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The Charlotte Fire Department employs over 1,100 men and women, of which more than 90% are employed within the Operations Division.  Our hiring needs vary from year to year, however it is our goal to continually seek out highly qualified and diverse candidates to join our world class organization.  

For additional information on the Firefighter hiring process 


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2014 Firefighter Hiring Process
Please note that there will NOT be any reschedules granted for any of the assigned CPAT sessions, other than for an approved emergency reason, due to lack of flexibilty in the schedule. Please understand that if you do not make your assigned CPAT session this will result in your application being closed for this year's process. If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to CFDrecruitment@charlottenc.gov.


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Please continue to check the website and your email for updates. The dates for upcoming events in the hiring process are listed below.
Event Date Location
Application Open Nov 11- 22, 2013 NA
Written Test January 25,2014 Oasis Shriner's Temple
CPAT Orientation March 10-14, 2014 Training Academy
CPAT Timed Runs April 14-18, 2014 Training Academy
CPAT Final Run May 19-20, 2014 Training Academy
Firefighter Eligibility Requirements:
(must be met as of test date)
  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid driver's license
  • Honorable discharge, if any, from the military
  • Must meet the medical requirements set 
    forth in NFPA 1582.


Contact Us: 

For questions related to the hiring process, contact CFD Recruitment at 704-336-2979 or via email  cfdrecruitment@charlottenc.gov

Firefighter Applicant Disqualifiers:

  • Anything other than a 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
  • Pattern of illegal drug use
  • Pattern of theft
  • Six or more points for moving violation on driver record within the last three years
  • DUI/DWI conviction within the last five years

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