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The Charlotte Fire Department employs more than 1,100 men and women, of which more than 90% are employed within the Operations Division.  Our hiring needs vary from year to year; however, it is our goal to continually seek out highly qualified and diverse candidates to join our world-class organization.  

For additional information on the Firefighter hiring process, click here


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2015 Firefighter Hiring Process

Please direct any questions about your application or the current process to cfdrecruitment@charlottenc.gov .

Application Period
Nov 10- 21, 2014
Written Test
January 31, 2015
Oasis Shriner's Temple
CPAT Orientation
March 17-18, 2015
Training Academy
CPAT Timed Runs
April 13-16, 2015
Training Academy
CPAT Final Run
May 11-15, 2015
Training Academy
Background Interviews
June 8- June 26, 2015
CFD Headquarters
Panel Interviews
July 9- July 20, 2015
CFD Headquarters
Polygraph Interviews
July 14- July 31, 2015
CFD Headquarters
New Hire Physicals
* The Charlotte Fire Department has the authority to change these dates and locations at any time during the hiring process. 
Firefighter Eligibility Requirements:
(must be met as of test date)
  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid driver's license
  • Honorable discharge, if any, from the military
  • Must meet the medical requirements set 
    forth in NFPA 1582.


Contact Us: 

For questions related to the hiring process, contact CFD Recruitment at 704-336-2979 or via email  cfdrecruitment@charlottenc.gov

Firefighter Applicant Disqualifiers:

  • Anything other than a honorable discharge from the military
  • 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 written test date
  • Pattern of illegal drug use
  • Pattern of theft
  • Six or more points for moving violation on driver record within the last three years
  • DUI/DWI conviction within the last five years

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