The Firefighter Trainee Applicant Hiring Schedule
(Not Currently Accepting Applications)

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 2024:
– February 12-16
– March 11-15
– April 8-12

Official CPAT Test Dates 2024:
– April 29 – May 3

Scheduled Written Testing Dates:
– May 9-15

Chief Interviews:
-May 20-22

Tentative Offers:
-by May 27

NFPA Physical:
June 3

Academy start date of July 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.
To be notified when the job posting opens, fill out a Job Interest Card.


Observer Program

The Observer Program permits interested persons to observe the Asheville Fire Department operations by riding with command officers or fire companies.  Those who request to ride AFD apparatus must have legitimate reasons or valid connections with other departments. Observers will only be scheduled to ride after the command staff approval.

Ride Along Form