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Minimum Requirements: Firefighter & EMT

Applicants for the position of Firefighter/EMT must:

  • Be a US citizen at the time of appointment
  • Have reached the age of 19 as of the date of application
  • Possess a current valid motor vehicle operator’s permit at the time of appointment
  • Possess a high school diploma or a certificate of equivalency (GED) issued by a recognized department of education
  • Pass the written firefighter/EMT entry-level examination
  • Pass a scheduled physical abilities test
  • Pass a thorough background check
  • Pass thorough medical and employment suitability assessment
  • Submit to urinalysis and test negative for the presence of controlled substances/illegal drugs
  • Be of high moral character and committed to public service

If you have questions, please contact the DC Fire and EMS Human Resources Divisions on (202) 673-7580.

For information about other positions available with DC Fire and EMS, including information about the Firefighter /EMT Entry Level Exam, please visit the Employment Opportunities page.