Firefighter Trainee

  • City of Asheville
  • Asheville, NC, USA
  • Apr 25, 2018

Job Description

Job Summary The City of Asheville invites you to apply to begin your career as a firefighter. A firefighter serves as a member of a crew responding to fire calls, disaster calls, and emergency medical calls, and studying and training in the methods and techniques for fire fighting, hazardous materials handling, and emergency medical care.  A firefighter performs responsible, technical work in protecting City residents from fire and environmental emergencies or disasters, rendering emergency treatment to the sick and injured, and responding to emergency rescue situations involving bodily injury or potential loss of life. Work includes training in control and extinguishment of fires and/or mitigating other disasters, applying necessary emergency medical care to sick or injured persons, and participating in the maintenance of station equipment and quarters. Work is frequently performed under hazardous conditions, requiring rapid response and strenuous physical exertion. Tact, courtesy, and firmness are required in dealing with sick or injured persons and with the general public. Work is performed in accordance with established emergency procedures and techniques, but the employee must exercise some independent judgment. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Fire Officer and is evaluated by the employee's ability to respond effectively to emergency situations.

Please note that we will be using email to communicate with applicants throughout the recruitment process. It is important that you check your email on a regular basis to ensure you have all of the information you need regarding the hiring process for the firefighter opportunity. It is advised that you also check your junk or spam email to ensure you receive all necessary information.

For more information on the hiring process including a timeline, links to practice exams and assessment descriptions please visit the Asheville Fire Department's website :

All dates are subject to change and we will notify you by email as needed throughout the process.

Physical Ability Practice Sessions will be announced at written testing sessions.

The written exam takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete and dates are set for:
Thursday, July 12th at 5:30 pm
Saturday, July 14th at 8:00 am
Saturday, July 14th at 1:00 pm

Physical Ability testing is July 30th - August 10th

Panel Interviews will be held August 6th - 10th and 13th - 17th

Chief Interviews will be held August 13th - 17th and 20th - 24th

Completion of all pre-employment conditional requirements will be completed by first of November. 

Tentative start date will be December of 2018

Final applicants are subject to pre-employment drug screening and background check. Final applicants must successfully complete physical per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1582 guidelines which includes hearing, vision, breathing capacity and cardiology tests. These physicals require a scheduled appointment. The City's Physician or Physician Assistant must provide final clearance. The exams are at the City's expense after a conditional offer is made, but before a final offer of employment.

If hired, the training schedule is M-F, 8-5. After completion of training, the firefighter schedule is 24 hour shift rotations.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Responds to fire calls as a firefighter; performs necessary work related to fire suppression.
  • Responds to calls for environmental and other disasters involving hazardous materials, such as gas leaks, fuel spills and chemical emergencies; takes proper steps to mitigate hazardous situations.
  • Responds to emergency calls as an emergency medical technician, performs necessary rescue work; administers necessary emergency medical care.
  • Responds to non-emergency calls, such as requests to assist other emergency medical care providers in moving patients into transportation vehicles and assisting disabled persons in their homes when other assistance is inadequate.
  • Participates in a continuous training program to improve competence in all areas related to fire fighting functions and meet Federal, State and Local standards.
  • Assists in inspection and maintenance of assigned apparatus and equipment and performs station maintenance.
  • Actively participates in public fire and life safety education activities, hydrant maintenance, professional development reviews, and any other assigned duties.
  • Utilizes specialized hand and power tools in rescuing victims of fire, disaster and other emergencies.
  • Performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation or defibrillation as necessary.
  • Maintains appropriate level of physical fitness for duty.
  • Participates in as a member of a company in pre-fire planning.
  • Utilizes computerized data entry equipment and various word processing, spreadsheet, file maintenance and/or database programs to enter, store and/or retrieve information.
  • May assist with traffic control duties as required.
  • May be required to respond on an off-duty basis in event of major fire, rescue, hazardous-materials or other emergency.
  • Performs related work as required.

Required Education & Experience Graduation from high school (or equivalent) with verbal and written communications skills and reading comprehension skills required to successfully complete basic firefighter training and certification; and/or any equivalent combination of training and experience required to perform the essential position functions.
Possession of a valid driver's license. The following certifications issued by the State of North Carolina to be obtained within one (1) year of the date of hire: Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Operations, EMT-B, Technical Rescuer, Child Passenger Seat Technician. Must be at least 18 years of age by starting date of academy.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Working Conditions
  • General knowledge of learned procedures, practices, routines to deal effectively with routine work.
  • Working knowledge of fire fighting procedures, techniques and apparatus.
  • Working knowledge of hazardous materials and mitigation of situations involving hazardous materials.
  • Working knowledge of emergency medical procedures and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of equipment and supplies employed in the emergency care of patients and victims of accidents.
  • Working knowledge of City geography and of the location of roads and streets within the City.
  • Ability to respond quickly and calmly to emergency situations.
  • Ability to safely drive emergency vehicles at high rates of speed.
  • Ability to lift substantial weight.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to deal tactfully, courteously and firmly with the general public.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.