Recruit School 101

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue’s Recruit Training Academy is a program designed to provide recruits with the basic instruction required to be an effective Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

Recruit School incorporates three primary instructional areas: emergency medical, fire suppression, and physical fitness. Each of these areas address specific job functions – the ability to render effective care to the sick and injured; the ability to mitigate a fire or rescue emergency; and the ability to remain mentally and physically capable of performing these functions when needed. Additional areas of instruction include emergency vehicle operations (EVOC), hazardous materials (Hazmat) operations, Introduction to Heavy Technical Rescue (HTR) I and II, HTR Vehicle Rescue, MayDay Firefighter Down, MayDay Rapid Intervention Team (RIT), and Rural Water Supply.

Over the course of Recruit School, recruits will be evaluated on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Evaluations include quizzes, tests, practical evolutions, and informal feedback from the Recruit cadre. Recruits will participate in a physical fitness test every two months to measure their progress during physical training. The Recruit cadre will conduct individual, monthly reviews to ensure that recruits are meeting the goals and objectives outlined in the Recruit Firefighter/EMT Performance Plan.

To be successful, recruits must be committed to this program. While the Recruit cadre is available for additional tutoring or practicing; each recruit is ultimately responsible for ensuring that he or she learns the required material and can perform the necessary skills.

Finally, it is important to remember that Recruit School is only the beginning of the learning process. Once in the field, personnel must make an ongoing effort to continue to learn and practice throughout their career.

  1. Academy Life
  2. Physical Expectations

The Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Career Recruit School lasts approximately 26 to 30 weeks. Recruits will obtain numerous basic certifications such as the Virginia Department of Fire Programs Firefighter I and II, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT), Mayday/Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) Training, and several other basic technical rescue training programs.

Recruit school is typically:

  • Four-day work week (off Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

  • 6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. is a normal day (80-hour 2-week pay period)
    • Some trainings will take place at night, which recruits will know about in advance.
  • Typically recruit school does not take place on weekends.
    • There may be some cases where weekend attendance is required. This could be in connection to the recruit's hospital rotations during EMT training or due to a state certification test taking place on a weekend.

Recruit School follows a strict chain-of-command and always expects a high level of discipline and respect. We follow a paramilitary style of leadership due to the often chaotic scenarios we find ourselves in on emergency fire and EMS calls to include structure fires, motor vehicle crashes, acts of violence, hazardous materials incidents and more. Personnel are trained to follow orders with strict attention to detail to ensure a positive outcome for the public and department personnel.

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Characteristics of a Successful Recruit are:

Positive AttitudeTrustWork EthicDiscipline
DeterminationMutual RespectSafety


Cooperative effort by the members of a group or team to achieve a common goal.

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Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code. The quality of being upright in principle and action, even when on one is watching

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Characterized by or conforming to the technical and ethical standards of a profession. Exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace.

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Characterized by a personal commitment to serving the public good.

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The condition of being free from danger, risk, or injury.

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Positive Attitude

A state of mind or a feeling; disposition.

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Firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person.

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Work Ethic

A set of values based on the moral virtues of hard work and diligence.

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The control of oneself and one’s conduct.

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Firmness of purpose; resolve.

Mutual Respect

A feeling of appreciation, often deferential regard, directed and received in an equal amount.

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