James City County Fire Department

James City County is Hiring Firefighters

Apply for an exciting career opportunity
in firefighting and emergency medical services!



We are accepting applications for firefighter positions to fill current vacancies and create a hiring pool of eligible applicants to fill future vacancies. 


Minimum qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid Virginia driver’s license (or ability to obtain)
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States
  • No automatic disqualifiers are met
  • Satisfactory results of post-conditional offer assessments including extensive background investigation, polygraph exam, criminal history/sex offender check, credential check, driving record check, physical exam, drug screening and psychological assessment.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Virginia or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate or Paramedic
  • Hampton Roads Recruit Fire Academy or Tidewater Regional Fire Academy graduate or equivalent (as determined by James City County Fire Department)
  • College degree, and/or military experience.

If needed, James City County Fire Department will send you to the Hampton Roads Recruit Fire Academy (16 weeks), as well as, provide training for EMT and Advanced EMT certifications. A 5% increase is awarded when the fire academy and EMT are completed. Pay incentive (up to $6,000 added to base salary) and tuition assistance program (up to $5,250 per year) are provided to encourage paramedic training. Firefighters have 4 career ladder levels based on years of service, training and education.

Starting salary is $41,428-$51,503 or higher DOQ.

Virginia Values Veterans

Please visit our Employment page for information about the application and hiring process, FAQ, automatic disqualifiers and physical ability testing. All applications must be submitted online through the James City County Career Center. Create a profile and apply! 

Contact a recruiter for any questions at fire.recruiting@jamescitycountyva.gov or call 757-565-7650
James City County is a Virginia Values Veterans (V3) employer.



Media Contact: Ryan Ashe, Fire Chief

757-220-0626; ryan.ashe@jamescitycountyva.gov

Media Contact: Ryan Ashe, Fire Chief

757-220-0626; ryan.ashe@jamescitycountyva.gov

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