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Raleigh Vs. Charlotte.. Durham or Greenville

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  • #16
    Coming to North Carolina for work

    Dave, what state are you coming from and what credentials are you bringing with you beside EMT and Associates Degree ? --W
    Wayne

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    • #17
      Getting Hired in NC..

      Hi, I work on the Recruitment Work-team for the Cary Fire Department which is right next to Raleigh Fire. The hiring process is about the same for all the municipalities in the general area. You have to do an agility test, written test, and then depending on the department you might have to do one or two interviews. Keep in mind that most of the pay scales are close to one another. Also this is a RIGHT TO WORK STATE so when you get in one fire department and try to switch to another, you have to start all over again as a fire fighter. I'm not going to say that one fire department is better than the other. They all have their pros and cons. As for running fire calls by far Charlotte and Raleigh run over Thirty- five thousand calls a year and they both have over twenty eight stations. Durham has sixteen stations and run up to or over twenty- five thousand calls themselves. Yes, the city is one of the oldest cities in NC., but they are a very close knit department. Yes, Raleigh has a new Fire Chief who has by far helped bring a lot of camaraderie to the department. Good luck, the process is very time comsuming, try to have patience when applying. Some people get hired the first time, and some are still trying. Also a two year degree is a good thing to have. Some departments require it for their promotional process for fire officers.

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      • #18
        jkjohnson, how many calls did Cary run last year?
        Real men wear kilts. www.forourfallen.org

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        • #19
          I work with a department in Wake County which is where Raleigh and Cary are located. Both of these departments are great to be at. Raleigh runs more working fires than Cary. The starting pay is a little bit more in Cary and you also have more chances at moving up in Raleigh at this time because of the number of stations and the number of people hired. Charlotte is probably the busiest and largest of the departments you asked about they have 38 or 39 stations. Durham is probably the next busiest but you run a lot of EMS calls. There are also a lot of fires in Durham. Just for your info there are some websites you can look at and get some helpful information. I'll post them at the bottom of this message. If your looking at working somewhere in NC, you also should look at places like Fayettville, Willmington, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Goldsboro. I am not sure exactly on how busy or what the other ones pay, but Fayettville is another busy department and I have a lot of friends that work with them. As far as being a paramedic and having your degree, yes it can help. Being a paramedic it might or might not help you get hired but it can help in the academy if you have to go through it. Your degree will be a plus at any department you apply at. If it helps you any, I know guys that have left Cary and Raleigh to work in Charlotte because they want to be where there is high call volume. Good luck what ever you decide to do.

          www.legeros.com (click on the fire department section this has information on both Raleigh and Cary)

          www.durhamfire.net (Durham fire departments unofficial website)

          www.charmeck.org (Get to Charlotte Fire Departments stuff by clicking on departments and then fire)

          www.firestation8.com (Charlotte Fire Engine 8 website)

          Those are all that I have got you can probably google the others and find some information on them.

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          • #20
            Alright guys I applied to Greensboro, Goldsboro, Gastonia, Roanoke Rapids, and I will send mine in to Raleigh on the 28th. Out of these departments, where is my best shot to get on at?

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            • #21
              Of the departments you listed, I believe that Raleigh will probably have the biggest class, but will probably also have the largest number of applicants. Greensboro will also have alot of applicants, but will probably have a smaller class. Without knowing too much about Gastonia or Roanoke Rapids, they probably require some sort of certifcation to get hired. Raleigh may be your best bet, but expect stiff competition for the job (including me). Good luck, central NC is a great place to be, and the growth that we're experiencing only guarantees that departments will be running more and more academies and they will be getting busier all the time. I would highly reccomend that you check out the legeros.com/fire site to learn about the depts in the area, especially Raleigh. Check out the blog to read comments from area ffs on a number of different issues, and the photo section will give you an idea of what is dealt with on a daily basis.

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              • #22
                rookienc.. sounds good. do you know about goldsboro? i have a test with them coming up

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                • #23
                  If you want to fight fire on the reg in North Carolina, your best bets are Charlotte, Fayetteville, and Durham.

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                  • #24
                    9 year-old thread? Wow. The OP could have gotten on a department and be retired by now!

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