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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
 There is a new step in this year’s process. All applicants who  wish to take the written test must register for it. Only Applicants who successfully submitted an online application will be sent an email with details on how to register for the 2015 written exam. Registration for the written test will begin on December 9, 2014 and close on December 22, 2014. If you did not receive an email with your login information please send an email requesting this information.
 If you have any questions please send an email to cfdrecruitment@charlottenc.gov.
Application Period
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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