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Application Process


minimum qualifications

creating a neogov account

Ready to apply? Watch below for a step-by-step guide to create a government jobs account to apply to the FCFRD

personal history statement

The Personal History Statement is the applicant’s opportunity to present themselves to the Fire and Rescue Department. The PHS collects information including education, military background, previous firefighter/EMT experience, residential history, driving history, arrest history, drug use history, and official supplemental documentation. Inaccurate, untruthful, or misleading statement(s) in the PHS are cause for disqualification

written exam

the fcfrd utilizes the i.o. solutions national firefighter selection inventory (nfsi) written exam. the exam consists of the following:
all exam scores are recorded in the application packet and will be reviewed during employment consideration. Applicants may choose to purchase study guides and/or interactive tests through the test developer, Industrial/Organizational, or, through other third-party entities. Please ensure the correct exam is selected: I.O. Solutions National Firefighter Selection Inventory (NFSI).
*note: Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department does not purchase, supply, or reimburse; all purchases are voluntary and are the sole responsibility of the applicant.

physical abilities test

preparing for the exam:

polygraph exam

best success comes from applicants who remain forthcoming and truthful!

psychological evaluation

eligibility list and selection

After completion of the process components, the applicant file is reviewed by fcfrd senior leadership. applicants are rated and placed on the fcfrd eligibility list for 12-months. job offers are made regularly by phone; applicants are encouraged to notify the recruitment section of any phone number changes, set up their voicemail box on their phones, and continually check their government jobs account.
if an applicant has not received a job offer after their application expires, they are permitted to reapply.
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Yes! There is no residential requirement.

You do not have to be a U.S. Citizen to work for Fairfax County Government, however, you must be eligible to work in the United States.

The process can take 5 months or longer to complete.

Yes, if you have taken CPAT within 12-months from an IAFF certified facility. Applicants will be exempt from taking the FCFRD PAT, contingent on certificate validation.

    1. The FCFRD is committed to assisting veterans in accessing the benefits they have earned. Military members may be eligible for GI Bill® benefits during and immediately following recruit training.

This institution is approved to offer GI Bill® educational benefits by the Virginia State Approving Agency. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

After completing the process, applicants are placed on the eligibility list for 12-months. If you are selected for employment, you will be notified. If you are not selected for employment after 12-months, you may reapply.

The academy is 6 months long and is conducted Monday-Friday, 40-hour work weeks. The academy is not residential.

The FCFRD shift schedule operates on a 24-hour rotation. Members are on duty for 24-hours at a time, every other day, for 5 days. After the “tour”’ is complete, members are off for 4-days. More simply: 24 on, 24 off, 24 on, 24 off, 24 on, 96 off.



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