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For Firefighter are Now Closed

( Our next academy starts November 2019)


Firefighter Trainee Applicant Hiring Schedule

Thank you for your interest in our hiring process for Firefighter Trainee. The Asheville Fire Department’s hiring process is as follows, 2019 dates tentative and subject to change:

  • Written exams to be held July 13
  • AFD Physical Ability Testing held at 20 Canoe Lane, Asheville 28804 (Map)
    April, May and June.  Emails will be sent to applicants.

  • Panel Interviews
    August 5-9 and 12-16
  • Chief Interviews
    August 12-16 and 19-23
  • AFD Fire Academy – start date is November 2019

Candidates must meet NFPA 1582 standard to be hired.

ALL new hires will be required to complete AFD’s Fire Academy regardless of prior experience or certifications.

Additional Information:

There is an optional online practice test for $10.  Choose CEB Candidate Orientation Guide when selecting the test to practice


Basic Employment Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 18 years or older Valid Drivers License
  • Excellent physical condition
  • Successful completion of all testing components
  • Successful completion of a thorough background check
  • Successful completion of drug and alcohol screening


Starting Salary $15.69/hr
Flex Plan
Annual Leave – 12 days per year
Credit Union
Deferred Compensation Plan
401 (k) Contribution
Dependent Life Insurance
Dental Insurance
Direct Deposit
Employee Assistance Program
Life Insurance
Health Insurance
Long Term Disability
Medical and Dependent Care
On-Site Medical Office
Training Opportunities
Sick Leave – 12 days per year
Sick Leave Sharing Bank
Tuition Reimbursement
Holiday Leave – 11 days per year
Bereavement Leave
Military Leave

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