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FIREFIGHTER?

"When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished.  What he does after that is all in the line of work."

     Edward F. Croker

Firefighters in Prince William County spend (on average) eight to twelve months in class and another two to four months in on-the-job training. Once a Firefighter has earned the title, a career of dedication and never-ending training begins.

 

Becoming a Firefighter is not easy, some would say that staying a Firefighter is even more difficult. The profession is one of the most rewarding decisions you can make in your life, but you must be sure that you are aware of the risks and the benefits.

STEP 1:  APPLICANT to ASSIGNMENT

1-2 Months

The DCVFD application process generally takes a month to complete however, there are several factors that could contribute to a quicker or slower process for you. During the application process we perform:

 

  • Internal Qualification & Interview 

  • National, State, & Local Criminal Records Check

  • Fingerprinting

  • Drug Screening & Physical (Medical)

  • Board-Level Review & Acceptance

 

Once an applicant has successfully met membership requirements and has been accepted by the DCVFD Board of Directors, the applicant is assigned to our recruit training division.

 

After a recruit has completed recruit training & all pre-requisite certification and non-certification courses they are assigned to a duty crew.

STEP 2:  ASSIGNMENT to FIREFIGHTER

8-10 Months

After succesful completion of recruit training and battalion assignment, you will be enrolled in the closest Firefighter I and II course that is accompanied with three additional certification courses necessary to operate as a Firefighter in the Commonwealth. Firefighter I/II includes basic coursework that includes: 

 

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)

  • Ladder Operations

  • Entry-Level Confined Space Drills

  • Suppression Operations Training

  • Fire Behavior & Air Track Management

  • Sprinkler & Fire Suppression Systems

  • Mayday/Firefighter Down (Self-Rescue Course)

  • Rapid Intervention Team "RIT" Training

  • Hazardous Materials Training (Operations-Level)

 

Upon successful completion of Firefighter I/II and associated certification coursework, probationary Firefighters are required to complete on-the-job training prior to being certified to operate independently.

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Woodbridge Virginia, 22193

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