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​Interested in being part of Wake County EMS?  Here's how.

2018 Hiring Session 1 Paramedic
Online Applications Open late January early March
Online Applications Close April 13 April 13
Assessment Center date range for selected applicants* May May
Academy start date for selected candidates (first paid day) Jul 12, 2018 Jul 12, 2018
2018 Hiring Session 2 Paramedic EMT **
Online Applications Open late May/early Jun No
Online Applications Close August 3 EMT/EMT-I Hires
Assessment Center date range for selected applicants* late Aug this session
Academy start date for selected candidates (first paid day) Nov 1, 2018
2018 Hiring Session 3 Paramedic EMT **
Online Applications Open September Unknown if 
Online Applications Close December EMT/EMT-I Hires
Assessment Center date range for selected applicants* Jan 2019 this session
Academy start date for selected candidates (first paid day) Mar 2019
* Only 1 or 2 days are required. We will work with the selected applicants to schedule the dates.
** We don't typically know whether we'll be hiring EMTs until just prior to a given session. 

Here's a look at our hiring process.
  1. Online Application (If posted, EMT/EMT-I positions are listed as "EMS Technician")
  2. Physical Ability Test
  3. Assessment Center
    • Written Test
    • Oral Interview
    • Patient Care Simulation
  4. Academy

Our hiring process is typically run three times a year and begins with the open application period. Paramedic positions are posted on the Wake County Human Resources page. In some hiring sessions, we’ll also post EMS Technician positions, which are for EMTs, Intermediates or Advanced EMTs. There are far fewer EMS Tech positions than paramedic positions, so EMS Tech hiring is less frequent.

Selected applicants will be invited to a physical ability test (PAT). Physical ability tests are scheduled as 1-hour sessions in the morning or afternoon. Candidates have two opportunities to pass the test during that session.

Those who pass will continue to the assessment center. The PAT and assessment centers are scheduled on two consecutive days to make it easy for out-of-town travel.

Assessment centers contain three segments. Allow 3 hours total to complete all segments.

Segment 1:  Written test for your certification level

Segment 2:  Standard oral interview panel

Segment 3:  Patient care simulation using a high-fidelity human patient simulator

The written exam and simulation are graded based on national standard curricula.

Candidates are not required to know Wake County EMS System protocols to successfully complete these assessment stations.

The physical ability test, assessment center, and academy are held at:

Wake County Emergency Services Education Center
221 S. Rogers Lane, Suite 160
Raleigh, NC 27610

It is important to understand that the hiring process may take up to 3–6 months before those who are hired reach their first paid workday, which is Day 1 of the academy. The length of time it takes depends on when during the open application period you apply.

EMS Hiring Process Timeline

Open application periods generally begin about 6 months before Day 1 of the academy. Applications usually remain open about 10 weeks, but the length of the period may vary.

Questions? Call us at 919-856-6020.



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Created at 9/24/2012 10:25 AM by Donald G. Garner, Jr.
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