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Last Updated: 2009-08-20


The City of Richmond Fire Department is not currently recruiting for firefighters. However the City of Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services is part of a high performance organization in the City of Richmond. If you would desire to join an elite organization, enjoy learning, work well with others, and want to help people, then you may be an eventual candidate for joining 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 time of hiring. 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 24-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.

Fire Fighter Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a high school graduate or possess a GED equivalent;
  • Hold a valid Virginia driver's license or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire and have a good driving record;
  • Be able to work variable hours;
  • Pass the pre-employment process (written exam, interviews, physical agility performance test);
  • Pass FBI background investigation and psychological evaluation;
  • Pass zero tolerance (illegal) drug screen; and
  • Satisfactorily complete an extensive medical exam.


  • Conviction of any felony or entering a plea of nolo-contendre in any felony charge automatically disqualifies an applicant;
  • Conviction of more than one DWI/DUI;
  • Conviction of any DUI within five years of date of application or date of hire;
  • If the applicant has more than minus seven traffic points on their drivers license at date of hire;
  • An applicant cannot have been convicted of any offense (12VAC5-31-910: Criminal or enforcement history) that denies the applicant licensure as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
  • A list of those offenses is at:

How can I be notified when the 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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