advanced Life Support (ALS) Providers to join our department. Upon local authorization following successful completion of Recruit School, an Intermediate or Paramedic will become eligible for a $10,000 one-time, lump sum incentive, in addition to an ALS Specialty Pay Adjustment. The current ALS Specialty Pay levels, in addition to base salary are as follows, Advanced (A-EMT) - $6,000, Intermediate - $12,000, and Paramedic - $14,000.

Education Benefit: Additional compensation offered for candidates who possess a four (4) year degree or higher. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree will start at a step 2 ($57,762.92), and Master's Degree at a step 3 ($60,651.06).

Job Requirements

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, must hold a valid driver's license, and possess a High School Diploma or GED at time of application. As part of the selection process, applicants may be disqualified for use of drugs, certain driving violations, or other factors based on selection criteria. Successful candidates must be tobacco-free and nicotine-free, both on and off duty, at the time of hire and remain tobacco and nicotine free for the duration of their employment with Loudoun County Fire and Rescue.

If you would like additional information or have any questions, contact Fire-Rescue Human Resources via attention: Lt. Michael Haynes.

Special Requirements

Preference will be given to those candidates possessing one or more of the following: Virginia Intermediate, Virginia or National Registry Paramedic, Loudoun County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Experience and/or Military Experience.

The Department may elect to hold an accelerated academy based on the number of applicants that possess all of the following:

  • NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations
  • NFPA 1001 Firefighter 1
  • NFPA 1001 Firefighter 2 
  • Virginia or National Registry EMT (or higher)

To show proof of certification(s), candidates must submit Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) certificates (or full VDFP transcript), or certificates showing equivalency through the Pro-Board Fire Service Professional Qualifications System and/or International Fire Service Accreditation Congress. Candidates may submit NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Operations certificates that do not meet the criteria above for consideration. All certifications must be sent to

Post Conditional Offer Contingencies

The selection process may take up to seven months and includes the successful completion of an Online Written Examination, Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), Polygraph Examination, NFPA 1582 Medical Examination/Substance Abuse Screening, and a comprehensive background check, to include NCIC/VCIN criminal history check, fingerprinting, a driving record check to be placed in the eligibility pool.

The number of candidates selected to move through each stage of the process will be based on the number of available vacancies. Please note, with written testing being conducted on-line, applicants will need access to a computer with a camera, microphone, and a reliable internet connection. Written test dates will vary month to month, therefore applicants will be notified of testing dates upon receipt of application from Loudoun County Human Resources.