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Career Opportunities FAQs


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Q:  How will my driving record affect my chances of being considered?

A:  Driving records will be evaluated on a case by case basis. A poor driving record with numerous moving violations and serious accidents may remove you from the selection process.  We cannot hire anyone with more than 5 negative points on their Virginia driving record.  

Q:  Once I have completed the process, will I be hired?
A:  This is a competitive process, not all candidates will be hired.
Q:  How many candidates do you hire and how often do you have recruit schools?
A:  Based upon budget considerations, there are approximately twenty to thirty candidates hired per recruit school with two recruit schools per year starting in January and July. 

Q:  If I have successfully passed the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) with another jurisdiction, can I be exempted from your CPAT?
A:  You may be CPAT exempted as long as you have provided valid documentation with verification that you have successfully passed CPAT with a jurisdiction licensed under the IAFF and IAFC.  However, a valid CPAT must have been completed no sooner than the date stated in our CPAT notification.

Q:  I took the written exam and failed.  When can I reapply?
A:  Based upon recommendation from CWH, our testing company, if an applicant is unsuccessful in passing the written exam, he/she must wait a minimum of one year before he/she is eligible to retake the CWH test.  You will need to reapply.

Q:  What are the working hours of this position?
A:  Field personnel can end up working one of two shifts:

  • 24-hour shift (6 am to 6 am the next day) followed by 48 hours off, 365 days a year.
  • 12-hour shift (6 am to 6 pm) Monday thru Friday with a rotating day off during the week. Nights, weekends and holidays off.

Q:  I am a Firefighter/EMT in another jurisdiction, do you accept lateral transfers without competition?
A:  We do not accept lateral transfers.  All applicants are required to complete a competitive process.

Q:  I am in the military and want to start the process, when should I submit an application?
A:  We highly recommend you apply about 6-12 months prior to your end time in service.  Our training academies typically start in January and July.  You will need to be available to complete all scheduled events as failure to do so will disqualify you from the current process. 

Q:  Do you hire individuals who are not United States citizens?
A:  You do not need to be a U.S. citizen, however you must present official documentation that you are legally eligible to work in the U. S. 

Q:  Do you consider applicants who have legal, drug, etc. issues in their backgrounds?
A:  Please read the Qualifications Section

We will consider these issues on an individual basis.  However, you will be disqualified if you are not truthful about these issues on your application or any time during the selection process.

Q:  How do I find out if a medical condition is not allowed under National Fire Protection Association regulations?
A:  Individuals may inquire via email to or by letter to PWC Fire & Rescue, Personnel Section, 8494 Kao Circle, Manassas, VA 20110.  Your inquiry will be referred to Prince William County's Employee Health office and you will be notified.


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