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DC Fire and EMS is currently hiring the following position:

1) Firefighter/Paramedic
Closing Date: February 28, 2024

DC Fire and EMS Firefighter/Paramedics can work in a fast-paced, high call volume jurisdiction with unique and high-profile special events related to its status as the Nation’s Capital.

The Department’s diverse mission also gives firefighter paramedics the opportunity to apply for positions in all four of its disciplines throughout their careers.

Firefighter/Paramedic is assigned to one of approximately thirty-three fire stations throughout the District of Columbia.

The incumbent will primarily travel by Medic Unit and Fire Unit in a prompt and efficient manner in response to calls for emergency medical care of critically ill or injured patients.

2) Fire Cadet
Closing Date: March 10, 2024
*It is anticpated that the application period may extend beyond March 10, 2024. 

The Fire and EMS Cadet is assigned to the DC Fire and EMS Training Academy and will complete the full complement of Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician training within a one-year period under the direction of the Training Academy. Fire and EMS Cadets will be responsible for assisting at special events, including fire prevention and safety activities that fall within their duty hours.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, DC Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above-protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

How to Apply for DC Government Jobs

Several DC Fire and EMS positions require the upload of attachments

How Do I Add Attachments?

  • Click on “My Job Application” then scroll to the bottom.
  • Click Add Attachment from “My Cover Letters and Attachments”.

Please note that attachments are not specific to a job application and only one cover letter per profile.

The Firefighter/EMT Application Period is closed at 11:59 pm, July 31, 2023

*For inquiries related to the exam or Firefighter/EMT position, please e-mail [email protected]




With 150 years of service, #DCsBravest is entering a new chapter and we want you to be part of our story.

We are an all-hazards emergency response department in the Nation’s Capital. One of the busiest departments in the country, we respond to more than 250,000 calls for fire, EMS, and technical rescue service annually. We practice our core values 24-hours a day, 365 days a year – the BASICS:

Bravery * Accountability * Safety * Integrity * Compassion * Service

We offer not just a job, but a life-long career, with high quality training, a standard of excellent, and excellent pay and benefits, including a retirement pension.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. English speaking Bilingual applicants are encouraged.


On July 18, 2023, the application period for Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) opens and will close on July 31, 2023 at 11:59 pm. Once you apply, you can choose to take the exam in person or virtually!

  • The virtual option to test is an exciting first for our department! The District of Columbia has partnered with National Testing Network to develop and proctor the exam. With this new partnership, we are switching from one mass exam every few years to ongoing, more frequent testing with shorter waits in between application periods.
  • There is a $55.00 fee to take the Firefighter/EMT entrance exam, as well as a $23.00 fee to take an optional practice exam. If you are a resident of the District of the Columbia and can provide a DC driver’s license, these fees are waived.

At time of application, please be ready to upload the following documents:

  1. Birth Certificate or Valid U.S. Passport. You must be a United States Citizen and show that you have reached the age of 19 years old at the time of application.
  2. Valid Driver’s License.
  3. A copy of your High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

For more information:

EMAIL: [email protected]