Department of Fire Rescue  |  Hiring Process


Our hiring process is now closed.

Applications are open from September 1st 2019 and close on October 31st 2019


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About us

Albemarle County Fire Rescue is a combination department, made up of both career and volunteer members, which provides emergency fire, rescue, and medical services for 105,000 residents and 726 square miles of land. Our staffing consists of 109 career personnel and 450 volunteers countywide with response areas that are urban and rural. Albemarle County has 14 Fire/EMS stations equipped with modern equipment, apparatus, and fitness facilities.

Our county surrounds the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia, and includes a wide variety of protection demands from residential to industrial, including national historical treasures, high security government facilities, and the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport.


Our biggest asset:  our people!

Our personnel are highly qualified and motivated. In addition to working seamlessly on the job, many of our personnel participate together as a team off duty in sporting events such as marathons and 5ks for charity, local softball leagues, participation in 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, and most recently the Spartan Race.  Employees also regularly gather outdoor sports and solidly participate in various local charity events.  Carry the Load!



Albemarle County Career Staff provide staffing at several volunteer stations as well as our County owned stations. This necessitates two different staffing models. Our Day shift personnel work four 12 hour shifts each week with a rotating day off and most major holidays. Our 24 hr shift follows the 3 / 4 model. Personnel can expect to be assigned to either shift during their career with our department.  B crew, Station 15


Experience rewarded (New Public Safety Payscale effective Jan 2019)

Starting salary (following recruit training) $41,475 - $68,044 once released as FF/EMT in our system (depending on experience level).  We also offer an ALS stipend of $8500 and a career development program with stipends for DPO, HAZMAT, and TRT.  College degree incentives also offered. ($1000 for Associates degree, $2000 for Bachelors degree)

For more info on where your experience falls on the scale, contact Battalion Chief Meade Whitaker at 434-260-2067.  ****


Minimum qualifications:

18 years of age, High school diploma or GED, and valid VA driver's license. All candidates need to succesfully complete written and agility testing, interviews, and a background check process.


Hiring Timelines

Applications open Sept. 1st and close Oct. 31st 2019



Preparing for the Firefighter/EMT Hiring Process

Application & Resume Preparation

Job description and application

Written test preperation

Concerned about what the written test is like? Would you like some helping preparing?  Visit these resources available at your local branch of the Jefferson Madison Regional Library to find out more.

Click here for a list of prep resources listed on Amazon.



Physical Ability Test

The Physical Ability Test or (PAT) tests your physical fitness capabilities. Our physical ability test consists of ten consecutive job-related events that require a course-completion time of 10:50 or less in order to be successful. Click on the links below to watch some of the fitness videos, that have been prepared to assist you in your application.

Upper body 

Lower body



Background Check

 Background check information notes click here



Annual & Sick Leave (begins accruing on date of hire)
Sick Leave Bank
Paid/Compensated Holidays
Life Insurance (double annual salary)
Retirement through the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) with Firefighter Supplement (LEOS)
Supplemental Retirement (available pre-tax through Nationwide Retirement Solutions)
Health & Vision Insurance
Dental Insurance
Flexible Benefit Pre-Tax Program
Tuition Reimbursement
Discount Program
Free Admission to Albemarle County Parks & Recreation Facilities



Click here for Albemarle County employment opportunities.
Job descriptions for positions may be viewed
Employee Benefits information is available 


For more information on the hiring or application processes, please contact Battalion Chief Meade Whitaker.

For website admissions and comments please contact Capt. Mick Pitt.




Contact the Department
Fire Rescue
460 Stagecoach Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902
FAX: 434-972-4123
Email the Department