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Newport News Fire Department Looking For Job Applicants

NEWPORT NEWS—The Newport News Fire Department is seeking new firefighters/medics who rotate their emergency response duties between ambulance and fire apparatus. The application period for the next hiring process is open until August 31. Due to the dual-role responsibilities, recruits are required to successfully graduate from two different training programs: fire and emergency medical services.

Recruits will be hired as full time City of Newport News employees at the start of the program. Beginning this year, the department is offering an increased base salary, ranging from $45,213 to $48,800, with potential for additional supplements for specific certifications or degrees:

  • $2,000 per year for EMT-I
  • $5,000 per year for Paramedic
  • $600 or $1,000 per year (at hire) Associates or Bachelor’s Degree
  • $1,500 per year Elite Special Teams: Technical Rescue, Bomb Squad, HAZMAT, and Marine Incident Response

Benefits include a 25-year retirement program; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation and sick leave; career advancement opportunities; tuition reimbursement; training; and more. Upon completion of the Fire and EMS programs, firefighters/medics average 10 working days per month (24-hour rotation shifts).

Additionally, the fire department is accepting applications for experienced, pre-certified firefighter/medics. The application is open year-round to those that have the needed certifications.

For both applications and to find out more about the hiring process, interested individuals should visit, contact Fire Training at 757-969-1800, or email

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