Employment Opportunities

We Are Not Currently Accepting Applications
( next academy start date is November 26, 2018)


Firefighter Trainee Applicant Hiring Schedule (application process is closed)

Thank you for your interest in our hiring process. The Asheville Fire Department's hiring process is as follows, dates are tentative:

  • Written Human Relations and Comprehensive Exams (July 12 & 14)
  • Practice dates for AFD Physical Ability Test are held at  20 Canoe Lane, Asheville, NC 28804. (July 16-July 18)
  • AFD Physical Ability Testing held at 20 Canoe Lane, Asheville 28804 (Map)
    (July 30 - August 10)
  • Panel Interviews  (August 6-10 & 13-17)
  • Chief Interviews (August 13-17& 20-24)
  • AFD Fire Academy - start date is November 26, 2018

 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:


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 thorough background check
  • Successful completion of drug and alcohol screening  


Starting Salary $32,630/year
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