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Fire Chief
Edward L. Senter Jr.

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Mailing Address
Chesterfield Fire and EMS
P.O. Box 40
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0040

Street Address
Chesterfield Fire and EMS
6731 Mimms Loop
Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Phone Numbers
(804) 748-1360 
(804) 751-9022 Fax

Career Fire and EMS
Career Firefighter Recruitment

Why Chesterfield County Fire and EMS? 

“The fire department specifically is a very proactive fire department that goes above and beyond other departments in terms of getting proper training, proper gear, good equipment and being the best department we could possibly be.” – Assistant Fire Marshal Carlos Shedd 

“I chose Chesterfield County Fire and EMS because the values of this department are parallel with my personal values.” – Firefighter Bruce E. Lewis, Jr.

“I had always been physically fit and it seemed like a job that would have meaning. I am a Colonel in the Virginia Air National Guard which I have done simultaneously with my fire department career.” Captain Kathy Kahlson

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Application Period Open
November 24, 2014 through December 31, 2014


It is the policy of Chesterfield County to provide equal opportunities to all employees, residents and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability or political affiliation.  In standing with our reputation for excellence, we strive to be a model workplace where everyone has an equal opportunity for inclusion and to make a difference. 

Recruitment Events 

Competitive Compensation and Benefits Package 

Minimum Qualifications 

Hiring Process 

  - Written Test 

  - Physical Ability Test 

Our physical ability test is designed to isolate specific skills that are a component of typical job duties related to firefighting. Practice sessions will be offered to eligible applicants so they become familiar with the required elements and to ask questions of the testing staff. View a short video that highlights the physical ability test. 


The physical ability assessment will consist of eight skill stations. These stations are a representation of common physical tasks required of Firefighter/EMTs. The first six skill stations are one continuous, timed measured event. Successful completion of all six stations in seven minutes or less is required to move forward and complete the entire assessment. Additional causes for failure are listed for each station.

Skill stations seven and eight are individual events and are not timed.

The applicant shall don a turnout coat, helmet, modified air pack and gloves prior to attempting the timed event. Nomex hoods will also be acceptable if the applicant finds it helpful. The department will provide all of the equipment items.

TIMED EVENTS - Maximum Allowable Time: Seven Minutes  

  1. Ceiling breach and pull event - The applicant removes the pike pole from the bracket. Timing for the events will begin when the applicant enters the boundary established by the equipment frame which is painted yellow. The applicant must stand within the boundary established by the equipment frame and place the tip of the pole on the green painted area of the hinged door in the ceiling. The applicant will then completely push the hinged door up into the ceiling with the pike pole three times (3). Next, the applicant will hook the pike pole to the ceiling device painted green and pull the pole down completely five times (5). This constitutes one set.

    To complete this event the set is repeated four times (x4). Each set consists of three pushes and five pulls.

    The applicant is permitted to stop and, if needed, adjust their grip on the pike pole. If the applicant releases their grip or allows the pike pole handle to slip without the pike pole falling to the ground, it does not result in a warning or constitute a failure. The applicant may re-establish their grip and resume the event. One warning is given if the applicant drops the pike pole to the ground. If the pike pole is dropped, it must be picked up without evaluator assistance within 10 seconds to resume the event. If the applicant does not successfully complete a repetition, the evaluator will call out “MISS” and the applicant must fully push or pull the apparatus again to complete that repetition. The event ends when the applicant completes the final pull stroke repetition as indicated by the evaluator who calls out “COMPLETE.” The applicant then proceeds to the next event.

    Additional Failures  
    • Stepping out of the painted yellow boundary during the event will constitute a failure.
    • Dropping the pike pole and being unable to pick it up and resume the event will constitute a failure.
    • Dropping the pike pole a second time will constitute a failure.
  1. Hurst Tool Event - The applicant will pick up and carry a Hurst tool training prop a distance of 50 feet, cross over a line painted yellow and put the prop down. The applicant and the prop must cross over the line completely before putting the prop down (opposite the starting point). The applicant will then immediately pick the prop up and return to the starting point. The applicant must make sure that they and the prop have fully crossed the painted yellow line before putting the prop down. When the prop is placed down across the start line the event has been completed. The applicant then proceeds to the next event.

        Additional Failures  

    • Dropping the prop or putting the prop down other than as described above constitutes a failure.
    • Dropping or putting the prop down on the line or while standing on the line will constitute a failure.
  1. Hose Drag Event - The applicant will drag dry lengths of 2 1/2" hose with nozzle attached, a distance of 150 feet. After the applicant and nozzle cross the 150 foot mark, indicated by a painted yellow line, the applicant will lay the nozzle down to complete the event. The applicant will then proceed to the next event.

        Additional Failure  

    • Dropping the nozzle/laying the nozzle down other than as described above, or being unable to drag the hose across the line completely will constitute a failure.
  1. High-Rise Pack Event - The applicant will pick up and carry a standard hose pack (100 feet of 1 3/4" hose with nozzle and appliances attached) from the designated area, indicated by a painted yellow box at the base of the training tower, to the third landing of the training tower. The applicant must completely cross the designated mark on the third floor landing of the tower, then return the hose pack to the starting position and lay it on the ground within the painted yellow box. The applicant will then proceed to the next event.

    Additional Failures  
    • Not placing the hose pack back inside the painted yellow box will constitute a failure.
    • The hose pack cannot be laid down or dropped on the stairs at any point during the event. Doing so will constitute a failure.
  1. Ladder Raise Event - The applicant must completely raise and lower a 28-foot aluminum extension ladder prop, using a hand over hand method of extension and retraction. The applicant must stand on the brick pad within the designated area at the base of the ladder, which is indicated by a painted yellow box. After completely raising and lowering the ladder, the applicant will then proceed to the next event.

    Additional Failures  
    • Stepping out of the painted yellow box during the event will constitute a failure.
    • Applicants are not permitted to let the ladder halyard (rope) slip through their hands. Doing so will constitute a failure.
  2. Rescue Event - The applicant will drag or carry a 100-pound rescue dummy 200 feet crossing the finish line. The applicant may stop their forward progress to adjust their grip on the rescue dummy for 10 seconds or less. At the end, the entire rescue dummy and applicant must cross the painted yellow finish line completely, which will end the timed events.

    Additional Failures  
    • Stopping longer than 10 seconds to re-adjust your grip on the rescue dummy constitutes a failure.
    • Dropping the rescue dummy to the ground while adjusting your grip constitutes a failure.


  1. Aerial Ladder Climb - The applicant will climb an aerial ladder extended to 75 feet at a 60-degree angle, touch the top ladder rung and climb back down. Climbing will be continuous with no stops. The department will provide the required helmet, gloves, and ladder belt (with lifeline attached). Pauses on the ladder, for no longer than 10 seconds, are permitted only to check/re-establish safe footing. Personnel monitoring the climb will fail the applicant if it is evident that the applicant is not ascending/descending the ladder at a safe and reasonable pace.

    Additional Failure
    • Stopping while climbing and not touching the designated rung at the top of the ladder will constitute failure.
  1. SCBA Event - The applicant will don turnout coat, helmet, self-contained breathing apparatus face piece with covered lens, and self-contained breathing apparatus backpack without regulator assembly. The applicant will be led into the class A building and instructed to walk around in a designated area within the structure for a period of five minutes. The applicant’s face piece and equipment must remain on for no less than five minutes.

    Additional Failure  
    • Removing the face piece during the assessment will constitute a failure.

All Stations Shall be Scored Pass or Fail 

Recruit Training 

A Typical Day of a Chesterfield Firefighter 

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