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Fired Up: Become a Raleigh Firefighter - Apply Now!

If you enjoy serving your community and helping others, consider becoming a Raleigh firefighter! The Raleigh Fire Department offers job stability and a competitive benefits package. 

The application period for the 2024 Fire Academy is taking place Sept. 1 through Sept. 30 and the academy is scheduled to start on Feb. 12, 2024. The application form is now available.

Becoming a firefighter for the City of Raleigh is a highly-competitive process. Raleigh Fire receives applications from men and women of varying backgrounds and experiences and as a result, the department is a diverse group of people from across North Carolina and the United States.

The starting salary for a firefighter is $46,540.

Fire Academy Candidate Requirements

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Candidates are required to meet the rigorous physical and mental demands of the job, but no previous firefighting experience is required. 

Candidates must:

  • be at least 19 years old by the first day of the academy;
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent (proof required);
  • have corrected vision of at least 20/30 in both eyes;
  • have an operational telephone; and,
  • have a valid driver’s license.

Visit  How to Become a Raleigh Firefighter to learn more about the application process. In addition, potential applicants may wish to watch videos illustrating the components of the required Physical Agility Test.

RFD will also hold an information session on how to become a Raleigh firefighter on Sept. 28.



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