Hiring & Recruitment

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Our mission is to assist the public in the protection of life and property by minimizing the impact of fire, medical emergencies and potential disasters or events that effect the community and environment.


The City of Wilson Human Resources Department will not take any applications for employment until there is an opening.  You can either wait until we advertise an opening with the department and then seek an application or you can fill out an interest card.  Interest cards are good for one year.  If you haven't heard anything in one year you need to fill out another card.  When we advertise for a firefighter position you will be sent an application in the mail if the city has your interest card.

We run our hiring process once a year.  You will be given a time and date to report there to take a firefighter entrance exam. The exam measures your cognitive skills, practical skills, emotional skills and interpersonal skills. It consists of questions on basic reading, writing and mathematics skills, judgment, reasoning, communication, and motivation skills. 

All applicants that pass the exam (70 or better) will be invited to participate in our combat challenge physical fitness test at our training center. Applicants that satisfactorily complete both the entrance test and the combat challenge test will be given a date and time to be interviewed by a panel of personnel from the fire department. 

All three scores are combined for an average. A list is made utilizing the test scores for the top candidate down. We generally start at the top of the list and work our way down when hiring personnel. We select from this list for one year and then we run another process and develop a new list. The applicant(s) determined to best fit the needs of the vacant position will be given a careful reference and work background review along with a complete medical examination (including a drug test) and a pre-hire psychological examination.


In order to process an application for a firefighter position, applicants must first meet the minimum employment criteria. They include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • High School graduate or GED
  • No conviction of a felony or serious misdemeanor
  • Must have a valid North Carolina driver's license
  • Minimum age 18

For more information, contact the City of Wilson Human Resources Department at 252-399-2246.


The Fire Resource Development and Safety Bureau (Training) provides essential training for all department personnel. Areas include:

  • fire prevention and public education
  • hazardous materials
  • fire fighting strategies and tactics
  • emergency medical care
  • officer development
  • rescue techniques

Fire & Rescue Academy Fire & Rescue Academy

Thomas Parker 
Fire/Rescue Training Coordinator



PopupWilson Technical Community College Fire & Rescue Cadet Academy is a twelve (12) week program that allows a cadet upon completion to become Certified in Firefighter I & II and OSHA Hazardous-Material  Technician.  The program operates in strict accordance with regulations mandated by the North Carolina Community College System and the North Carolina Fire/Rescue Commission.

The Fire and Rescue Academy is scheduled twice each year. All classes are held at the Wilson Fire/Rescue Services Training Center, 800 North Pine Street, Wilson, N. C. Classes are scheduled 8:00 am - 5:00 pm  Monday - Friday.