Firefighter Jobs in Roanoke

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Here is your guide to getting a job as a Firefighter/EMT in the City of Roanoke, Virginia.

Fire-EMS Jobs for Firemen, Firewomen, Firefighters, EMT’s, Paramedics, Cardiac Tech’s, and Paramedics in Roanoke.

The Roanoke Fire-EMS Department accepts applications for the position of Firefighter year round. All Firefighters are trained to the level of at least FFII and EMT-B in a 13 week recruit school. The recruits are also put through training such as EVOCI-III (emergency vehicle operator course), Rope Rescue I, Vehicle Rescue, MayDay Firefighter Down, CPR, DPO (Driver Pump Operator). Some classes are added and some are taken away each school like the DPO class and confined space, or even DPO – Aerial Operator. Applications are good for 1 year from the date of submission.

Written tests are held monthly for the applicants.

The RFEMS has set up an email address you can access HERE. You can always email me at, if you have questions as well.
Firefighter/EMT candidates must: (FOUND HERE)

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent;
  • Meet vision requirements of 20/100 in both eyes; both correctable to 20/20;
  • Be physically fit, height and weight must be in proportion;
  • Have a valid Virginia driver’s license; and
  • Have no criminal background or poor traffic record.
Roanoke uses the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) as its physical test. From what I understand, if you have taken the test and passes in the past year, then it is good here. You might call and make sure that is correct. The next CPAT will be held in Spring 2006.

Currently there is a posting for 5-10 positions to be filled in early Summer of 2006. By my count, there are already 8 positions open.

The Firefighter payscale is as follows:
Firefighter/EMT-Basic: $30,452
Firefighter/EMT-Intermediate: $32,221
Firefighter/EMT-Paramedic: $34,221

You can apply online at, or you can stop in and complete an application at The Municipal Building Room 207, 215 Church Ave. SW Roanoke, Virginia 24011.

From what I understand, the new recruits might have to sign a 2-5 year contract and will have to sign a contract to get at least an EMT-I certification.

If indeed you have any other questions, please let me know. I will try to answer all questions. If indeed you are trying to get hired, good luck. I have been in contact with several candidates. As with any job in the Fire Service, you need to keep your head up.

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