Career in a Year

Fire trainees spray a hose on a burning storage tank

Launch your career in fire services and make a difference in our community.

  • Earn a full salary and benefits while you train to become a certified firefighter.
  • Attend the Wake County Fire Academy at no cost.
  • Move directly into an exciting career you can take pride in.


We want our teams to be as diverse as the communities we serve. As a Fire Tax District, we are committed to actively investing in strengthening our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging program to positively impact and drive change in an career field that has historically not been reflective of the diverse community in which we operate.

If you have the heart and desire to perform meaningful and important work that matters, Wake County and its contract agencies will help make it happen. Whether you have volunteer firefighter experience or are interested in starting a new career, this could be the jumpstart you’re looking for.

How Does it Work?

First, you’ll need to apply for a firefighter position at one of our six departments. No experience is necessary – just passion and desire to serve. See the websites below for information on the application process.

Information for Applicants

The application period runs from June 1 through July 15. The deadline to apply with the Town of Garner was June 10.

If your application is accepted, the next step in the process is to complete the Wake County Fire Agility Course. Wake County Fire Services staff will contact you with your assigned date and time. Use the link below to learn more about the course, view how-to videos and see practice dates.

Wake County Fire Agility Course

If you are hired by a department, you’ll become a full-time employee of that department and receive a salary and benefits. You will attend the 38-week Wake County Fire Training Academy at no cost.

During your time in the academy, you’ll receive hands on and classroom training and receive certifications in:

Firefighters training
  • Firefighter
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Incident Command System
  • Rapid Intervention
  • EMT Basic

Following graduation from the academy, you will receive a salary increase and continue your fire services career as a certified firefighter.

Learn More

Does this sound like a great opportunity for you? Join us at one of our upcoming expos and get your questions answered by experts. Talk one-on-one with our team and find out how we can help put you on the path to an exciting, rewarding career in just a year.

June 30
6–8 p.m.
Northern Regional Center
305 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest

Questions? Email Darrell Alford at darrell.alford@wakegov.com.