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The CFD Process:

Step 1: Written Test

All applicants that pass the written exam will move forward to the CPAT.

Step 2: CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test)

All applicants that pass the CPAT will remain in the applicant pool unless chosen to attend a background interview. Most candidates will not be chosen for step 3 as we cannot interview all applicants.

Step 3: Background Interview and Application Packet Review

As mentioned before, not all applicants will receive an interview. The formula for selection is individuals with more positive attributes and less negative.

Step 4: Background Investigation

Includes: a historical check of employment, credit criminal and driving records.

Step 5: Panel Interview

A typical panel may include, but not limited to: (1) Deputy Chief, (1) Battalion Chief, (1) Training Captain and (1) HR Representative.

Step 6: Polygraph Examination

Step 7: Pre-Employment Medical Examination and Drug Screening

The CFD follows the NFPA 1582 medical guidelines.

Step 8: Civil Service Certification

The CFD will represent the applicant to the Civil Service Board.


Eligibility Requirements (must be met as of test date):

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid driver's license and a good driving record
  • Honorable discharge, if any, from the military
  • Must meet the medical requirements set forth in NFPA 1582
  • 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 test date
  • Sale of drugs
  • Certain drug use and/or patterns of drug use
  • Anything other than an honorable discharge from the military
  • Pattern of theft

    Disqualifiers include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Driver's License Requirements:

    The Charlotte Fire Department requires its Firefighters to have a valid driver's license in their current state of residence as a condition of employment. You may refer to the DMV website for more information on driving and license requirements.

    1. North Carolina Residents: Must have a valid South Carolina license with heir current residence in order to be considered for a firefighter position.
    2. South Carolina Residents:
    3. Must have a valid North Carolina Driver's License that lists current residence in order to be considered for a firefighter position.


    Out of State Applicants:

    North Carolina law requires all residents to obtain a valid and up-to-date North Carolina Driver's License within 60 days of moving (in the case of in-state applicants) or establishing residence (in the case of out-of-state applicants). Applicants must provide a valid North Carolina Driver's License, upon request, within this time frame. Failure to obtain or provide a valid North Carolina Driver's License may result in disqualification from the firefighter hiring process.


    Salary Information:

    All firefighters are hired at the level of Firefighter I, regardless of experience or education. Starting pay is as follows:

    (Effective July 1, 2010)

    High School Education: $35,460.95

    Associate's Degree: $37,233.02

    Bachelor's Degree: $39,095.78

    Foreign Language Incentive

    : Employees who demonstrate proficiency in certain foreign languages are eligible to receive an additional 5% pay incentive upon graduation from the Training Academy.


    1. Medical
    2. Dental
    3. Vision
    4. Short-term Disability
    5. 401K
    6. Term Life Insurance

      Firefighter's Schedule:

      Our firefighters work a 24-hour day working an average of 10 days a month, 8amto 8am.

      Work Cycle/Tour:

      Work (1) day - Off (1) day

      Work (1) day - Off (2) days

      Work (1) day - Off (1) day

      Work (1) day - Off (4) days

      ...then the cycle begins again.

      Rank Structure:

      Fire Chief

      Deputy Chief

      Battalion Chief



      Firefighter II

      Firefighter I


      Charlotte Firefighters are not just responsible for putting out fires. Sample job duties may include:

      1. Perform salvage operations such as applying salvage covers, sweeping water, and removing debris
      2. Participate in fire drills and training classes in apparatus operation, firefighting, and emergency medical response; study assigned materials related to firefighting and fire prevention
      3. Inspect building and premises for familiarization; check for fire hazards; participate in maintenance and inspection of fire hydrants
      4. Perform general maintenance and cleaning work for the upkeep of department apparatus, equipment, and buildings
      5. Respond to assignments given by superior officers at the emergency scene and at the station

    New Member Handbook
    May 03, 2012
    Download: New Member Manual.doc

    Class 74 Recruit Video
    Jan 11, 2012

    Recruitment Information
    Jan 11, 2012

    Download: CFD Recruitment Overview.pdf

    CFD Recruitment Video
    Jan 11, 2012

    CFD Promo/Message from our Chief from Charlotte Fire on Vimeo.


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