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Augusta County: Friday deadline to apply for positions in new regional fire academy

Augusta CountyAugusta County Fire-Rescue is hiring for several full-time positions as a firefighter/EMT/AEMT/EMTP. The deadline to apply is Friday, in conjunction with the deadline for the regional firefighter test being offered on June 27 at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds.

Accepted applicants will join a full career regional recruit academy beginning in August 2020, a partnership between Augusta County Fire-Rescue, Rockingham County Department of Fire and Rescue, and Harrisonburg Fire Department.

Candidates selected for employment by ACFR will be sent to the four-month, full-time academy, resulting in certification as a firefighter/EMT. Graduates of the academy will be assigned to their respective sponsoring agency. Candidates need no prior experience to apply and do not need to have fire or EMS certifications. All applicants will complete the regional firefighter testing.

“It makes good sense for the regional fire departments to pool resources in terms of time and talent. At the end of the academy, we will have fully trained, certified professionals and the graduate will have a full-time position to immediately transition into. It’s a win-win situation for all involved,” stated David Nichols, ACFR chief.

The pay range for open positions is as follows:

  • Recruit Firefighter / EMT – $34,090
  • Firefighter / EMT – $35,814*
  • Firefighter / AEMT & EMTP – Starting at $37,626*

To be considered as a candidate, applicants must apply for the Regional Firefighter Test by Friday. Register for the Regional Test here.

The $25 testing fee is due to the City of Harrisonburg by June 18.

No certifications are required to apply for the test.

Applicants must attend the Regional Firefighter Testing on Saturday, June 27.

For more details about the open positions with ACFR, go to

Contact Augusta County Fire-Rescue at 540-245-5624 or with additional questions.

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