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Newport News Fire Department Recruitment

Newport News Fire Department Recruitment Site - Welcome


Welcome to the Newport News Fire Department Recruitment web site.
This web site explains the application and selection process.

 The application process for the fall 2013 process for Firefighter/Medic Recruit with the Cities of Hampton and Newport News is now closed.

  The eligibility list from the fall 2013 process will be good for one year (2014) as both Cities only hold one selection process a year but may hire off the eligibility list throughout the year. Please check back mid-year of 2014 for future updates notifying applicants of any upcoming selection process for Recruit(s). If you would like to receive an email when we will begin accepting applications for 2014, please send an email to and your email will be added to our distribution list.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the steps in the selection process for Firefighter/Medic Recruit?

a. Complete a joint job application on-line at where you will indicate interest with Hampton, Newport News, or both.
b. Register for the written exam on-line after you submit your job application.
c. Print off the Candidate Background Information Packet and complete prior to your scheduled written exam date.
d. Turn in the completed Candidate Background Information Packet along with the required documents on the day of your scheduled written exam date.
e. On the day of the written exam, candidate will receive the day/time of the Physical Abilities Test (PAT).
f. If the candidate is successful with the PAT then the candidate will be notified of the SOP/CPS date and time.
g. If applicable, candidate may be scheduled for panel interviews.

2. How long will the eligibility list be good?


Each jurisdiction will jointly hold one consolidated recruitment process a year. The eligibility list will remain active for one year from the date of establishment. Candidates must reapply for each new process if they wish to continue seeking a career as a Firefighter/Medic Recruit position.

3. Where is the location of the entrance exam?

The entrance exam will be held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center located at 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666.

4. What if I want to apply to both Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue (HDFR) and the Newport News Fire Department (NNFD)?

On the joint application for Firefighter/Medic Recruit, you will note at the top of the application which jurisdiction or both you would like to apply.

5. What are the disqualifiers for the position of Firefighter/Medic Recruit?

General Requirements:
• Must be at least 18 years of age.
• Must be a high school graduate or equivalent.
• Must be a U.S. citizen or legally eligible to be employed.
• Must agree to sign a No Tobacco Use agreement, which prevents an individual from using any tobacco products at any time, on or off the job, while employed by the City.
Driving Requirements:
• Must have a point balance of minus five (-5) or better (or equivalent, if a non-Virginia resident) on their Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) record in order to apply, however, if a panel interview is extended, candidate must have a point balance of minus three (-3) or better.
• Must Not have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, convicted of a felony or assigned to any alcohol safety action program or driver alcohol rehabilitation program, hit and run, reckless driving or operating on a suspended or revoked license with the past three (3) years.
• Must Not have been convicted of more than one (1) drunk driving or driving under the influence in their lifetime.
• Must Not have two (2) or more chargeable accidents during the prior two (2) years.
• Must Not have an accumulation of more than eight (8) points attributed to speeding during the previous two (2) years.
• Must Not have been convicted two (2) or more convictions of reckless driving during the previous seven (7) years.
• Must Not have been convicted of driving while license is suspended / revoked during the previous three (3) years.
• Must Not be considered uninsurable (i.e., if the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles driving record report indicates that the applicant is an uninsured motorist).

Drug Usage Requirement:
• Must Not have possessed marijuana within two (2) years of application for this position.
• Must Not be a current illegal drug user OR have ever illegally possessed in the past three (3) years any drug or controlled substance which would constitute a felony, to include illegal use of prescription medication.
• Must Not have been convicted or found guilty of any crime involving the use, possession, or distribution of illegal drugs except that the person is eligible for affiliation (5) five years after the date of final release if no additional crimes of this type have been committed during that time which is located on the following website:
• Must Not possess any conviction under the Office of Emergency Medical Services disqualifiers at the following website:


6. What needs to be submitted with the Candidate Background Information Packet?

Candidates during the written testing process will be required to submit a Candidate Background Information Packet. These documents will assist the jurisdictions in thoroughly investigating each candidate’s work history and other relevant background information. The Candidate Background Information Packet is due on the scheduled written exam day. All of the below documents MUST be submitted on the day of your scheduled entrance test day. Please provide COPIES only of the below documents. Do NOT submit the originals.
1. Copy of High School Diploma or GED. (A college/university diploma or official transcript indicating a degree was conferred may be substituted for high school/GED diploma.)
2. Current Transcript of your driving history record from the Division of Motor Vehicles in the state that currently holds your operator’s license(s). (The Virginia transcript should cost $8.) DMV record needs to be no older than 30 days from the last day of the application period. When submitting the DMV record, the record must note “end of transmission.” If a request is made on-line, the record may not identify “end of transmission.”
3. Copies of any Current EMS-related certifications you possess, including but not limited to EMT-Intermediate, EMT-Paramedic, EMT, ACLS, BTLS, CPR, etc. Copies of Current fire-related certificates for any schools, courses, and academies attended and completed.
4. If applicable, those with Military Service must include a copy of your DD-214 Service Record.

7. How current does my DMV record need to be?

The candidate’s DMV record needs to be no older than 30 days from the last day of the application period. A transcript of your driving history record from the Division of Motor Vehicles in the state that currently holds your operator’s license(s) is required. (The Virginia transcript should cost $8.) When submitting the DMV record, the record must note “end of transmission.” If a request is made on-line, the record may not identify “end of transmission.”

8. What do you mean when you say “dual-role responsibilities”?

The Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue (HDFR) and the Newport News Fire Department (NNFD) is comprised of dual-role personnel. As such, Firefighter/Medics rotate their emergency response duties between ambulance and fire apparatuses.

Due to their dual-role responsibilities, recruits hired will be required to successfully graduate from the physically demanding Tidewater Regional Fire Academy (TRFA) and the EMT - Intermediate program.

9. What is the work schedule?

Training programs during the Tidewater Regional Fire Academy (TRFA) for Firefighter/Medic Recruits are typically scheduled for Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 5 PM. Training programs during EMT training may include in addition weekends where clinical programs will be scheduled and other days off will be provided.
Once assigned to a station, you will work 24-hour shifts, 8 AM – 8 AM. The rotating 3 days On and 4 days Off schedule averages to 56 hours a week and 10 days a month on-duty. The City of Hampton is on a 7/21 cycle. A more detailed explanation can be found on Hampton’s website located at
10. How long do TRFA and EMT training last?
The Recruit training lasts approximately 32 weeks. Each program is scheduled for at least 16 weeks.

11. Where does the Recruit training take place?

The Newport News Fire Department Training Center is located in the Lee Hall area of the City. The address is:
17300 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23603

The NNFD Training Center grounds host the Regional Burn Building and Regional Fire Training Tower.

12. What certifications do you obtain when you graduate?

TRFA graduates are certified in Firefighter I & II, Haz-Mat Operations, Vehicle Rescue I, and May Day! Firefighter Down, Introduction to Technical Rescue, Communicating with Children, Basic Pump Operations. You are also nationally registered and certified to the Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate level.

13. Where can I obtain additional information regarding each jurisdiction?

a. For more information regarding NNFD, please visit: and

b. For more information regarding HDFR, please visit:


14. What type of benefits does each of the Cities provide?
You can look on-line at the following:
Newport News:

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