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Frequently Asked Questions about the Medic Recruitment Process  

 Q:  Is the Department currently accepting applications?
A:  Yes, the Medic II position is open until May 15, 2014.

Q:  Do I need Emergency Medical Services / Paramedic experience in order to be considered?
  You must be certified as either a Virginia EMT-I or EMT-P or a National Registry Paramedic to work as a Medic II. However, if you are currently enrolled in class and will have one of the required certifications by Fall 2014, you will still be considered during the application process.  All factors are considered when you apply, such as work history, education, the ability to work in a team environment, and the desire to serve the public in all facets as a Medic II. 

Q:  Will negative points on my driving record affect my chances of being considered?
  Yes, these will be examined on a case by case basis. If you have more than 4 negative points on your driving record, this could hurt your chances in our process. Check with your local jurisdiction to see how to reduce your –negative point total.

Q:  Once I have completed the process, will I be hired?
  This is a competitive process, and not all candidates can be hired for recruit school.

Q:  How many candidates do you plan to hire in the coming year?
 Based upon budget considerations and current vacancies, we hope to hire between five and eight Medic II candidates in the Spring of 2014.

Q:  If I have successfully passed the Candidate Physical Ability test (CPAT) with another jurisdiction, can I be exempted from your CPAT?
 You may be CPAT exempted as long as you have provided valid documentation with verification that you have successfully passed CPAT with a jurisdiction licensed under the IAFF and IAFC. However, a valid CPAT must have been completed before the date of our scheduled CPAT test.  

Q:  What entry exams will be used?
  The HOBET (Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test)

What are the working hours of this position?
 We average a 42-hour work week. Medic II’s in Alexandria work on average 7-8 24 hour shifts per month. The shifts rotate with a member working weekends and holidays. These shifts start at 7 a.m. and end at 7a.m. However, there are times when you may be assigned to another schedule for certain positions in the department.

Q:  I am a Paramedic in another jurisdiction. Do you accept lateral transfers without competition?
 We do not accept lateral transfers. All applicants are required to complete a competitive process.

Q:  I am in the military and want to start the process, when should I apply?
 We highly recommend you apply about 6 – 12 months prior to your end time in service. Our training academy is scheduled to start in late fall 2014. You will need to be available to complete all scheduled events, because failure to do so will disqualify you from the current process. We will work with military candidates to ensure they have a fair chance to make all scheduled events in the process.

Q:  Do you hire individuals who are not United States citizens?
  You do not need to be a U. S. citizen; however, you must present official documentation that you are legally eligible to work in the U.S.

Q:  Do I need to be a resident of Virginia or the City of Alexandria in order to work there?
  No, we have no residency requirements.

Q:  Do you consider applicants who have legal, drug, etc. issues in their backgrounds?
  We will discuss these issues with candidates on an individual basis. However, you will be disqualified if you are not truthful about these issues on your application form or any time during the selection process. We cannot hire anyone who has been convicted of a felony. Any recent drug use may be a disqualifier.

Q:  How do I find out if a medical condition is not allowed under National Fire Protection Association regulations?
A. You may inquire with the Fire Department’s Recruiting staff to clarify any questions about the medical conditions not allowed under NFPA regulations.

Q: I wear glasses. Will that disqualify me?
A: We follow NFPA regulations on medical allowances. This will be evaluated by a doctor who will determine if your vision meets the standards. Eye glasses and contacts are allowed.


If you have any other questions about working for the Alexandria Fire Department, please e-mail Chris Thompson at