What are the age restrictions for this job?
You must be at least 18 years of age to apply, and there is no maximum age.
Do you only hire men for this job?
No, we encourage men and women to apply. We are very interested in increasing the number of female and minority staff members.
Do I have to get "dressed up" for the interviews?
No, but many candidates appear more comfortable wearing business attire and business casual.
What are the automatic disqualifications when you check my criminal background?
There are a few absolutes. Either convictions or nole contendere pleads for the following felonies would make you an unlikely candidate:
• Felony with violence
• Felony with weapon
• Sexual assault
• Drug trafficking/sales
• Theft of narcotic/controlled substances
• Other act(s) that would prevent you from becoming certified as an EMT by the State of North Carolina.
Can I see the results of my testing?
You may view the results of your agility test and human performance lab. However, you cannot view the results of the written test, interview board, psychological test, or Chief's interview.
Do candidates with degrees or certifications get preferential consideration?
Not per se, but, academic achievements are a consideration.
How can I prepare for the physical ability assessment test?
Running is a good preparatory exercise, as aerobic activity is very important. Also, upper body preparation should include repetitious weight training. Once an applicant is eligible to take the physical abilities test, they will be offered the opportunity to practice the obstacle course we utilize for testing. Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the practice opportunities.
What if I am sick the day of testing?
There are no make up times for the various tests.
Is there a study guide available for the written test?
Yes, refer to job posting under Human Resources Department at the time we are taking applications.
What classes should I take to prepare myself?
There are no required classes, however, a foundation in math and reading comprehension will help you in taking the written test.
Do I need a degree to advance in rank?
At this time, a degree is required starting with the rank of Fire/Rescue Captain and higher.
I am already a certified Firefighter in another state or another NC city; Do I still have to go to the academy?
It depends on which class, title or rank you are applying for. A job posting for the rank of Fire/Rescue Trainee does not require any fire, rescue or EMS experience. However, a job posting for the rank of Fire/Rescue Officer I will require certain professional certifications and job experience.
Do you have volunteers?
No, all members of the Greenville Fire/Rescue department are career members.
Do I have to be a Paramedic?
You only have to be a paramedic to be promoted to the position of EMS Specialist or Lieutenant. Employees below those ranks must only maintain a Basic EMT certification.
Do I have to do both firefighting and Emergency Medical Services (EMS)?
Yes, all of our employees rotate through fire and EMS assignments. Every employee must become a basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certified by the State of North Carolina and Pitt County.