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Fire and Rescue
Frequently Asked Questions


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How will my driving record affect my chances of being considered?
Out of state 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 are unable to hire any candidate with greater than 5 negative points on their Virginia driving record and/or a DUI conviction, ASAP assignment or reckless driving conviction within the last 3 years.   

Once I have completed the process, will I be hired?
This is a competitive process, not all candidates will be hired.
How many candidates do you hire and how often do you have recruit schools?
There are approximately thirty to forty candidates hired per recruit school with three recruit schools per year starting in January, June and October. 

If I have successfully passed the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) with another jurisdiction,  do I need to take it again?
We accept CPATs from other jurisdictions.  Please email certifications to

I took the written exam and failed.  When can I reapply?
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 test.

What are the working hours of this position?
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.

I am a Firefighter/EMT in another jurisdiction, do you accept lateral transfers?
We do not accept lateral transfers.  All applicants must complete our recruit school.

I am in the military and want to start the process, when should I submit an application?
We highly recommend you apply about 6-12 months prior to your end time in service.  Our training academies typically start in January, June and October.  You will need to be available to complete all steps of the hiring process. 

Do you hire individuals who are not United States citizens?
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. 

Do you consider applicants who have legal and/or drug issues in their backgrounds?
Please read the Qualifications Section (click here)

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.

How do I find out if a medical condition is not allowed under National Fire Protection Association regulations?
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. Underlined medical conditions will be addressed at the medical exam.


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