Raleigh Fire Department Announces Annual Hiring Process

The Raleigh Fire Department has announced a new annual hiring process, with application periods to be conducted each year from November 1 through November 30. Selected applicants will start the annual fire academy in late spring.

Hiring Process

The hiring process takes approximately six months to complete and includes accepting applications, written exams, physical agility testing, background checks, interviews, drug test, physical examinations, and psychological evaluation.

The academy is scheduled to begin each year in April and with graduation scheduled for November. The hiring timeline will be also be evaluated each year, to determine if the department needs are being met.

All interested candidates must visit www.raleighnc.gov/employment to complete an online application during the month of November. 


Firefighters must be thoroughly fit in order to meet the rigorous physical demands of the job. They must also be able to think and act quickly in emergencies.

Before a new firefighter recruit is employed, hiring officials must be sure that he or she is capable of learning to operate complex mechanical equipment, as well as safely working in hazardous situations.

Each prospective member must also meet high character standards; since he or she will be entrusted with the safety and property of citizens and co-workers. Applicants must be able to work as part of a team.

For more information, contact Captain James Hill, james.hill@raleighnc.gov.

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