Fire Department Recruitment

Do you have what it takes?

Last updated Nov. 01, 2019 - 10:21 am

Becoming a firefighter for the City of Raleigh is a highly competitive process. The Training Division typically receives more than 1,000 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 FY17 is $38,058 with a three percent raise upon graduation from the Raleigh Fire Academy.

Recruitment Process

The Raleigh Fire Department accepts applications between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30.

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

The City of Raleigh uses an online application process. Applications are not accepted in person and must be completed online.

All applicants must go to the City of Raleigh website and create a account. If you already have a 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 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

  1. The application process is open annually Nov.1 through Nov. 30
  2. OPTIONAL physical agility and aptitude exam practice
  3. Candidate written aptitude test
  4. Physical agility test
  5. Background and reference checks
  6. Oral interview
  7. Offer of employment

Optional Physical Agility and Aptitude Exam Practice Times

The optional practice sessions will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5; Friday, Dec. 6; and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8 a.m. until noon. All sessions will be held at RFD Keeter Training Center at 105 Keeter Center Drive, Raleigh, NC 27602.

Fire Recruitment Process

Recruits lined up

All new recruits complete a recruit academy (approximately 32 weeks) conducted at the Keeter Training Center which includes both intense physical training and a challenging academic program. Recruits are required to maintain an minimum 80 percent average, recruits receive several certifications before graduation and their assignment to a fire station (EMT, Firefighter I and II, Haz-Mat Operations Plus).

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

Fire Department's Diversity Statement

Firefighters outside

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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