Firefighter Trainee Salary during the 30-week academy (40 Hour Week)No Degree -$37,590.00Associates Degree -$39,469.50Bachelor's Degree-$41,349.00Certified Firefighter Salary (56 Hour Week)No Degree - $39,469.50Associates Degree -$41,442.98Bachelor's Degree-$43,416.45
401a Contribution (employee match not required)
Bus Pass Program
Employee Assistance Program
Employee Suggestion Program
Family and Medical Leave
Flexible Spending Accounts
Group Health Insurance
Group Dental Insurance
Jury Duty Leave
Life/Accidental Death Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance
Promotion from Within
Retirement/Pension Plan (State of NC)
Short-Term Disability Insurance
The City of Winston-Salem Fire department is actively seeking highly motivated individuals that are interested in the field of fire suppression and prevention. For the first 30 weeks of employment, individuals will be in a 30-week academy to complete the following:
Emergency Medical Technician training
Intense physical training at least 3 times a week.
And perform practical evolutions required by the Office of State Emergency Medical Services and Office of State Fire Marshal
For the academy, hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
FirefighterUnder the immediate supervision of a company officer, works to minimize the effects of natural and manmade disasters by delivering community risk reduction programs and by responding to fire, medical, and technical rescue emergencies.Examples of DutiesDuties & Responsibilities:
Activity participates in activities related to risk reduction programs and pre-incident analysis.
Respond to emergencies and work as part of team to bring various emergencies under control, including medical incidents, fires, hazardous materials incidents, and heavy/technical rescue situations.
Assist in maintaining facilities and grounds, fire apparatus, tools, and equipment.
Actively participate in training classes, drills, and continuing education.
Ensure operational readiness of tools, equipment, and apparatus.
Maintain physical fitness and mental toughness required to perform effectively as a firefighter.
Follow departmental and City policies.
Perform other duties, including some administrative, as directed.
Wear self-contained breathing apparatus and be comfortable with the resulting increased respiratory effort and decreased vision and range of motion.
Climb six or more flights of stairs while wearing or carrying 50 pounds of gear and tools/equipment.
Climb ladders and operate from heights of at least 100 feet.
Be comfortable operating in the dark and in confined spaces, in high or low temperatures, in inclement weather, and over uneven terrain.
Sit, stand, walk, run, crawl, jog, crouch, and kneel for short and long periods of time.
Hear and speak well enough to communicate via telephone, radio, and in person at distances up to 50 feet and over high background noise.
Stamina to meet physical and mental demands during an extended emergency.
Read and interpret various technical documents, manuals, and trade journals.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both in writing and speech.
Function as a team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
Amiably interact with members of the public, coworkers, and other emergency services agency members.
Work a rotating shift schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays.
Occasionally travel out of town or out of state for several days at a time.
Obtain and maintain a class "B" North Carolina Driver License
Pass a pre-employment and annual medical exam adhering to the standards contained in NFPA 1582: Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments and an annual physical fitness-for-duty test.
Typical QualificationsMinimum Qualifications:
High school diploma or GED equivalent
State-issued Class "C" driver license
Must be at least 18 years of age at the start of the recruit academy
Successfully complete all required pre-hire qualifications
Training and Certifications:Applicants who are successfully hired as a recruit firefighter/EMT must become a certified firefighter by the North Carolina Fire & Rescue Commission and as an emergency medical technician by the North Carolina Office of EMS. All training required to meet the necessary qualifications of a firefighter/EMT is provided by the Winston-Salem Fire Department and recruits receive salary and benefits during the approximate six-month training academy. One is not required to have any fire or emergency medical experience prior to submitting an application and no preference is given to applicants who do possess prior experience or are already certified. However, individuals who are certified at the time of hire may not have to complete the entire training program. An approximate six-week orientation and evaluation process will be conducted for those already certified and, if acceptable knowledge, skills, and abilities are demonstrated, these individuals may be exempted from the full training regimen. The State of North Carolina grants certification reciprocity for firefighter from both IFSAC and ProBoard states. For information on out-of-state EMT reciprocity, please visit https://www.ncems.org/Supplemental Information:
Lift, carry or move objects up to 75 lbs.
Ability to drive departmental vehicles.
Physically fit enough to carry fire equipment as needed, walk over rough terrain, climb hills, load and unload vehicles, and work outdoors for long periods of time in all types of weather conditions and to safely wear and work in a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) without medical or physical restrictions.
Ability to pass an annual NFPA 1582-compliant physical and an annual fitness-for-duty test.
Candidates will be subject to a general knowledge written exam. Upon receipt of application, more information about the written exam test will be provided.
Candidates that make a successful score on the written exam will be invited to participate in the Physical Ability Test (August 22 -26, 2022). Candidates will be notified by email a time and date.
Upon successful completion of the Physical Ability Test candidates will be notified by email a time and date for a formal interview (September 6-23, 2022).
The City of Winston-Salem's employment practices are guided by federal, state, and local rules and regulations guaranteeing employment opportunities to all persons without regard to and prohibiting discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, religion, political affiliation or beliefs, national origin or handicap, unless a bonafide occupational qualification exists.