All new recruits attend the Charlotte Fire Training Academy for approximately twenty-four weeks of paid training. This rigorous program
includes classroom and practical instruction, as well as daily physical training. Recruits must score at least 80% on all tests to pass and continue employment. In addition to daily training, recruits respond to second-alarm fires.
Many new employees come to the Charlotte Fire Department with volunteer or professional firefighting experience. Regardless of prior training or certifications, we require everyone to attend the Academy. This experience is an important introduction to the Charlotte Fire Department.