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Fire Fighter Trainee #2012-300500-01

Date Opened
Monday, December 14, 2020 8:00 AM
Close Date
Monday, December 28, 2020 11:59 PM
Employment Type
  • Full Time


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.


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


Public Safety


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.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

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

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

All newly hired Fire Fighters will go through a training program of approximately 26 weeks. The training academy curriculum is required of all new hires, regardless of previous education or experience. In order to graduate from the training academy, recruits must meet all standards established by the department, including but not limited to:

  1. Attendance in all classes and training functions
  2. Successful completion of all academic portions of recruit training
  3. Certification as a North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician
  4. Participation in physical fitness training and achievement of goals set forth by the Fitness Coordinator and Training Staff
  5. Adherence to all standards, rules, guidelines, and requirements as established by department General Orders and by Training Staff expectations

Physical Requirements:
All applicants must pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). For more information on the CPAT please visit our website

Fire Fighters must have the agility and physical strength to do prolonged and arduous work under adverse conditions. This includes, but is not limited to, the ability to lift, move and maintain position on items (e.g. charged hoses) up to 90 pounds, push objects up to 25 pounds, pull objects from 25 to 50 pounds, and lift or pull victims weighing more than 150 pounds.

General Information:
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 January 13-15, 2021.

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 January 16 or 17, 2021.

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.

Minimum Qualifications

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The Charlotte Fire Department requires its Fire Fighters 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 by the date of the written assessment: January 13, 2021
  • High school diploma/GED by the date of the written assessment: January 13, 2021
  • Must meet medical requirements set forth in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1582 Chapter 6: Medical Evaluations of Candidates

Automatic Disqualifiers Include, but are not Limited to:

  • 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: January 13, 2021
  • 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


  • $43,527.00/Annually
  • Upon completion of recruit school, candidates receive 5% incentive for Associate's degree or 10% incentive for Bachelor's degree.


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.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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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.


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