Employment Opportunities

The Charlotte Fire Department's primary mission is to preserve life and property through rapid emergency response, code enforcement, education and planning.

Emergency Response has been the department's top function since 1887, and includes fire suppression, first-responder emergency medical services, hazardous materials mitigation, technical, dive and aircraft rescue firefighting.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Charlotte Firefighter. You'll find additional information here about our hiring process, candidate eligibility requirements, salary and benefits.

Click here for a printable document that details the firefighter hiring process.

Middle- and high-school students interested in the fire service can start planning their careers early. Click here to learn what it takes to be a firefighter.



The Charlotte Fire Department is currently evaluating contract services with a 3rd party vendor that provides the candidate written test.  This process has taken longer than anticipated.  We appreciate your patience while the details are finalized.  This email serves as notice that you are still registered in our records for the upcoming 2020 firefighter recruit hiring process.  We will reach back out as the date is finalized.

Thanks for your interest in starting a career with the Charlotte Fire Department unfortunately our applications are closed for the 2019 process.

Careers in Firefighting Interest Card

The Written Assessment (Basic Skills) Exam will be offered after the application period. Applicants who pass the written assessment exam will be invited back to take the Candidate Physical Ability Test, or CPAT.

 Careers in Firefighting