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Training Division

The Training Division is charged with the responsibility of providing all initial recruit training and certification, Fire, Rescue and EMS continuing education training and re-certification, specialty training such as collapse/trench rescue training, Confined Space, Haz-Mat, Technical Rescue, Emergency Vehicle Driving, Driver operator training, Incident Command training and Emergency Medical Technician.

The Training Division serves a diverse workforce of 181 members including all ranks and divisions. The City of Concord is a rapidly growing city, and the Fire Department does what is necessary to keep up with the diverse and every changing emergency situations that may arise.

The Training Division currently has two uniform members. The Concord Fire Department Training Division operates in partnership with Rowan Cabarrus Community College, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC),the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Fayetteville State University (FSU), and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC).

Training includes hands-on, classroom based, video conferencing and in-station company based training. The department is fortunate to have a staff of two Training-Safety Officers and in addition 75 plus certified OSFM State Certified Instructors encompassing all major disciplines.

If you have questions about out of state or current in-state regulations regarding EMT certification please contact the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Service.


Application Processs

The information below is also shown on the Training Division page.

Eligibility Requirements:  To apply for the position of firefighter, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have a valid driver's license and a good driving record
  • Have no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving moral turpitude
  • Have no illegal drug use within the last 12 months 
  • Meet the medical requirements set forth in NFPA 1582

Note: Possession of valid certifications from any state, including North Carolina does not relieve a successful candidate for employment from the requirement to complete the Concord Fire Department Recruit School. All necessary certifications courses for the Firefighter position are provided in the academy.


Concord Fire Department 
2014-2015 Firefighter Recruitment



 Application Period (June 16 - July 31)


Career Day Open House at Concord Fire Station 3; 100 Warren C. Coleman Blvd. N (June 7  9am - 11am)  


Letter for Test Date (June 27 - August 1)


Practice Sessions held at Concord Fire Station 3

(JRPAT and Video for Oral Boards)  

(July 8 1pm -  8:00 pm) and (July 17 1pm - 8pm)



Written Test Date  (August 16) 



Status Letters issued via mail as progressing in process or no longer under consideration (by September 13) 



Job Skills Test (September 20 - 21) & Background Packet Distribution if passing score is achieved on Job Skills Test


Background Packets due back in Fire Administration on assigned date of the oral interview.



Oral Board: Oral Boards will be held October 13 - 17.



Background Investigations Conducted (October 21 through November 8) 



Status Letters issued to via mail as progressing in process or no longer under consideration (by November 8)



Eligibility List Generated (December 2014)



The application process to become a firefighter candidate includes the following steps: Entrance Examination, Ability Test, Formal Interview, Background Check and Screening, Conditional Job Offer, Drug Testing, Employment Suitability Evaluation and Physical.

Out of town applicants - PLEASE READ!!!

Please note that you will need to be in Concord several times in order to complete the process.  Every effort will be made to accommodate your travel arrangements, but please keep in mind that we do not afford much flexibility due to time and scheduling constraints.

Recruit Training

Recruit class spans a period of 24 weeks during which recruits receive entry-level training and certifications. From the beginning to end, a Training Officer is assigned to each recruit class to be a Leader, Mentor, and to assist with anything the recruits may need.  The Training Officer also administers physical fitness training for recruits, which is required during the duration of the Recruit training process. After a thorough application process, usually anywhere from 4-5 months, it is an accomplishment to be chosen for an appointment to the Concord Fire Department Recruit Training.

During the 24 weeks in recruit training, recruits receive initial training in three disciplines which include: Firefighting, Rescue, and Hazardous Material.  Additionally, Emergency Medical Technician is required and must be completed within eighteen months of employment. Recruits receive the following certifications: NC State Firefighter I & II, Hazardous-Materials Operations, Rescue Technician, Rope Specialty, and Emergency Medical Technician.

 After successfully completing Recruit Training, each recruit is assigned to a fire company, either a Ladder Company or an Engine Company, as a Firefighter I, at this time they will work as a firefighter putting their training to the test under the direction of their Fire Captain and senior firefighters. This is where they will receive firefighting experience and gain valuable knowledge to move the Concord Fire Department into the future.

Additional Recruitment Information

Recruit School: A twenty-four week school delivered by the department in cooperation with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College yielding graduating recruits certified as NC Firefighter II, NC Haz-Mat Operations, NC Rescue Technician, and the requirement that all graduates hold or obtain (and maintain) a NC Emergency Medical Technician or National Registry EMT Certification.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Concord Fire Department Firefighter Hiring Process 


Q: When is the next written exam?

A: The next written exam is tentatively set for the August 2014. 








Ray Allen
Fire Chief

(704) 920-5516

Jacob Williams

Deputy Chief
(704) 920-5524

Todd Eury
Deputy Chief
(704) 920-5522

Kim Smith
Executive Assistant
(704) 920-5521

Sonya Bost

Administrative Assistant
(704) 920-5527

Travis McGaha
Administrative Assistant
(704) 920-5526

 Norman Franklin
Education Specialist
(704) 920-5529

 Jeffrey Bostian
Education Specialist
(704) 920-5538


(704) 920-5516

Fire Prevention Inspections/Investigations
(704) 920-5517

Emergency Management
(704) 920-5528

Training Division
(704) 920-5535

100 Warren C. Coleman Blvd.
Concord, North Carolina 28027