Fire Department Recruitment
Do you have what it takes?
Becoming a firefighter for the City of Raleigh is a highly competitive process. The Training Division typically receives over one thousand applications for each recruit academy, from men and women of many backgrounds. As a result, the Raleigh Fire Department is a true melting pot of people from across North Carolina and the United States.
All applicants are strongly encouraged to download and read the Candidate Selection Procedures Manual.
The starting salary for a firefighter in FY14 is 32,673.73 with a 3% raise upon graduation from the Raleigh Fire Academy.
The Raleigh Fire Department will be accepting applications July 1st – 31st, 2015 for the 41st academy. The academy start date is tentatively set for early 2016.
If you would like to be notified when the Raleigh Fire Department is hiring, please sign up for job notifications, select "Fire & EMS" and complete the information at the bottom of the page.
How to Become a Raleigh Firefighter
On July 1, 2014, the City of Raleigh implemented a new on-line application process. Applications are no longer accepted in person and must be completed online.
All applicants must go to the City of Raleigh website and create a governmentjobs.com account. If you already have a GovernmentJobs.com account, sign in with your username and password, select the job title and then apply. All sections of the application must be completed. If a question does not apply to you, indicate with NA. Questions marked with an asterisk (*) are required.
For support related to the online application process please call 855-524-5627 between 9am and 9pm EST.
- Apply online at City of Raleigh website July 1 – 31, 2015
- OPTIONAL Physical Agility and Aptitude exam practice: Thursday and Friday July 30, 31 from 8-4 and Saturday August 1, 2015 from 8-12 at Keeter Training Center (105 Keeter Center Dr, Raleigh). Applicants can come anytime, on the dates listed above.
- Candidate Written Aptitude Test: August 24, 2015 at the Raleigh Convention Center
- Candidate Physical Agility Test: August 25 - 29
- Background and reference checks
- Oral interview
- Offer of employment
Fire Recruitment Process
All new recruits complete a recruit academy (about 27 weeks) conducted at the Keeter Training Center which includes both intense physical training and a challenging academic program. Required to maintain an minimum 80% average, recruits receive several certifications before graduation and their assignment to a fire station (EMT, Firefighter I and II, Haz-Mat Operations Plus)Read about our Fire Recruitment process
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Read the common questions we get asked about becoming a Raleigh Firefighter.
Working as a Raleigh Firefighter
Once assigned to a specific company, firefighters may be reassigned several times over the course of their career through transfers and promotions.
Firefighters are also temporarily transferred to other stations to fill vacancies created by sick days, vacation days, and other types of absences.Learn more about working as a Firefighter
Overview of the Physical Agility Test (PAT)
Caution: Applicants are advised to consult their personal physician before starting a self-preparation training program and before participating in the agility test.See what it takes
Fire Department's Diversity Statement
Definition - As understood in the workplace today, diversity implies differences in people based on their identifications with various groups.