CHESAPEAKE (CITY OF)
304 ALBEMARLE DRIVE
CHESAPEAKE, VIRGINIA 23322
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Updated: July 16, 2021
Job Classification: Firefighter/EMT Trainee
************* PREAPPROVED TESTING PROCESS – BY INVITATION ONLY ****************
FireTEAM testing through the National Testing network will be by invitation only. All candidates are required to fill out an online employment application with the City of Chesapeake. The online employment application can be accessed here: https://www.jobs.cityofchesapeake.net/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp
Please fill out a Candidate Interest Card at http://www.cityofchesapeake.net/government/City-Departments/Departments/fire/jobs.htm if you would like to be notified when the City of Chesapeake is accepting applications.
The Chesapeake Fire Department will conduct CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) testing, at their CPAT testing facility, for all applicants once the application period closes. Applicants with a valid CPAT certificate (less than 180 days old) may submit a copy to the Chesapeake Fire Department prior to the scheduled CPAT test date.
Candidates who have filled out the City's application, successfully passed CPAT, and meet minimum requirements will receive notification from the City of Chesapeake to schedule testing.
****Chesapeake Fire Department is a licensed CPAT testing agency. Valid CPAT certificates from NTN or other licensed CPAT agencies will be accepted upon verification.****
Salary Information: $42,008 (Upon completion of the fire academy: minimum $44,326 DOQ)
Benefit Information: City of Chesapeake’s Benefit Page can be found at: https://www.optimahealth.com/group-pages/city-of-chesapeake/
Candidate Contact:Becky Van BeverenOffice Specialist II, CFD Support Servicesrvanbeveren@cityofchesapeake.net
Department Overview: The Chesapeake Fire Department is a "Family" promoting teamwork, innovation, and compassion. We are committed to fairness, honesty, and respect. We are motivated by an environment of trust and driven by the desire to help others. Our dedication is to protect and improve the quality of life by providing responsive and caring service to the citizens of and visitors to the City of Chesapeake. The Chesapeake Fire Department is a progressive, all-hazards emergency services response agency that includes:
These services are provided by 430 members from 15 fire stations equipped with state-of-the-art fire and EMS apparatus, rescue, and medical equipment. In 2018, the Chesapeake Fire Department responded to 29,958 calls for service. Our Firefighters are committed to delivering the finest customer service possible.
Members of our department are also participating members in the following federal, state, & regional special operations teams and have deployed to numerous man-made and natural disasters both nationally and internationally.
If you are looking for a rewarding career with a premier department, and are committed to providing outstanding fire and emergency medical services to the community we serve, the Chesapeake Fire Department is the place for you.
Area Information: The City of Chesapeake was formed in 1963 through the consolidation of the City of South Norfolk and Norfolk County. The City is comprised of 353 square miles and is located in the southeastern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Hampton Roads region. Chesapeake is bordered to the north by the Cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, to the east by the City of Virginia Beach, to the south by Currituck and Camden Counties in North Carolina, and to the west by the City of Suffolk.
Population: The Chesapeake Fire Department serves a municipal population of over 239,399 citizens.
US Citizen: Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
High School Grad/GED: Requires high school diploma or GED and any combination of education and experience equivalent to satisfactory completion of one year of college education.
Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes
Vision: Candidate's vision must meet the requirements outlined in NFPA 1582 – Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments.
Academy Certification: Candidates who successfully pass all phases of the selection process will be required to attend and complete the Hampton Roads Recruit Fire Academy.
Prior Experience: No, but preferential points are awarded for prior Fire and EMS training/experience depending on qualifications.
Necessary Certifications: Minimum certifications required upon graduation from the Hampton Roads Recruit Fire Academy:
Schooling Prior and Post Hiring: Candidates who successfully pass all phases of the selection process will be required to attend and complete the Hampton Roads Recruit Fire Academy. The Fire Chief has the discretion to waive the Trainee status for a candidate who has previously met minimum basic training standards for the position of Firefighter/EMT in the Commonwealth of Virginia, or any other state with whom there is reciprocity.
Hiring Process: The candidate selection process consists of six components and all candidates must have a valid CPAT certificate to advance in the selection process:
Specific Disqualifiers/Behaviors: Driving Disqualifiers: Candidate's driving record must be in accordance with the City of Chesapeake Driving Standards Policy:
Drug Use Disqualifiers:A conviction of any crime involving controlled substances or synthetics, including unlawful possession or distribution or intent to distribute unlawfully Schedule I through V drugs as defined by the Virginia Drug Control Act (§ 54.1-3400 seq. of the Code of Virginia) unless at least five years have passed since the conviction or five years have passed since release from custodial confinement whichever occurs later.
Use of Cocaine, LSD, PCP, or any type of hallucinogenic drug in the last five years or use of marijuana in the last three years, unless the candidate has successfully completed, or is currently participating in, a supervised drug rehabilitation program and is no longer engaging in the illegal use of drugs. The candidate may also demonstrate that he/she has been otherwise rehabilitated successfully and is no longer engaging in the illegal use of drugs.
Employment Disqualifiers: Candidate's criminal history record must be in accordance with the City of Chesapeake Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Entrance Selection Policy, and the City of Chesapeake Criminal History Record Check Policy:
ESTABLISHING THE FIRE ENTRANCE ELIGIBILITY LIST: Each Firefighter Trainee candidate who successfully completes all required phases of the Fire entrance selection process will be placed on the Fire entrance eligibility list for a period of 24 months.
Ranking on the Fire entrance eligibility list shall be all-inclusive based upon the candidate’s combined scores of the components of the Fire entrance selection process.
A candidate who successfully completes all phases of the Fire entrance selection process and provides appropriate documentation (DD-214) to the CFD validating his/her status as an honorably discharged U.S. veteran or certifying possession of a service-connected disability rating shall have two points added to his/her overall score for ranking on the Fire entrance eligibility list.
Post Conditional Offer Process: Once a conditional offer of employment has been extended, the candidate must pass a four-part post-conditional offer process.