Va. fire, EMS dept. seeks to hire younger recruits

Eighteen-year-olds will be eligible to apply if they have a driver’s license and a high school diploma or GED


By FireRescue1 Staff

ROANOKE, Va. — In an effort to boost recruitment, a fire and EMS department is lowering its hiring age. 

Roanoke Fire and EMS recently lowered its hiring age from 21 to 18, reported WSLS. Eighteen-year-olds will be eligible to apply if they have a driver’s license and a high school diploma or GED.

“We’ve had some people that come to us that are really good candidates but they are not 21 and they have to wait a couple of years,” Roanoke Fire Chief David Hoback said. “This time it gives them an opportunity straight out of high school and if they are a good candidate and meet all the qualifications, we can hire them and they can go straight into a profession.”

The application process closes at the end of March, and recruits will begin training in July. The department hopes to bring on 20 recruits.

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