Currently the City of Albemarle Fire Department is accepting applications for entry level firefighter positions.
This application period will be open until March 9, 2019.
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 25th from 8am-10am and January 26th, 2019 10am-12pm
*CPAT Practice Sessions: 1st Session- February 22nd-23rd, 2019 8:00am-5:00pm
2nd Session- March 8th-9th, 2019 8:00am-5:00pm
Final Session- March 22, 2019 8:00am-2:00pm (March 23, 2019 if needed)
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
*The date and location for the written exam will be determined at a later time
*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 21 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 21 weeks in recruit training, recruits receive initial training in three disciplines which include: Firefighting, Rescue, and Hazardous Materials. Applicants with their North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification are assigned to shifts at the completion of the 21 weeks of recruit school. Applicants without their North Carolina EMT certification are required to complete an additional six weeks of recruit school prior to their completion of the recruit school program. 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
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. ______________________________________________________________________________________________
Albemarle Firefighter Benefit Information
City of Albemarle Firefighter Trainee
Starting Salary: $31,994 (increasing to $33,593 after completion of six months satisfactory service)
No Previous Experience Required, Paid Recruit Training
Recruit training of 27 weeks (21 weeks if you posses valid NC Emergency Medical Technician Certification)
All uniforms and protective clothing provided by the city
Work 24 hours on duty, 48 hours off duty schedule once you complete recruit school
Potential for up to 135 hours of overtime annually (approximately $2,300 as part of 24/48 shift schedule)
100% employer paid employee health care, dependent coverage available at the employee’s expense
Minimum 2 hours of call back pay at 1 ½ times normally hourly rate for all emergency call backs
Longevity Pay available after 5th year of service:
Years of Service Longevity Amount
5 to 10 years - 2%
10 to 15 years - 3%
15 to 20 years - 4%
20 years and over - 5%
Holiday leave accrual of 127.2 hours annually
Sick Leave Accrual of 127.2 hours annually
Annual Military Training Leave of 159 hours annually
Vacation Leave Accrual:
0-4 Years 106 hours annually
5-9 Years 127.2 hours annually
10-14 Years 159 hours annually
15-20 Years 190.8 hours annually
20 Years Plus 222.6 hours annually
Fully paid health insurance until employee reached Medicare eligibility after 25 years or more of continuous service to the city. Prorated city paid health insurance after 10 years of continuous service.
Enrollment in the North Carolina Local Governmental Employee’s Retirement System
Availability of employee funded 401(k) and 457(b) supplemental retirement funds
Eligible for membership in the North Carolina Local Government Employee’s Federal Credit Union
Tuition Reimbursement up to $1,000 annually for eligible expenses related to improving current job skills or preparing for promotional opportunities within the city
For Additional Information Visit: http://www.albemarlenc.gov/departments/fire-department/job-posting