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"Being there for a complete stranger when they need me"
That's the most common reason our EMS recruits provide when asked why they applied.
An EMT's role is noble & essential, but equally as demanding. The path to becoming an EMT includes months of classroom and pratical instruction. The average time required to get from application to practicing EMT is one year.
Current certifications or active endorsements will speed up the application and recruit process. For more information on process changes for existing ALS or BLS providers please contact .
STEP 1: APPLICANT to ASSIGNMENT
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
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 NREMT-B
In 2012 the Commonwealth of Virginia transitioned from a state-level written and psychomotor (pratical) exam to the NREMT certification exam. If you already have an NREMT-B or valid VA OEMS certification (valid for no less than six months from application date) at the EMT-B level you will skip this step.
If you are a non-certified applicant, the department will provide your tuition costs for an EMT-B course along with NREMT-B written/electronic testing costs for two attempts. Our EMT-B course generally takes four to five months and meets two nights a week and some weekends.
STEP 3: NREMT-B to ENDORSED PROVIDER
NREMT-B certified recruits who have obtained/completed all applicable pre-requisite certifications & courses are eligible to enroll in BLS Protocols (16 hour course). Upon completion of BLS Protocols you are eligible to be placed in an "internship" which is the field training portion of becoming an EMT.
BLS internships can last between three and six months, sometimes longer depending on variables like scheduling & availability, skills development & competency rates, and of course, call volume.
It's not an easy road, it's a rewarding one.
If this sounds like something you can do, something that you WANT to do, please click the link below and we'll start you on your journey to becoming an EMT!