The hiring process test is easy (nothign harder than high school level thought process). I usually describe it like taken the military's hiring test, all cognitive. If you go on line to our website it has a downloadable study guide to give you a better idea.
The training is 24 weeks and held at our academy. They teach you just like you were in school. As long as you pay attention you should be fine. Physically the fire training is hard, mentally the EMT is hard. If you study you will be fine.
Sorry it took awhile to responed. I have been doing army reserves and was at a conference.
The starting pay is 44,000. Yes the cost of living is high in the area but you don't have to live in the county. A lot of our guys live south of PWC and it is cheaper.
It is a great time to join if you feel this is the career for you. The enjoyment you recieve from this profession is amazing. A pension retirment and great benifits helps with that decision. Still have a lot of growth in the department so you don't have to wait until someone retires to move up in the ranks.
We are offering opportunities for full pay and benefits WHILE WE TRAIN YOU to become a professional Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician! These entry level positions require no previous experience. Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. A GED is acceptable.
Our 450 career men and women Firefighters/Emergency Medical Technicians are dedicated to protecting lives. Few careers can offer such a challenging and meaningful mission in an atmosphere of teamwork and camaraderie. Prince William County, VA, pop. 380,000, is a large and diverse community located 35 miles southwest of Washington, D. C. We are a growing organization with tremendous learning and promotional opportunities.
If selected, we provide a competitive minimum salary of $44,086 and exceptional benefits. For Advanced Life Support certification, we provide an additional $5,291/year incentive pay plus per hour supplement pay. Annual retention supplements are also offered. Employees are eligible for up to $5,000/year tuition reimbursement, and we offer a stipend for individuals who are bilingual English/Spanish. We offer an excellent benefits package with additional retirement options for Firefighters/Emergency Medical Technicians.
Please visit our web site at www.pwcgov.org/fire and click on “Career Opportunities.” You will find our short employment application form which can be submitted online. Apply now at any level for a possible Jul 2010 or Jan 2011 hire. (30 positions each)
Jonathan, welcome to the FF Nation. I am glad you dropped in to join the group. Dont be shy. There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all. Takes a bit to kinda figure it all out but you will be glad you did. Have fun and look around.