City job opportunities – Fire Department

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Notice:  Applications currently open!

Academy starts November 2020

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, 2020 dates tentative and subject to change:


  • AFD Physical Ability Testing is held at 20 Canoe Lane, Asheville 28804 (MAP) – Emails will be sent to applicants to schedule dates.
  • Written Human Relations and Comprehensive Exams
  • Panel Interviews
  • Chief Interviews
  • AFD Fire Academy – start date is November 2020

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.


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 a thorough background check
  • Successful completion of drug and alcohol screening


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  • 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