09/05/10 294 W - + 4 - 4 Raleigh Hiring For Firefighters

The city is again hiring for firefighters. The position of Firefighter-- #143-10 and with a salary of $32,673-- was posted this past week and closes October 22. Here's the job posting on the city web site, along with information on the seven step recruitment process.

You can download the employment application, or get one at locations including any Raleigh fire station, the Keeter Training Center (105 Keeter Center Drive), or the Personnel Department office (222 W. Hargett Street). And be sure to follow the required instructions. 

There's also an advertisement in today's News & Observer classified section that repeats the above information, and notes that a pair of open houses are scheduled in the coming weeks.

On Sunday, September 19, and Sunday, October 10, and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both days, all Raleigh fire stations will hold open houses for people interested in learning more about the fire department. As noted above, they can pick up employment applications as well.

Also note that the Keeter Training Center will be open on four Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., to accept applications: September 25, October 2, October 9, and October 16.

Today's classified advertisement also notes that practice sessions for both the physical agility test and the written Reading Comprehension Test (RCT) will be held in November at the Keeter Training Center. Dates and times are November 10-13, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Participation in these practice sessions is strongly encouraged.

What else should we mention? Once employed, firefighter candidates attend a six-month recruit academy that teaches skills in firefighting and emergency medical care, to put it simply. After graduation, they're assigned to a fire station, and an engine or ladder company. And the adventure and career-long continued learning begins.

Good luck to everyone!

As a young volunteer looking to soon become a career firefighter, I have noticed a difference in starting pay in Wake County alone. Who has the best pay and more importantly, is it worth the extra pay in the long run?? Looks like it may better to get paid less initially than get stuck somewhere later that will be eventually taken over by a bigger city department. Can anyone advise or offer any experience?
CJ - 09/05/10 - 14:02

If you want to be a fireman, apply wherever is hiring. With the economy the way it is, it isn’t time to be picky, most places are laying off. You aren’t going to get rich doing this job, but, you can always supplement your income on your days off if you choose.

Some cities take applicants at age 18, others at 21. Apply to all of them. And, if you haven’t done so already, get a degree.
Silver - 09/05/10 - 14:14

Can anyone tell me if credit score is a factor when getting hired with a department?
Credit Krunch - 09/06/10 - 11:00

@Credit – I can’t speak with knowledge of the fire service, but it is for law enforcement, as they do credit checks as a way of considering “would this guy take a bribe”. I’m fairly sure they check your credit history and I KNOW they check you criminal history when you get to a certain point after you apply. I’m not suggesting that it’s a determining factor, but I would do everything I could to rebuild your rating if it’s poor. Most people understand that youthful lack of knowledge and today’s economy have a large bearing on what someone’s financial situation is. I’m sure someone else can speak on this, but I would encourage you to apply if it’s what you truly want to do, as it’s a good job and something to be proud of when someone asks what you do.

Kudos for your inquiry.
Duda - 09/07/10 - 10:05

From what I understand, the city only does credit checks on positions with the potential of purchasing items (those who receive procurement cards, etc).
BC - 09/07/10 - 13:15

Krunch unlike some law enforcement, NO they do not check credit! Driving record and criminal back grounds ar done by HR if you make it that far! All i can say you better be running, running, running! Good luck!
Jason Lane - 09/07/10 - 18:55

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