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Firefighter Qualifications

Firefighter Qualifications

  • High School graduate or equivalent
  • At least 18 years old
  • Hold valid driver’s license with good driving record
  • NC Firefighter Certification (Firefighter II)
  • NC Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B) Must obtain within 1 year of hire date
  • NC Hazardous Materials Level I Responder
  • Highly motivated with interest in the Firefighting Field
  • College education/firefighting experience a plus
  • Must reside within 1 hour drive time to fire station
  • Selected applicants for firefighting positions are required to pass a detailed medical evaluation and a drug screening. A thorough background investigation prior to employment will be conducted.


In addition to the benefits offered by the City of Henderson, Firefighters are also offered the following benefits.

  • Minimum Starting Salary: $36,380 (2.5% increase after 6 months)
  • On-Duty Training Provided
  • Federal Death Benefit
  • State Death Benefit
  • N.C. State Firemen’s Association
  • Firemen’s Pension Fund
  • Uniforms Are Furnished