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
DO NOT CALL TO CHECK ON YOUR STATUS.
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 AND SELECTION PROCESS
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 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.