The time commitment required to serve is not small. Our members have several requirements for initial and ongoing training, staffing operationally, and supporting administrative functions of the Department.
The members behind the scenes – our families – also serve every time we leave for duty, class, or to attend a meeting. We are proud of their commitment and could never function without it.
Our department operates on a reverse-rotational schedule one night a week (6p-6a) along with every fifth weekend (45 hour shift). Each member is assigned to a battalion. Each battalion is on-duty for an average of 108 hours a month.
The week that you have Monday duty, you will have the following weekend as well.
This kind of schedule will be confusing at first, it was for all of us. If you have any questions about the duty schedule please let us know during your application process.
Our Membership team will review the application and run standard background and driver record checks.
They’ll be reviewed then we’ll reach out to schedule an interview with you.
At this stage, we get you assigned to a Battalion (shift) and crew.
We’ll provide you the contact information for the Officer and the next duty night. You’ll show up, meet the crew you’ll be assigned to, and see the station and units we operate there.
You’ll need to register with the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) so we can submit your fingerprints for processing.
You’ll also need to schedule and complete our initial physical with INOVA.
We are your neighbors, co-workers, and fellow citizens dedicating thousands of hours
per year in support of the greater good.