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

2020 Hiring Session 1 Paramedic
Online Applications Open Sept. 18, 2019 Unknown if 
Online Applications Close Dec. 9, 2019 EMT/A-EMT Hires
Assessment Center date range for selected applicants* January 2020 this session
Academy start date for selected candidates (first paid day) March 2020
2020 Hiring Session 2 Paramedic EMT **
Online Applications Open Jan. 27, 2020 Open now
Online Applications Close April 9, 2020 April 9, 2020
Assessment Center date range for selected applicants* late April or early May late April or early May
Academy start date for selected candidates (first paid day) July 2020 July 2020
2020 Hiring Session 3 Paramedic EMT **
Online Applications Open mid-May 2020 early to mid July
Online Applications Close early August 2020 early August 2020
Assessment Center date range for selected applicants* Aug. or Sept. 2020 Aug. or Sept. 2020
Academy start date for selected candidates (first paid day) November 2020 November 2020
* 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.

You may apply for a position you have not yet received certification for as long as you state test for that certification at least one month prior to the start date of the academy.  We will publish academy start dates once confirmed.

Here's a look at our hiring process.
  1. Online Application (If posted, EMT/A-EMT positions are listed as "EMS Technician")
  2. Physical Ability Test
  3. Assessment Center
  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.