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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

  • Abbreviated recruit school for experienced providers:

    • ACFR is recruiting for experienced providers to join the ACFR family. Selected recruits will participate in a 10-week paid school to ensure success with our department. Topics covered will include firefighter survival, EVOC, TECC, and the ACFR Way.

    • Applicants should have Firefighter/EMS experience, as well as Virginia EMS certification (or ability to obtain reciprocity/legal recognition, with Paramedic credentials preferred) and Virginia Firefighter 1 (or ProBoard Firefighter certification).

    • Application period: April 1 – May 1, 2022

    • Recruit school begins in September 2022.

  • 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; however, many individuals have experience in a variety of industries and backgrounds that will lead them to a successful career in the fire rescue service.

    • Application period: July 1 – August 1, 2022

    • Recruit school begins in January 2023.

Firefighter/EMT Pay

- Once released, those with career fire rescue experience can expect to make between $46,305 - $77,445 (depending on experience level).*


- Individuals entering the fire service without prior career experience will have a salary of $44,100 during recruit school, with a 5% increase to $46,305 once released.*

- College degree incentives

   - $1000 for associate's degree

   - $2000 for bachelor's degree

- $3000 Sign-On Bonus

- Virginia Retirement System

* Includes 4% increase pending Board of Supervisors approval of FY23 Budget.

Skill-Based Pay and Stipends

- $8500 for ALS stipend 

- $1000 for Driver Pump Operator 

- $1000 for HAZMAT Ops 

- $1000 for Technical Rescue Team 


* Added to annual base pay after assessment and release

Application period for Experienced Providers - April 1, 2022 - May 1, 2022
Reach out to workforacfr@albemarle.org 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 hchildress@albemarle.org or by phone at 434-296-5833 and must be received by 5pm on May 1, 2022 for consideration.