The 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:

  • CPAT practice
  • CPAT Test  (Video)
  • Written Comprehensive Exam
  • Chief Interviews
  • AFD Fire Academy

Candidate 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.


Academy Pipelines

  • Existing Firefighter/NC EMT or NREMT/ Technical Rescuer certification: 12 week academy
  • Existing Firefighter/NC EMT or NREMT: 18 week academy
  • Existing NC EMT / or NREMT: 18 week academy
  • No Experience or FF Only: 25 week academy

Practice Dates 2023:
– August 14-18
– September 11-15
– October 2-6 (Post application practice)

Official Test Dates 2023:
– October 30th, 31st, November 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Scheduled Written Testing Dates:
– November 6th – 12th

Chief Interviews:
-November 15th – 17th

NFPA Physical:
Week of November 27th

Start date of January 8, 2024.







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


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  • Starting Salary $40,223.04 during the academy
  • Upon graduation from the academy annual salary is $46,256.60
  • AEMT 5% Supplement
  • Advanced FF 5% Supplement
  • 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


For more information related to our hiring process, please contact the City of Asheville’s human resources department at 828-259-5690
For more information related to the details of becoming an Asheville Firefighter please contact our training division 828-259-5636 or email AFDHire.
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