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The Fire Department schedules training academies for recruits as needed. For details, see the firefighter listing on the Job Opportunities page.

Applications for employment as a firefighter are accepted only during open recruitment periods. The Human Resources department maintains an updated list of job openings. If you wish to be considered for this position with the Town of Cary, please fill out an electronic job interest card online and you will receive an email notifying you when firefighter recruitment begins. You may apply online at that time.

You may contact the Human Resources Department at (919) 469-4070 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. The Human Resources Department is located at Cary Town Hall, 316 N. Academy St.


  • High School graduate or equivalent
  • At least 18 years of age by date of hire
  • Valid driver's license with good driving record ("active" status)

Persons highly motivated to work in the firefighting field are a plus!


The academy will last for approximately 27-30 weeks and is for any eligible candidate. The academy will run on an 8 a.m.-5 p.m. schedule. At the end of the recruit academy all successful recruits will possess the following certifications: EMT-Basic, NC Firefighter, Technical Rescuer and Hazmat Operations.

Physical Agility Test

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be required to take and pass a physical agility test (P.A.T.); an optional practice P.A.T. will be scheduled for interested persons. You must have medical clearance by a doctor to participate in both the practice and actual P.A.T. If eligible to continue in the process and participate in the optional practice P.A.T. or actual test, you will be emailed the required medical release forms along with the location.

If eligible to take the P.A.T. you will also be required to bring a certified copy of your motor vehicle driving record for the past five years to the P.A.T. It is strongly recommended that you begin to obtain your DMV record early because this process can sometimes be lengthy (there is a charge from the DMV for this service).

Drug Test /Background Check

A drug test and background check (which may include criminal check, education verification and credit history review) will be required prior to employment.

For more information regarding the recruitment process, please contact Training Captain John Boswell at (919) 469-4375 or email