Charlotte Fire Department Hiring Firefighters. Closes February 16th, 2020

Charlotte Fire Department Hiring Firefighters. Closes February 16th, 2020

Charlotte’s local government, with more than 7,000 employees and a $2.39 billion budget, works hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play.

With 42 stations spanning 300 square-miles, the Charlotte Fire Department provides fire suppression, emergency medical, technical urban rescue, fire prevention, fire investigation, and public education services. The department’s ISO Class 1 Public Protection Classification rating and International Accredited status rank it among the top fire departments in the world.


Public Safety

Job Title:

Fire Fighter Trainee


A Fire Fighter Trainee performs general firefighting duties to achieve fire suppression and rescue activities.  Responsibilities include protection of life and property through firefighting, rescue, acting as a first responder Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and performing related duties.  Assignments are given by a superior officer at both emergency scenes and the Fire Station.

After this job posting’s closing date and upon receipt of your completed online application, you will receive a detailed email inviting you sit for the Written Assessment Exam. The Written Assessment Exam will be administered on February 21, 2020 at 8:00am and 2:30pm

Eligibility Requirements: must be met as of written test date: February 21, 2020.

Upon your exit after completing the Written Assessment Exam, you will be assigned an appointment time and location for the Structured Oral Exercise on either February 22, 2020 or February 23, 2020.  Additional information about the Charlotte Fire Department and starting a career in Firefighting can be found at

By submitting this application, you are agreeing that you have read and understand the above information, to the best of your ability, including the NFPA 1582 Medical Requirements.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responds to fire alarms with companies / lays & connects hose / holds nozzles & directs water streams / climbs ladders / uses chemical fire extinguishers / bars / hooks / lines / other equipment
  • Ventilates burning buildings by opening windows & skylights or by cutting holes in roofs / floors
  • Provides medical assistance to fire victims / fire responders in emergency situations until arrival of county medical unit
  • Performs salvage operations such as applying salvage covers / sweeping water / removing debris
  • Participates in fire drills & attends training classes in apparatus operation / firefighting / emergency medical / related subjects / studies assigned materials relating to firefighting & fire prevention
  • Inspects buildings & premises for familiarization / checks for fire hazards / participates in inspection & maintenance of fire hydrants
  • Operates fire apparatus & assumes command of fire company on an occasional basis
  • Performs general maintenance & cleaning work in upkeep of departmental apparatus / equipment / structures
  • Cleans kitchen / sleeping quarters / walls / floors
  • Washes / hangs / dries hose
  • Washes / cleans / polishes apparatus
  • Performs related work as needed

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Newly hired firefighters will go through training program of approximately 26 weeks
  • Training academy curriculum is required of all new hires regardless of previous education or experience
  • In order to graduate from training academy, recruits must meet all standards established by the department including but not limited to:
    • Attendance in all classes & training functions
    • Successful completion of all academic portions of recruit training
    • Certification as North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician
    • Participation in physical fitness training & achievement of goals set forth by Fitness Coordinator & Training Staff
    • Adherence to all standards / rules / guidelines / requirements as established by department General Orders & Training Staff expectations
    • Pass Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
  • For more information on the CPAT please visit our website
  • Agility & physical strength doing prolonged / arduous work under adverse conditions including but not limited to:
    • ability to lift / move / maintain position on items such as charged hoses up to 90lbs.
    • push objects up to 25lbs.
    • pull objects from 25 to 50lbs.
    • lift or pull victims weighing more than 150lbs.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The Charlotte Fire Department requires its Firefighters to have a valid driver's license in their current state of residence as a condition of employment 
  • All applicants must have valid driver's license listing current residence to be considered for Firefighter position
  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Honorable discharge, if any, from military
  • Must meet medical requirements set forth in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1582 Chapter 6: Medical Evaluations of Candidates

Automatic Disqualifiers Include:

  • Reason(s) other than Honorable discharge from military
  • Admission and/or conviction of felony offense
  • Admission and/or conviction of misdemeanor involving moral turpitude
  • Illegal drug use within twelve months before or after written test date: February 21, 2020
  • Pattern of illegal drug use including distribution
  • Pattern of theft
  • Six or more points for moving violations on driving record during past three years
  • Court decisions such as Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC) will be counted as convictions
  • Three-year period calculated from date of conviction for each violation
  • DUI / DWI conviction within the last five years


  • Starting salary is $42,884
  • Upon completion of recruit school, candidates receive 5% incentive for Associate's degree or 10% incentive for Bachelor's degree

General Information:

  • The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees. Click here to learn more about the City of Charlotte’s benefits
  • The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace

How to Apply:

Apply online.

If you need assistance completing your online application, you are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available.

Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays. Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to

Conditions of Employment: The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments. The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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