Day in the life of a James City County Firefighter:
The dedicated members of the James City County Fire Department swiftly answer thousands of service calls annually. Beyond the realm of firefighting, they expertly handle medical emergencies, vehicle accidents, hazardous material spills, water crises, and any circumstance where a resident or visitor in James City County requires assistance.
Each day on duty promises a fresh array of experiences and challenges, creating an environment where our firefighters thrive. Within the James City County Fire Department, there's a commitment to nurturing professional growth through our dynamic career ladder program. This not only paves the way for career advancement but also inspires our team to seize every opportunity for personal and professional development.
May 17th, 2024, and May 18th, 2024
Mandatory general information session to discuss the position, requirements, process, and the automatic disqualifiers.
For applicants unable to attend the in-person session, virtual attendance will be available.
Review Automatic Disqualifiers
May 30th, 2024, May 31st, 2024, June 3rd, 2024, and June 4th, 2024
After attending the mandatory eligibility session, applicants will be invited to the panel interview. The panel interview will consist of a series of questions asked by a 5–6-person panel. Late arrivals will not be permitted to continue in the hiring process.
June 15th, 2024 (by invitation only)
Practice APAT June 8th, 2024 (optional)
APAT to establish a minimum level of acceptable performance needed by each applicant to be successful at the Hampton Roads Recruit Fire Academy.
Applicants are provided with personal protective gear, including a hard hat, leather work gloves, and a weighted vest to simulate firefighting gear. The test, requiring completion in 7 minutes and 29 seconds or less to pass, includes a 2-minute, 30-second warm-up on an electric step-mill. An APAT familiarization session is offered for those who want to practice with the equipment, with no registration required. Limited parking may result in a minimal wait time, and applicants are advised to wear long pants and closed toe/heel footwear.
Remember to bring the following items to your scheduled test:
- Photo ID (driver's license, passport, or college ID)
- Long pants and closed toe/heel footwear
The APAT is made up of the following events:
- Warm up
- Event 1: Ladder raise and extension
- Event 2: Forcible entry
- Event 3: High rise pack and stair climb event
- Events 4 and 5: Supply line advancement and pull
- Event 6: Ceiling breach and pull
- Event 7: Equipment carry
- Event 8: Ventilation
- Event 9: Victim rescue
Download the Full Description of Events (PDF) for more details.
If you are given a conditional offer of employment, a background investigation is conducted through the Fire Marshal’s Office and includes:
- Review of completed questionnaire
- Polygraph examination
- Criminal history
- Sex offender registry check
- Driving record
- Credit history
- Neighborhood survey
- Character reference check
- Employment records check
Included in post-offer checks is the pre-employment physical and drug screening. All selected candidates are required to complete this step.
Anticipated Start Date: August 16th, 2024
Those who satisfactorily complete the background investigation and post-offer checks will be placed in a pool for further consideration. A permanent offer of employment will be made to individuals selected from this pool based on the needs of the department and the number of positions available. This pool of applicants will remain active until one year has passed.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Fire Department Recruitment Coordinator.
Where will your career take you?
We take pride in being leaders of progressive public safety in Virginia.