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  • All applicants:

    • Must be at least 18 years of age

    • Have a high school diploma or GED

    • Valid driver's license for at least two years

    • Have a legal right to work in the US

  • Full length recruit school:

    • Candidates should have enthusiasm, a commitment to public service, a positive attitude, and a desire to make the community a better place.

    • No prior fire rescue experience is necessary. Experience in a variety of industries and personal backgrounds have led many individuals to a successful career in the fire rescue service.

    • Application period:  July 16 - August 16, 2024 

    • Written testing will be completed online

    • Physical agility testing will be in person

    • The panel interview will be completed online

    • The executive interview will be in person is being updated.

    • Recruit school begins in January/February 2025.

Firefighter/EMT Pay
Skill-Based Pay and Stipends*

- You can expect to make between $52,000 - $87,018 depending on experience. Please reach out to to discuss your specific experience levels to determine the most accurate pay rate.

- College degree incentives

   - $1,000 for associate's degree

   - $2,000 for bachelor's degree

- Virginia Retirement System

- $10,000 for Paramedic stipend 

- $1,000 for Driver Pump Operator 

- $1,000 for Hazardous Materials Technician

- $1,000 for Technical Rescue Team 


* Added to annual base pay after assessment, release, and, if applicable, placement onto specialty team.

Reach out to with any questions.

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 an accommodation should be submitted to Deputy Chief Heather Childress by email at or by phone at 434-296-5833 and must be received by 5pm on August 23, 2024 for consideration.

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