Firefighter Recruitment

Application Processs





The application process is now open until November 6th, 5PM.
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The City of Albemarle, City of Concord, Town of Harrisburg, and City of Salisbury have developed a joint firefighter recruitment process. This process saves these cities the cost of doing independent recruitment efforts and is more efficient for candidates because they can apply with more than one city using the same testing process.


Not all departments currently have firefighter vacancies, but this testing will be used to establish an eligibility list which will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur. When the testing process is complete, the eligibility list will be made available to the listed departments.     

This is a joint hiring process between Concord, Harrisburg, Albemarle and Salisbury. All applicants must fill out an application with each agency of interest. It is individuals responsibility to contact other agencies to see if they're accepting applications at this time.


Concord Fire Department Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of conditional job offer
  • 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

The Application and Selection Process:

 The application process to become a firefighter candidate includes the following steps:

  • CPAT (Orientation, Practice, and Final Test)
  • Written Examination
  • Formal Interviews
  • Background Check and Screening
  • Conditional Job Offer
  • Drug Testing
  • Employment Physical.


Testing Dates & Times: Fall 2020
*CPAT Orientation Sessions: October 17th 9am-11am and 11am-1pm
  ****pick one session****

***All CPAT Practice Sessions will run in 1 hour increments***                                                          

*CPAT Practice Sessions: 1st Session- November 13th and 14th 9:00am-5:00pm
                                         2nd Session- December 4th and 5th 9:00am-5:00pm
                                         Final Session- December 12th 9:00am-5:00pm

CPAT Location:
Fire Station 9
1020 Ivey Cline Rd.
Concord, NC 28027

****NOTE-Dates and times are subject to change. Please continue to check the website periodically for updates and changes****

CPAT Training Guide Link: 
*Candidates who successfully complete the CPAT will move on to the written exam 

*Written Exam- TBD

                       ***Must arrive 30 minutes prior to start time***

Exam Location

*Each department will be notifying it's applicants about the next step in their hiring process after the written test.

CONCORD APPLICANTS: Interview dates listed below:

Panel Interviews--TBD
Chief Interviews--TBD




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.






Updated 09/16/2020