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Why Salisbury's Fire Department?

EDUCATION PAY INCENTIVES


Receive a 2.5% salary increase with an associate's degree, and a 5% increase with a bachelor's degree.

HAZ-MAT CERTIFICATION


Salisbury firefighters receive a 2.5% salary increase with haz-mat certification.

TIME OFF


New firefighters earn 21 hours of annual leave and 12 hours of sick leave per month.

EQUIPMENT


Uniforms and duty gear are furnished by the Salisbury Fire Department.

A Career with SFD

APPLICATIONS

Candidates who complete the process successfully will be considered for the program. Space is limited. It is possible that not all candidates who successfully meet qualifications and fulfill the application process will be assigned to the program.

The Salisbury Fire Department takes applications three times a year: July, November and March.

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REQUIREMENTS

To Qualify:

  • Must be atleast 18 years old or be 18 years old prior to the start of volunteer service and residency.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Have a valid driver's license in the State of North Carolina.
  • Commitment to obtain and maintain certifications in various emergency service disciplines (EMT, Firefighter, Inspector, etc.)

To Apply:

Candidates will complete and satisfactorily pass the following to proceed in the application process.

  • Firefighter physical agility test (FEAT).
  • Oral interview.
  • Background check.
  • Physical exams (Firefighter Specific for SCBA, EMT, and other requirements).
  • Pre-Service Drug Screening.

Resident Volunteer Firefighter Program

Qualifications and Applying for the Program

Qualifications for applying to be a Resident Volunteer Firefighter with the Salisbury Fire Department are as follows.
  1. Must be 18 years old or be 18 years old prior to the start of volunteer service and residency.
  2. Have a high school diploma or GED.
  3. Have a valid driver’s license recognized in the State of North Carolina.
  4. Commitment to obtain (maintain) certifications in various emergency service disciplines.  (EMT, Firefighter, Inspector, etc.)

Applications will be reviewed by a Fire Department panel consisting of members of the Salisbury Fire Department and/or the City Human Resources Department.

Candidates will complete and satisfactorily pass the following to proceed in the application process:

  • Firefighter physical agility test (FEAT)
  • Oral interview
  • Background check
  • Physical exams (Firefighter Specific for SCBA, EMT, and other requirements)
  • Pre-Service Drug Screening

Candidates who complete the process successfully will be available for selection into the program. Space is limited. It is possible that not all candidates who successfully pass the above processes will be assigned to the program.

To apply for this program contact the Training Captain

Benefits to being a Resident Volunteer Firefighter

Firefighters selected to the program and who remain in good standing with the Salisbury Fire Department will receive the following benefits:

  • Free semi-private bunk room and utilities at a SFD facility, as assigned by the department.
  • Free access to high-speed internet connections and use of desk top computers.
  • Access to physical fitness equipment, kitchen, and bathroom/laundry facilities.
  • State Volunteer Firefighter benefits including Workers Compensation.
  • Adequate storage and locker space.
  • Life-long experiences in the emergency services.
  • Free annual physical.
  • Free firefighting and emergency medical training.
  • Issued work uniforms and personal protective equipment.
  • Contribute to the betterment of the community that you live in.
  • Job experience for future fire service, emergency service careers.

The Salisbury Fire Department Resident Volunteer Firefighter program is an opportunity to gain educational experience for its participants and to augment career fire department staffing.

The scope of the program is intended for volunteers to live in a Salisbury fire station free-of-charge while in turn they volunteer as a Firefighter or Medical Responder for the City of Salisbury. Resident Volunteers are assigned to various work units and companies to attend and experience activities and demonstrate services of a typical firefighter. 

The intent of the Resident Firefighter Program is to provide experienced-based training for students and inexperienced firefighters who desire to increase their skills and knowledge of firefighting techniques and fire service tasks. 

The Resident Volunteer Firefighter (RVF) is more than an observer (or ride-along). He/she will be expected to learn and participate in fire and emergency service delivery, public education and fire safety programming, fire code inspections, building and apparatus up-keep and other typical firefighter tasks.

The RVF is trained to state certification standards as a firefighter (NCF&RC), EMT (NCOEMS), Rescue Technician (NCF&RC), Fire Inspections (NCBCC) and other certifications commensurate with fire and rescue duties.

Typical RVF are students of local colleges. The SFD is strongly committed to the success of the student in his/her formal educational settings and will not conflict with scheduled classes and needed student activities time.  SFD assignments will not conflict with college class commitments; however we do require that the RVF provide adequate/ ample service to the department and community.

The participants of the Resident Volunteer Firefighter Program may be eligible for a stipend that is intended to help offset minor expenses associated with participation in the program.

Meet the Training Captain

photo of training captain Tyler Forrest

Training Captain

Tyler Forrest

(704) 638-4455 | tforr@salisburync.gov

The Salisbury Fire Department has built a strong reputation of providing excellent instruction and training to its members.

The Training Division is a critical element within the fire department. This division is responsible for the training, monitoring and certification of fire personnel. It is through proper training techniques that we strive to reduce injuries to our personnel and provide quality of service to our citizens.

The purpose of our Training Division is to provide a reliable, up-to-date source of educational and practical information to our fire personnel. This ensures that each individual and operational team of the Department is able to perform their duties safely, effectively, and efficiently.

The Division aims to equip all levels of firefighters with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to handle the rigors of their job and to stay safe. Federal and state mandated curriculum is included, but much more additional training is provided to share new techniques as well as keep the traditional skills fresh. Learning takes place through classroom lecture and practical drills.

Training Facilities

The Salisbury Fire Department Training Division operates in partnership with Rowan Cabarrus Community College. Facilities include classrooms, four story drill tower, drafting pit, LP burning pit, Flashover trailer, and weight-room facility.


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