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#BeDCsBravest - Apply to be a Firefighter/EMT

#BeDCsBravest - Apply to become a Firefighter/EMT



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 August 1, the application period for Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) opens for 30 days. 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)
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