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Developmental Pathways

         Master Firefighter**        
Senior Provider*
HAZMAT Technician

Driver Operator Technician


Technical Rescue  Technician
Released Provider, Firefighter

Released Provider, EMT
Rookie Provider
* To qualify for senior firefighter, you must possess Instructor I, five years of service with the department, and three years of service as either a Driver Operator or ALS Technician.
            * To qualify for master firefighter, you must possess Officer I, one year of service as a senior firefighter, and be a released Driver Operator.


Release Process

Personnel must demonstrate proficiency in core competencies in order to be eligible for release (referred to as skill collection). This is accomplished through a minimum of three skill attempts with an average score of moderately skilled (yellow) or higher on all identified core competencies. All skill attempts shall be documented in FireRMS.

Upon completion of the skill collection phase, an assessment will be conducted by the training division or designee. If unsuccessful, reentry into the skill collection phase will occur, guided by target-specific skills driven from the assessment. If successful, personnel will enter the call collection phase.

The call collection phase consists of on-the-job evaluations of performance on emergency incidents for a period no less than an operational work cycle (28 days). The criteria for all processes shall be as follows:

  • Minimum of ten incident evaluations
  • Minimum of skilled performance (green) in all core skill competencies
  • Minimum of three attempts per competency
    • If unable to collect required competencies during call collection, simulations may be substituted providing a minimum of one attempt during call collection

 Once all criteria is met, personnel will undergo an assessment for release.


Assessment Process

For all assessments, representatives from both training and operations shall act as evaluators, and candidates will be required to complete all stations. The assessment process consists of:

  • Pre-assessment: a skill-driven assessment that focuses on core competencies. Successful completion requires performance at moderately skilled (yellow) or higher.
  • Post-assessment: a scenario-driven assessment that simulates emergency incidents. Successful completion requires performance at skilled (green) or higher.

In the event of unsatisfactory performance, personnel will be allowed to repeat a single station at the end of the assessment (no feedback given as to criteria missed). In the event of multiple station failures within an assessment, personnel will be required to either repeat the entire assessment (minimum 10-day waiting period prior to retest), or undergo a remediation. This determination will be based upon the performance outcomes of the assessment, and will be at the discretion of the evaluation team.

If a retest is allowed, personnel not successful will be remediated for a period of no less than 30 days, with the remediation being at the direction of the Training Division. After remediation, personnel will undergo a second post-assessment; personnel that are not successful will be subject to repeating the previous phase in its entirety.

For medical assessments, providers required to remediate may be subject to an oral board station administered by the Medical Director.

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460 Stagecoach Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902
FAX: 434-972-4123
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