Employment Opportunities

The Charlotte Fire Department employs more than 1,160 men and women, including 1,040 firefighters.

The Charlotte Fire Department has been serving the Queen City since 1887. Its primary mission is to preserve life and property through rapid emergency response, code enforcement, education and planning.

We take that mission very seriously, and have the highest standards for those men and women who choose to join the Charlotte Fire Department.

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.

CFD Firefighter Application Process

Firefighters are highly skilled professionals who provide emergency response to fires and other life-threatening situations.

Although firefighters may be best known for fire suppression, their job requires much more. In many cases, firefighters are the first emergency personnel to arrive at the scene of a traffic accident or medical call and must have the skills to treat injuries and perform other vital medical, rescue and emergency response functions.

The Charlotte Fire Department opens its firefighter recruitment process once a year. The process usually begins in the fall with the online application.

Click on the Careers in Firefighting link in the box to the right to find out more about the process, including:

  • Eligibility requirements

  • Application process and timeline

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