Sunday, April 14, 2024

Applications open for WFD 2025 Recruit Academy

Wilmington Fire Department’s Recruit Academy applications are open. (Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON — A six-month program that trains new people to become firefighters has applications open in New Hanover County.

The Wilmington Fire Department is accepting applications for the 2025 Recruit Academy (click here for more info). Recruitment ends April 18, 2024.

The recruit position is entry-level; it also comes benefits — group health and life insurance, North Carolina local government retirement, 401K, paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave, and tuition reimbursement. 

According to Fire Chief Steve Mason: “[E]ach class brings new talents, perspectives, and experiences that will make our department stronger. Becoming a member of the WFD family is not easy. Wearing our uniform is an honor and a privilege. Those who have what it takes to earn it, will be rewarded with the best job in the world.”

Candidates who wish to apply should be at least 18 years old, have a strong work ethic, be responsible and determined, and have an appreciation for teamwork. No previous firefighting experience is required to apply.

Chosen applicants will enroll in a six-month Recruit Academy, also paid, set to begin in August this year. Upon completion, recruits are transferred to shift and work 24-hours on a rotating schedule.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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