Recruit class spans a period of 18 weeks during which recruits receive entry-level training and certifications. Certified Peer Fitness Trainers also provide daily physical fitness training for recruits, which is required during the duration of the recruit training process. After a thorough application process, it is an accomplishment to be chosen for an appointment to Harrisburg Fire Department Recruit Training.

Initial Training

During the 18 weeks in recruit training, recruits receive initial training in three disciplines: 

  • Firefighting
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Rescue


Additionally, Emergency Medical Technician is required and must be completed within 18 months of employment. Recruits receive the following certifications: 

  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Hazardous-Materials Operations
  • North Carolina State Firefighter l and ll (which will be altered to an adjusted/upgraded standard on January 1, 2015)
  • North Carolina Technical Rescuer

After successfully completing Recruit Training, each recruit is assigned to a fire company as a Firefighter l. At this time they will work as a firefighter putting their training to the test. This is where they will receive firefighting experience and gain valuable knowledge to move the Harrisburg Fire Department into the future.

Interview Preparation Checklist

  • Dress your best. Present a neat business-like 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.
  • Thank the interview board for their time and consideration.

Out of Town Applicants

Please note that you will need to be available several times in order to complete the process.