Firefighter: Charlotte North Carolina Deadline November 20, 2015

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Deadline: November 20, 2015

Salary: $40,009 Per Year

Job Description:

General Summary:

Performs general firefighting duties in fire suppression and rescue activities. Responsibilities include protection of life and property through firefighting, rescue, first responder Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and related duties. Assignments are given by a superior officer at both emergency scenes and the Fire Station.


  • 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.
  • Perform related work as required.

Firefighter Recruit:

All newly hired firefighters 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:

  • A passing score on all written tests.
  • Attendance in all classes and training functions.
  • Certification as a North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician
  • Participation in physical fitness training and achievement of goals set forth by the Fitness Coordinator and Training Staff
  • Adherence to all standards, rules, guidelines, and requirements as established by Department General Orders and by Training Staff expectations

Eligibility Requirements (must be met as of written test date, 1/23/2016):

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Honorable discharge, if any, from the military
  • Must meet the medical requirements set forth in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1582 Chapter 6: Medical Evaluations of Candidates. Click here to review this document

Automatic Disqualifiers Include:

  • Anything other than an honorable discharge from the military
  • Admission and/or conviction of a felony offense
  • Admission and/or conviction of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude
  • Illegal drug use within 12 months of the written test date (1/23/16)
  • Pattern of illegal drug use
  • Pattern of theft
  • Six or more points for moving violations on driving record during the past 3 years
  • DUI/DWI conviction within the last five years

Physical Requirements:

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

Driver’s License 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 a valid Driver’s License that lists current residence in order to be considered for a firefighter position.


Starting salary is $40,009. Upon completion of recruit school, candidates will receive a 5% incentive for an Associate’s Degree or a 10% incentive for a Bachelor’s Degree.

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.

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted 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. We recommend that you call for an appointment at (704) 336-2285 or you may email a question 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. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments. Some positions may require the ability to obtain a City Driving Permit. Candidates may also be required to pass a physical examination, polygraph exam, other skill evaluations and background check screens.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

Department’s Website Click HERE


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