Firefighter/Medic Recruitment


The Newport News Fire Department is comprised of dual-role personnel. As such, Firefighter-Medics rotate their emergency response duties between ambulance and fire apparatus. Due to their dual-role responsibilities, once hired, Recruits are required to successfully graduate from two (2) separate structured Recruit training programs designed to maximize their dual-role capabilities:

At a Glance…

  • $45,213 base salary with adjustments for certifications, skills and experience
  • + $2,000 per year for EMT-I
  • + $5,000 per year for Paramedic
  • + $600 or $1,000/year (at hire) for approved associate/bachelor's degree
  • 25-year retirement program (VRS)
  • Health, dental & vision insurance
  • Life insurance for you & family
  • Paid vacation & sick leave
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Requires completion of the Hampton Roads  Fire Academy (HRFA), Tidewater Regional Fire Academy (TRFA) or any similar fire academy approved by the department.
  • Must obtain and maintain Advanced EMT (AEMT) certification, and successfully complete the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Testing Process.
Recruits are compensated during training in extensive fire and emergency medical academies. Upon completion of Fire and EMS programs, Firefighter/Medics will earn a competitive salary while averaging ten (10) working days per month.

What You Need to Know Before Applying


Learn about the different requirements necessary for you to qualify as a candidate.


Read more regarding the physical, oral and written exams that you will need to complete.


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