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 191 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

 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 
2015-2016 Firefighter Recruitment



Application Period - May 1 - 29


CPAT Orientation Sessions - Held at Concord Fire Station 3

First Session June 12 and 13 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Second Session June 26 and 27 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  ************ Click on Link to download the manual and video******* Must read the full manual and watch video


** Candidate Physical Ability Test Manual

** CPAT Orientation Video

Career Day will be held during the Orientation Sessions on June 13 and June 27 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

CPAT Practice Sessions - Held at  Concord Fire Station 3

   First Session July 30, 31, August 1 (possibly Aug. 2) - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

   Second Session August 13, 14, 15 (possibly Aug. 16) - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Final CPAT Test: - Held at Concord Fire Station 3

    August 28, 29, 30, 31 8:00 am to 5:00 pm


 Written Test Date - Time and Location to be announced 

Date: September 12 (Background Packets Distribution also)



Oral Board - Held at Concord Fire Station 3

Dates:  October 12 - 16


Background Investigations Conducted - October 21 through November 8



The application process to become a firefighter candidate includes the following steps: CPAT (Orientation, Practice, Final Test)  Entrance Examination,  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. 

Recruit Training

Recruit class spans a period of 18 weeks during which recruits receive entry-level training and certifications. From the beginning to end, the Training Division, along with many instructors specializing in a variety of disciplines, works consistently to oversee the recruit class.They are committed to be leaders, mentors, and to assit with anything that the recruits may need to be successful. The Training Division, along with Certified Peer Fitness Trainers also provides daily 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 Concord Fire Department Recruit Training.

During the 18 weeks in recruit training, recruits receive initial training in three disciplines which include: Firefighting, Rescue, and Hazardous Materials. Additionally, Emergency Medical Technician is required and must be completed within eighteen months of employment. Recruits receive the following certifications: NC State Firefighter l and ll (which will be altered to an adjusted/upgraded standard on January 1, 2015), Hazardous-Materials Operations, NC Technical Rescuer, and Emergency Medical Technician. 

After successfully completing Recruit Training, each recruit is assigned to a fire company, which will be a Ladder Company, a Rescue Company, or an Engine Company as a Firefighter l. 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.


Interview Preparation

Suggested links to review: Getting Hired as a Firefighter

Fire Link: Preparing for Firefighter Candidate Interviews Firefighters Oral Interviews



Checklist for Preparing for Your Interview:

Dress your best. Present a neat businesslike appearance for your interview.


Know the exact date, time and place of your interview. If you are unfamiliar with the area, allow more time for travel. Consider allowing more time for inclement weather and unexpected emergencies as well.


Arrive at least 15 minutes early before your appointed time. Late arrivals will not be tolerated.


Have all required materials with you. It is not mandatory to hand a resume to the interview board, but is allowed.  


Sit erect and look interviewers in the eye when you speak. Your courtesy, alertness, and self-confidence are important.


This is a behavior-based review of your personal history. We want to know about you and how well you might fit into our family. Remember, you have known yourself your whole life. The interviewers have only a short period to get to know you and to recognize your capabilities.


Answer questions promptly and accurately. If you are unsure of the question, ask the interviewer to repeat it.


It is normal for you to be nervous however, if you are prepared to answer the questions, you will probably find that you will not be as nervous as when you are unprepared.


Thank the interview board for their time and consideration.