Fire Department Recruitment

The Town of Harrisburg Fire Department currently employs 46 full-time positions. Four of the positions are in administration and the others are in the operations division. Our hiring needs are different from year to year, but we are always looking for men and women who are going to provide the best care to our community in fire and emergency services. Our recruitment and job application process will remain open year-round. Applications received are considered for the following year. Any applications received between now and Dec. 31, 2018 will be considered for the 2019 year. Applications received between Jan. 1, 2019 and Dec. 31, 2019 will be considered for the 2020 year. 


The Albemarle Fire Department, Concord Fire Department, Harrisburg Fire Department and Salisbury Fire Department have developed a joint firefighter recruitment process. This process saves these agencies the cost of doing independent recruitment efforts and is more efficient for candidates because they can apply with more than one agency using the same testing process.

Not all departments are actively recruiting, but this testing will be used to establish an eligibility list which will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur for (1) year. When the testing process is complete, the eligibility list will be made available to the listed departments.      

Harrisburg Fire Department Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have a valid driver's license and a good driving record
  • Have no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving moral turpitude
  • Have no illegal drug use within the last 12 months 
  • Meet the medical requirements set forth in NFPA 1582

The Application and Selection Process:

The application process to become a firefighter candidate includes the following steps:

  • CPAT (Orientation, Practice, and Final Test)
  • Written Examination
  • Formal Interview
  • Background Check and Screening
  • Conditional Job Offer
  • Drug Testing
  • Employment Suitability Evaluation and Physical.

Testing Dates: (2019)

·        CPAT Orientation Sessions
January 25th 8a to 10a & January 26th 10a to 12p
·        CPAT Practice Sessions and Final Test
February 22 8a to 5p, February 23 8a to 5p, March 8 8a to 5p, March 9th 8a to 5p, March 22 8a to 2p, and March 23 (if needed)
·        Candidates who successfully complete the CPAT will move on to the written exam
Date TBD, Location TBD


CPAT Orientation Video


For applicants interested in applying for the Harrisburg Fire Department or any of the other agencies, you should click on the following links for how to apply:


Town of Harrisburg Fire Department


City of Albemarle Fire Department


City of Concord Fire Department


City of Salisbury Fire Department


Please remember you will only be considered for employment with the departments you submit an application.



Recruit Training:

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.

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. 

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.

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.
  • 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.