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The City of Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services is part of a high performance organization in the City of Richmond. If you have the desire to join an elite organization, enjoy learning, working well with others, and want to help people, then you should join the Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

The men and women of the Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services face new, exciting and challenging situations every day. You will fight fires, perform rescues, provide emergency medical assistance, become skilled in the use of sophisticated equipment, protect property and save lives. The satisfaction that comes from helping others and the pride in being one of a select group of highly trained professionals are just two of reasons for considering a position with the Richmond Fire Department as a fire fighter. It is much more than a job, it's a career.

The City of Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services recruits are on a two-year cycle. The minimum qualifications for Fire Recruit position include a HS Diploma/GED, a valid driver's license (VA license is required within 30 days of hire) and you must be at least 18 years old at the time of hire. There are other restrictions that automatically disqualify an applicant including conviction of any felony. More details are available on the Fire Recruit job specification information found on the City’s HR website and further down this page. We have a 26-week training academy that all new firefighters must attend regardless of experience or prior rank. We have career development at all class titles below Fire Lieutenant.


The application period for Entry Level Fire Recruits is closed. The next application period will reopen Fall 2018

For additional information and to apply through our on-line applicant recruitment system, which is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week with an internet connection: Click Here



Once you access this website, candidates will enter in the following case-sensitive credentials:
Username: RICHMOND Password: NF$I2017!

NOTE: Should any candidate have any issues accessing the guide, please contact IOSolutions at 1-888-784-1290 for assistance, or send an email to info@iosolutions.org.

After submission of the online application those candidates meeting the minimum requirements for the position of Fire Recruit will be invited to sit for a written test. The Written Test is scheduled for Saturday, May 27, 2017.
An email was  sent to all candidates regarding their application status.

Additionally, those candidates meeting the minimum qualifications have until Wednesday, May 24th 2017 to  schedule a time for the written test that is scheduled on Saturday, May 27, 2017.   **Check your email for additional information on location of the testing site and how to schedule a time for the written test**. A Valid Photo ID is required for test entry (Driver’s License, Military ID, Passport *Expired IDs will not be accepted*) and (3) three #2 pencils ONLY. Those candidates that score above the established cut-off will advance to the next step in the process.

How can I be notified when Richmond Fire Department is hiring:

You can sign up for Fire and EMS related job notifications here. You will be notified for up to 12 months after submitting your email address.

A candidate's sex, age, color, race, religion or other factors not related to organizational abilities will not be considered in the selection process. The Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services is an equal opportunity employer. For additional information, call (804)646-1732.

Contact Information:

Fire Department
City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-2500

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