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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.  

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2015 Firefighter Hiring Process
The application for the 2015 Firefighter hiring process is now open and closes on Friday November 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM.  The application can be found here or on the City of Charlotte job site.

1.    If you do not see the job listed on the first page please search for ‘Fire Fighter Trainee’ in the basic job search box or click ‘next’ to view the next page on the job list.
2.    It is important to remember your login information as you will need this information to access your application throughout the hiring process. If you have applied on the City of Charlotte’s jobsite before you may use the same login information.
3.    Please keep your contact information (email, phone number and address) up to date on your application at all times.
4.    After submitting your application you will not be able to make any changes, other than contact information, until after successfully completing the CPAT.
5. If you experience any technical problems completing the application, please email: CityHrJobPostingsNotify@ci.charlotte.nc.us otherwise all other questions should be directed to cfdrecruitment@charlottenc.gov.
 If you have any questions please send an email to cfdrecruitment@charlottenc.gov.
Application Open
Nov 10- 21, 2014
Written Test
January 31, 2015
Oasis Shriner's Temple
CPAT Orientation
March 16-20, 2015
Training Academy
CPAT Timed Runs
April 13-17, 2015
Training Academy
CPAT Final Run
May 11-15, 2015
Training Academy
Background Interviews
June 8- June 26, 2015
Training Academy
Panel Interviews
July 6- July 10, 2015
General Office
Polygraph Interviews
July 13- July 24, 2015
Training Academy
New Hire Physicals
July 27- July 31, 2015
* The Charlotte Fire Department has the authority to change these dates and locations at any time during the hiring process. 
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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