Recruitment

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If you are interested in applying for a position with Mooresville Fire-Rescue (MFR), review the basic requirements listed below. Eligibility requirements for applicants seeking a firefighter position with MFR include:

Starting Annual Salary (with no experience/degree) - $36,683

Entry Level FirefighterExperienced Firefighter

  • Must be 18 years of age of older
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record
  • Successful completion of background check process
  • Have no illegal drug use within the last 12 months
  • Meet the medical requirements set forth in NFPA 1582


  • All entry level requirements plus:
  • North Carolina/IFSAC/ Pro board or equivalent Firefighter I and II Certification
  • North Carolina or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician certification with reciprocity In North Carolina


The following is a step-by-step overview  of the hiring process for all applicants applying with Mooresville Fire-Rescue.  Candidates can expect multiple visits over a 20-week process from CPAT to Conditional offer.

the Recruitment and hiring process

The following is a step-by-step overview  of the hiring process for all applicants applying with Mooresville Fire-Rescue.  Candidates can expect multiple visits over a 20-week process from CPAT to Conditional offer.

Benefits For Newly-Hired Fire

  • 401k Plan with Contributions Made by the Town (5% annual salary)
  • 10 - 20 Paid Vacation Days per Year (based on years of service)
  • 11 - 12 Paid Holidays per Year
  • 12 Paid Sick Leave Days per Year (accumulated indefinitely)
  • Previous Fire/Emt Service Experience/relevant degree recognized
  • Bilingual incentive
  • Fitness Center Within the Town
  • Free Medical/Dental/Vision Coverage for Employee
  • Local Government Retirement System
  • Local Relief Fund Supplemental Retirement Account
  • Paid Life Insurance Equal to Annual Salary/supplemental life available
  • Tuition Reimbursement (up to $4,000 per year)
  • Uniforms and Equipment Furnished by Mooresville Fire-Rescue

MOORESVILLE FIRE-RESCUE Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

All applicants who submit an application will be scheduled to complete a CPAT examination. MFR will conduct an orientation session, along with two optional practice sessions prior to the CPAT. Applicants are notified of their status (pass/fail) in this segment of the process before they leave the CPAT location. The CPAT guide (PDF) was designed to assist you with physically preparing for the test.

Written Exam

Upon successfully passing the CPAT, a candidate will be given the date, time, place, and type of written exam that MFR will administer.

PANEL Interview

As openings become available, candidates who have passed the written exam may be called for a panel interview with MFR and other Town staff. Applicants who successfully complete the panel interview become eligible for an Interview with the Chiefs.

Conditional offer of employment

As MFR has vacancies, candidates are scheduled for a conditional offer of employment.

Polygraph & Background Check: Once a conditional offer has been made, candidates will be scheduled for polygraph testing, administered by the Mooresville Police Department, and a background check. Polygraph results and background information will be reviewed by MFR Administration.

Drug Test Screening: Following a conditional offer of employment, a drug-screening test must be conducted and produce negative results.

Recruit training

Entry Level Recruit Training Academy, recruits receive, 24 weeks of initial training in five disciplines: Firefighting, Rescue, Hazardous Material, EMT and Emergency Vehicle Driving. The candidate must maintain passing grades per NFPA 1001, 2019 Edition Standard for Fighter Professional Qualifications on written/practical exams during the academy process. Failure to meet these minimum requirements may result in termination.

Experienced Level Recruit Training Academy, recruits receive, 6 weeks of refresher/advanced training in five disciplines: Firefighting, Rescue, Hazardous Material, EMT and Emergency Vehicle Driving. The candidate must maintain passing grades per NFPA 1001, 2019 Edition Standard for Fighter Professional Qualifications on random written/practical exams chosen during the academy process. Failure to meet these minimum requirements may result in termination.

After successfully completing Recruit Training, each recruit is assigned to a fire company (either Ladder Company or Engine Company) as a Firefighter.