Wilmington Fire Department Recruitment Information

If you would like to receive notifications for the next recruiting process, please visit the 
City of Wilmington's Employment Page and complete a Job Interest Card.


Hiring Process

Applicants will be required to successfully complete the
following screenings:

  • Aptitude Test
  • Criminal Background Investigation
  • Driving History Check
  • 19 years of age by closing date
  • Personal and Professional reference check
  • Strength and Agility Test and Oral Interview
  • Pre-Employment Physical and Drug Screen

 The online application process requires applicants to submit   electronically the following:

  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Official High School Diploma, High School Transcript or GED Certificate

Note: Correspondence will be sent to candidates using only the e-mail address included on the application. Please monitor your e-mail closely after the posted closing date.

Applications are only accepted during active recruitment periods. Please sign up for a Job Interest Card with the category of "Public Safety" to be notified of open positions.

 We Aren't Related But We Are Family

Aptitude Test

FireTEAM is a video-based testing system that assesses critical skills necessary to be a firefighter and includes the often overlooked content areas of teamwork and human relations as well as mechanical aptitude, reading ability and basic math skills.  In order to prepare for this test, you may purchase practice exams from Ergometrics.

Strength and Agility

Candidates of the hiring process can find out more information pertaining to the Strength and Agility test by watching the video above. More information can also be obtained by reviewing the Strength and Agility Test Booklet.


Salary & Benefits

Starting salary: $32,250.96 after completion of the Firefighter Recruit Academy. Comprehensive benefits package including an additional 4.5% contribution to 401k or 457 plans and in lieu of social security the city will contribute an additional 3% to the 457 plan. If you elect to contribute an additional 3% to the 457 plan, the city will match your 3% contribution.

Recruit Class of 2015

Over the course of 6 months, each member completed approximately 847 hours of training along with 121 hours of physical training. During this time our recruits achieved state certifications for Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Fighter, Technical Rescuer, Shipboard Firefighting and Hazardous Materials Operations as well as Child Passenger Safety Seat Technician. The class was also trained in Firefighter Rescue, Safety and Survival.



Why do you love working at WFD?

  • 24 Hour Shifts
  • 11 Fire Stations
  • 220 Personnel
  • Water Rescue
  • Tactical Rescue
  • Haz-Mat



801 Market Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
Human Resource Technician
Heather Lufholm




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