Fire & Rescue Department Job Information

Application Procedures:
Call our Job Information Line (703-417-8366) or contact our web page to learn the minimum eligibility requirements for our Firefighter/EMT and Firefighter Medic (EMTP) positions. Leave your name and address on the recording or visit us at:

Office of Human Resources
Employment Department, MA-510
1 Aviation Circle
Washington, DC 20001-6000
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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Salaries

Firefighter
Entry Level* 
   Annually  Biweekly
 Starting  $50,191  $1,930.42
 Top Salary  $82,815      $3,185.19
 

Firefighter Medic
 
Entry Level*
   Annually   Biweekly
 Starting  $55,336   $2,128.31
 Top Salary  $91,304   $3,511.69
 

                                                                    Current Authorized Strength  

 Headquarters
 14
 10
 Uniformed
 Civilians
 National Airport
 45
 Uniformed
 Dulles Airport
 84
 Uniformed
 Fire Department Total
 153
 
*revised January 12, 2014
 

Minimum Requirements (Firefighter)
One year of experience in the control and extinguishment of fires as an active and regular member of an organized fire department. The one-year of experience will be credited against an average of 56 hours per week or 2912 hours per year. To be creditable, volunteer experience must have included regular attendance at regularly scheduled training sessions and must also have included regular and actual participation in fighting fires.
In addition, qualified candidates must meet the following minimum criteria:

1. Must be 18 years old by date of employment;
2. Must be a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate;

And, provide a copy of the following referenced document with their application package:

3. EMT-B Certification (or higher) from the Virginia Department of Health, National Registry (showing effective and expiration dates), or a state certification, which is recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Candidates must provide a copy of current valid driver's license from state of residence at time of interview. [Note: Maryland residents must have Class ‘B’ endorsement] Candidates are also subject to a job knowledge test, an oral interview, a physical agility test, a thorough background investigation (to include a full employment history check; a credit check; a criminal history check; and a driving record check. A pre-employment medical examination, to include drug testing, will be performed. Employees will be assigned to one of three (24-hour) shifts working an average 56-hour work week. Employees must pass annual medical testing criteria.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Experience gained in combating fires resulting from aircraft crashes or other accidents peculiar to airfield operations are preferred. Airport Firefighter, Firefighter I and II, Haz Mat Operations/Technician training and college level courses or a degree in Fire Science are also preferred. Dispatcher experience, technical rescue experience, weapons of mass destruction training, computer experience and foreign language proficiency are highly desirable.

Minimum Requirements (Firefighter Medic)
One year of experience in the control and extinguishment of fires as an active and regular member of an organized fire department. The one-year of experience will be credited against an average of 56 hours per week or 2912 hours per year. To be creditable, volunteer experience must have included regular attendance at regularly scheduled meetings held for the purpose of training and instruction and must also have included regular and actual participation in fighting fires. In addition, qualified candidates must meet the following minimum criteria:

1. Must be 18 years old by date of employment;
2. Must be a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate;
3. Must be certified to operate independently in the field for a minimum of one year as an EMT-P (or higher).

And, provide a copy of the following referenced document with their application package:

4. EMT-P Certification (or higher) from the Virginia Department of Health, National Registry (showing effective and expiration dates). Reciprocity is currently available for issuance of equivalent Virginia certification based upon the following certifications:

a. EMT - Paramedic certification issued by the National Registry of EMTs.

Reciprocity is not currently offered at the EMS First Responder, EMT-Enhanced, EMT- Shock Trauma, or EMT-Cardiac certification levels.

5. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification provided by the American Heart Association.

Once hired, the Firefighter Medic must be accepted by the Authority's Occupational Medical Director for independent practice as a Firefighter Medic within the first year of employment. Failure to maintain required certifications, in accordance with proper procedures, will result in removal from the position.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Experience gained in combating fires resulting from aircraft crashes or other accidents peculiar to airfield operations are preferred. Airport Firefighter, Firefighter I and II, Haz Mat Operations/Technician training and college level courses or a degree in Fire Science are also preferred. Dispatcher experience, technical rescue experience, weapons of mass destruction training, computer experience and foreign language proficiency are highly desirable.

Candidates must provide a copy of current valid driver's license from state of residence at time of interview. Candidates are also subject to a job knowledge test, an oral interview, a physical agility test, and a thorough background investigation (to include a full employment history check, a credit check, a criminal history check, and a driving record check). A physical examination to include drug testing will be performed prior to first day of hire.
Employees will be assigned to one of three (24 hour) shifts working an average 56-hour work week. Employees must pass annual medical testing criteria. Firefighter Medic employees must maintain a performance level fully acceptable to the Authority's Operational Medical Director's established standards of proficiency and competence in order to function under his/her medical auspices. Failure to maintain a satisfactory performance level may be considered cause for termination or demotion, under proper procedures.