Currently the City of Albemarle Fire Department is accepting applications for
Entry Level Firefighter positions.
This application period will be open until April 1, 2018.
For application information and details on the position visit: Apply for City of Albemarle Firefighter Position
The City of Albemarle employment application can be found here: Click for City of Albemarle Employment Application
To submit your properly completed employment application follow the submission directions which can be found at the top of the employment application or on the Employment Opportunities webpage for the City of Albemarle
The City of Albemarle, City of Concord, Town of Harrisburg, and City of Salisbury have developed a joint firefighter recruitment process. This process saves these cities the cost of doing independent recruitment efforts and is more efficient for candidates because they can apply with more than one city using the same testing process.
Not all departments currently have firefighter vacancies, but this testing will be used to establish an eligibility list which will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur. When the testing process is complete, the eligibility list will be made available to the listed departments.
This is a joint hiring process between Concord, Harrisburg, Albemarle and Salisbury. All applicants must fill out an application with each department of interest in order to be eligible to be hired by that department.
Please see the links below for information on submitting an application for other departments in the Carolina Fire Recruitment Alliance:
Albemarle Fire Department Minimum Qualifications:
Be at least 18 years of age at time of conditional job offer
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school
Possession of or ability to obtain a valid N.C. Driver's License
Must establish residency in Stanly or adjoining county within 90 days of the date of employment
After receiving a conditional job offer, the successful applicant must pass a substance abuse test
Special Conditions or Requirements:
Pass Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) administered by the fire department
Successfully complete a written exam administered by the fire department. The exam consists of human relations, mechanical reasoning, reading and math components
Undergo oral interview by members of the fire department
Undergo oral interview by staff officers of the fire department
Undergo background investigation
The chosen applicant will be offered the job contingent upon passing an NFPA 1582 compliant physical examination, which includes substance abuse testing
Must successfully complete, according to fire department policy, the recruit school chosen by the fire department. Applicants chosen to attend recruit school will be employed by the City of Albemarle during the recruit school
The Application and Selection Process:
The application process to become a firefighter candidate includes the following steps:
CPAT (Orientation, Practice, and Final Test)
Oral interview by members of the fire department
Oral interview by staff officers of the fire department
Conditional Job Offer
Background Check and Screening
Testing Dates & Times:
*CPAT Orientation Sessions: January 26th-27th, 2018 8:00am-noon
*CPAT Practice Sessions: 1st Session- February 22nd-23rd, 2018 8:00am-5:00pm
2nd Session- March 8th-9th, 2018 8:00am-5:00pm
Final Session- March 22nd-23rd, 2018 8:00am-5:00pm
Location: The location of the CPAT and directions on scheduling test times will be mailed to the applicants
*Candidates who successfully complete the CPAT will move on to the written exam
*Written Exam- April 17th, 2018 6:00pm
***Must arrive 30 minutes prior to start time***
5400 John Q Hammonds Dr. NW
Concord, NC 28027
*Each department will be notifying it's applicants about the next step in their hiring process after the written test.
OUT OF TOWN APPLICANTS: PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL NEED TO BE AVAILABLE SEVERAL TIMES IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE PROCESS.
The City of Albemarle participates with the City of Concord Recruit School Program. Recruit class spans a period of 18 weeks during which recruits receive entry-level training and certifications. From the beginning to end, the Training Division of the Concord Fire Department, along with many instructors specializing in a variety of disciplines, works consistently to oversee the recruit class. They are committed to be leaders, mentors, and to assist with anything that the recruits may need to be successful. The Training Division of the Concord Fire Department, along with Certified Peer Fitness Trainers also provides daily physical fitness training for recruits, which is required during the duration of the recruit training process.
During the 18 weeks in recruit training, recruits receive initial training in three disciplines which include: Firefighting, Rescue, and Hazardous Materials. Additionally, Emergency Medical Technician is required and must be completed within eighteen months of employment. Recruits receive the following certifications: NC State Firefighter l and ll (which will be altered to an adjusted/upgraded standard on January 1, 2015), Hazardous-Materials Operations, NC Technical Rescuer, and Emergency Medical Technician.
Suggested links to review:
Firehouse.com: Getting Hired as a Firefighter
Fireprep.com: Firefighters Oral Interviews
Checklist for Preparing for Your Interview:
Dress your best. Present a neat businesslike appearance for your interview.
Know the exact date, time and place of your interview. If you are unfamiliar with the area, allow more time for travel. Consider allowing more time for inclement weather and unexpected emergencies as well.
Arrive at least 15 minutes early before your appointed time. Late arrivals will not be tolerated.
Have all required materials with you. It is not mandatory to hand a resume to the interview board, but is allowed.
Sit erect and look interviewers in the eye when you speak. Your courtesy, alertness, and self-confidence are important.
This is a behavior-based review of your personal history. We want to know about you and how well you might fit into our family. Remember, you have known yourself your whole life. The interviewers have only a short period to get to know you and to recognize your capabilities.
Answer questions promptly and accurately. If you are unsure of the question, ask the interviewer to repeat it.
It is normal for you to be nervous however, if you are prepared to answer the questions, you will probably find that you will not be as nervous as when you are unprepared.