Now Accepting Applications for Firefighter Trainee
(tentative start date June 2023)

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:

  • Written Comprehensive Exam
  • CPAT practice
  • CPAT Test  (Video)
  • Panel Interviews
  • 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.


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 $39,242.13 during the academy
  • Upon graduation from the academy annual salary is $45,128.44
  • 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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