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Interested in Becoming a Firefighter? Raleigh Fire Is Looking for You!

If you are looking for a rewarding career where you can be part of something meaningful and serve others, the Raleigh Fire Department wants to hear from you! We will accept applications for the position of firefighter recruit beginning on Oct. 9, 2022. The application period will run until Nov. 30, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. This year you’ll have three more weeks to submit an application than in previous years.

The Raleigh Fire Department plans to start a traditional academy and an abbreviated academy in March of 2023.

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Firefighter Recruit Position

A firefighter recruit is an entry-level position involving development of skills, knowledge and abilities related to protecting life and property. Our teams do that through firefighting and providing emergency medical treatment to the sick and injured. A candidate must successfully complete the Fire Academy, including becoming state certified as an EMT (emergency medical technician).

The annual starting salary is $46,540, in addition to several other benefits.

Application Process

Download and read the Candidate Selection Procedure Manual, available on our Fire Recruitment webpage, before applying for the firefighter recruit position. It describes in detail the requirements (application paperwork, exams, etc.) needed to complete the application process.

Submit your application online during the application period. Applications will NOT be accepted in person, or via fax or email.

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More Information

For more information, visit our Raleigh Fire webpage, contact the Keeter Training Center at 919-996-6395, or email

The City of Raleigh is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, age, disability, sexual orientation or national origin.