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    Question Relocation to North Carolina??

    Hey everyone. Career firefighter interested in possibly moving to North Carolina and a firefighter position. Looking in Greensboro, Fayetteville, Durham, Winston-Salem, and a few similiarly sized depts. Any information on hiring, salaries (top step), cost of living, housing costs, longevity and if they hire firefighters that are older ie. 30's etc. Just looking for info... 12 year vet with present department. Feel free to post or even email me at MFDLAD1@comast.net


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    Have you considered Charlotte Fire Department? It is the largest, busiest, and most advanced in the state. If you would like more information I'd be happy to help. Also, Durham FD is a decent department.. has TONS of fires, but that is also because most of Durham is lower income areas, rough areas. Let me know if you want more info.

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    Thanks. I do have a whole list of questions etc. Would you please email me and I'll be in touch??

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    e-mail.. sent

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    I sent you a response email and it came back as invalid??

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    Here's the web address for the Greensboro Fire Dept. I just came out of the academy a few months ago and we had a couple folks in their late 30's early 40's who came through as well. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    http://www.gfdnc.com

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    It depends where your moving from. I've looked at those departments also. I'm in Northern Virginia The Starting salary is alot better up here but so is the cost of living. Charlotte seems nice and if you can handle an hour drive look @ High Rock Lake. H.R.L. is an hour from Charr. 30 Min from Greens. an 15 from Winston-Salem. Good Luck!
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    It depends where your moving from. I've looked at those departments also. I'm in Northern Virginia The Starting salary is alot higher up here but so is the cost of living. Charlotte seems nice and if you can handle an hour drive look @ High Rock Lake. H.R.L. is an hour from Charr. 30 Min from Greens. an 15 from Winston-Salem. Good Luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveyBoy
    Here's the web address for the Greensboro Fire Dept. I just came out of the academy a few months ago and we had a couple folks in their late 30's early 40's who came through as well. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    http://www.gfdnc.com

    Hey DaveyBoy how was Greensboro's CPAT, written exam, and oral interview??????

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    My wife and I are looking at relocating closer to her family in NC too. I had applied to a couple departments and realized that it would cost a small fortune to fly back and forth during the long application process.

    Does anyone know of a department in NC with a shorter application process or one that accommodates the "out-of-staters?"

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    dishwasher which departments have you tried already?

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    Rocky Mount and Fayetteville.

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    Is it around that area where you have to be? You could probably try charlotte,greensboro that might be a bit of a drive for you though

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    Her family lives in fayetteville, but we'd settle for almost anywhere in NC or Virginia. We currently live in Wisconsin so you can see how it would cost an arm and a leg to go through a hiring process with a department.

    Does Charlotte or Greensboro have a short hiring process? Could a candidate complete a couple steps in 2-3 days?

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    yeah i bet flying that far would cost an arm and a leg here are links to both websites http://www.gfdnc.com/ <greensboro and here is charlotte http://charmeck.org/Departments/Fire...tment/Home.htm

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    Thank You.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salman1
    Hey everyone. Career firefighter interested in possibly moving to North Carolina and a firefighter position. Looking in Greensboro, Fayetteville, Durham, Winston-Salem, and a few similiarly sized depts. Any information on hiring, salaries (top step), cost of living, housing costs, longevity and if they hire firefighters that are older ie. 30's etc. Just looking for info... 12 year vet with present department. Feel free to post or even email me at MFDLAD1@comast.net

    hey e-mail me with all the info i need....dadeal2001@yahoo.com

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    Default charlotte

    hey i recently took the cpat for city of charlotte fire department ,which i passed. Im just a little curious if anyone has heard anything yet. i know they said a few weeks so im just wondering
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefighter2230
    Hey DaveyBoy how was Greensboro's CPAT, written exam, and oral interview??????
    Sorry it has taken me so long to reply to this.

    I've only ever been through the Gboro hiring process so I don't know if I can give you any real insight as compared to other departments.

    The CPAT was pretty standard from what I've read/heard about other departments. You put on a dummy-pack, carry hose roll up 5 flights, pull another hose roll to the top with a rope, down the stairs, hit the kaiser, pull a weighted tire 50 or 75 feet, then the dummy 100 ft. Once you go through the academy though it's a dream to run it in street clothes as opposed to full turn-out gear and SCBA.

    The written portion was a series of apptitude and psychological exams. Honestly the psych exams were the worst- like 400 questions. It was enough to send a man over the edge.

    I had two different oral interviews. One was in front of a mixture of five or six training officers/ Captains/Batt. Chiefs. It was pretty formal obviously but kept clear of questions pertaining to knowledge of actual firefighting. It was more just like a thorough job interview. The second one (that I got the job off of) was in front of a training officer and Assistant Chief. It was much more relaxed, much more like a conversation.

    I guess it goes without saying that it was the hardest hiring process for any job I've ever been through. I had no prior ff or military experience and it took a few years to get the call.

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    no problem on the late reply the info is very appreciated

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