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The following are considered disqualifying factors, which shall result in non-selection for employment opportunities in uniform positions within the Virginia Beach Fire Department (VBFD).

Criminal History

  1. Conviction of any felony other than those listed below.
  2. Conviction of initiating a false alarm as an adult.
  3. Conviction of arson or arson related crime.
  4. Commission of undetected crimes of a serious or repetitive nature.

Traffic Violations

  1. Three (3) or more negative total points on a Virginia Operator's License or the equivalent for out of state licenses.
  2. Any conviction for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; unreasonable refusal to submit to blood or alcohol tests; eluding police; racing; leaving the scene of an accident within the past five (5) years of documentation review.

Drugs

  1. Conviction or admission of illegal possession, use, sale, or intent to sell marijuana, or a derivative thereof within the last 12 months from the time of documentation review.
  2. Conviction or admission of illegal possession, use, sale, or intent to sell Schedule I or II controlled substances including, but not limited to, narcotics, heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens, or any other substance as defined by the code of Virginia which constitutes a felony within the past five (5) years from documentation review.
  3. Conviction or admission of illegal sale or intent to sell Schedule III – VI controlled substances within the past five (5) years from documentation review.
  4. Conviction of illegal use or possession of Schedule III – VI controlled substances within the past five (5) years from documentation review.

Other

  1. Any punitive discharge from Military Service, including Bad Conduct or Dishonorable discharge.
  2. Any founded charge of child abuse or neglect.
  3. Permanent revocation of EMS certification or license in Virginia or any other state, and disciplinary enforcement action by Virginia or any other state EMS office, or other recognized state or national healthcare provider licensing or certifying body within the past five (5) years.
  4. Untruthfulness, the withholding of information, or deliberate inaccuracies, on any application, interview, or paperwork, or cheating on any examination or testing associated with the process.
Note: This is not intended to be an exhaustive listing of background disqualifiers. Applicants may also be disqualified for other concerns, evaluated on a case by case basis. Other areas of concern include, but are not limited to:
  1. Conviction of any other Class I or II misdemeanor, or other misdemeanor involving moral turpitude (lying, stealing, cheating), excluding traffic violations within the past five (5) years.
  2. Conviction of reckless driving, patterns of irresponsible driving, or multiple convictions of driving under the influence, and suspension of driving privileges due to moving violation conviction(s).
  3. Reduction of charges as a result of a plea agreement or other form of sentencing disposition prior to a conviction in any of the aforementioned criminal or driving history categories.
  4. Crimes committed as a juvenile, including undetected crimes.
  5. Illegal drug possession that does not fall within the parameters defined above.
  6. Military general discharge under "other than honorable" conditions.
  7. Incomplete statements on any application, interview, or paperwork, or testing associated with the process.
  8. Erratic work record or unfavorable employment references.
  9. Pending criminal charges.