Hiring and Recruitment (Wilson Fire/Rescue Services)

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Leading the Way Through Quality Recruitment


 Fire Recruiter

Sarah O’Briant

Sarah B. O’Briant started her career as a firefighter in January 2007. She attended the fire academy after being hired and completed her Emergency Medical Technician afterwards. She has served on several committees in our department such as interviewing new employees, SOP, and several others. Sarah now oversees our Hiring and Recruiting. If you would like to join our team or have any questions about our hiring process you can contact Sarah O’Briant at 252-399-2883 or sobriant@wilsonnc.org.


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To Compete in the Selection Process for Firefighter

Before your application can be considered, you must successfully achieve the minimum score outlined in our pre-employment assessments. Candidates will be tested utilizing “WorkKeys Skill Assessments”. Candidates wishing to move forward in our application process should pursue testing at a WorkKeys testing center of their choice. In Wilson, the testing process is handled by Wilson Community College (WCC). There is a $50.00 administrative fee made payable to the college for the required assessments. Your application will remain incomplete if you have not submitted your WorkKeys exam results to Human Resources. If results from all four areas noted below are not received by the deadline of the six month interval (June 30th or December 31st), you will not move forward in the hiring process for that period.

The City of Wilson Fire/Rescue Services pre-employment WorkKeys assessments are:

Course Cost Minimum Score

  • Graphic Literacy formerly Locating Information $10.00 Fee 4
  • Workplace Documents formerly Reading for Information $10.00 Fee 4
  • Workplace Observation $20.00 Fee 3
  • Applied Math formerly Applied Mathematics $10.00 Fee 3

To take the assessments at Wilson Community College, please contact Corlis McCoy, WorkKeys Administrator, to re-serve a testing slot for a WorkKeys’ Graphic Literacy, Workplace Documents, Workplace Observation and Applied Math testing session. Mrs. McCoy’s office is located in Building A, Suite A102h. She can be reached at 252-246-1341or via email at cmccoy@wilsoncc.edu from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday. Please see the accompanying letter from Mrs. McCoy outlining testing opportunities.


Qualifications for Firefighter

Applicants must have possession of any diploma or certification equivalent to graduation from high school. Applicants must possess a valid North Carolina Driver’s License (Class B within one year of employment); must possess current EMT Certification within one year or as classes are offered; must possess the NC Hazardous Materials Technician Level Certification with one year or as classes are offered; must possess the highest level of Firefighter Certification offered by the State of North Carolina at date of hire or upon completion of WF/RS Recruit Academy.

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


Training for Firefighter

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

J.R. Griffin II 
Fire/Rescue Training Coordinator

Wilson Technical Community College Fire & Rescue Cadet Academy is an (18) 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.