Fire Department Recruitment

Do you have what it takes?

Last updated Nov. 21, 2014 - 2:43 pm

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.

The starting salary for a firefighter in FY14 is 32,673.73 with a 3% raise upon graduation from the Raleigh Fire Academy.

Recruitment Process

The Application Process is closed; applications are no longer being accepted.

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How to Become a Raleigh Firefighter

  1. Complete Fire Recruitment Packet. The Application Process is closed, applications are no longer being accepted.
  2. Attend Orientation Days (Optional): June 5th - 7th, 2014 from 8:30 – 3:00 pm at the Keeter Training Center
  3. Sit for the Candidate Written Aptitude Test: July 14th, 2014 at the Raleigh Convention Center
  4. Complete the Candidate Physical Agility Test: July 16th - 18th, 2014
  5. Background and reference checks
  6. Oral interview
  7. Offer of employment

Applications are only accepted for positions that are currently being recruited. The City of Raleigh generally recruits for Firefighter positions every year. Recruitment Process explains the application, testing, and interview process in more detail.

Fire Recruitment Process

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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)

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Read the common questions we get asked about becoming a Raleigh Firefighter.

Working as a Raleigh Firefighter

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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)

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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

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Definition - As understood in the workplace today, diversity implies differences in people based on their identifications with various groups.

Read our statement

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