Recruitment

FIREFIGHTER PRE-REQUISITES

  • Must be 18 years old
  • Must have high school diploma or GED or obtain GED within one year of recruitment
  • Must have valid N.C. driver’s license
  • Must live in or within 1½ miles of Valdese Town limits
  • Must have working telephone
  • Must pass criminal/driving background investigation
  • Must pass a pre-employment medical exam and drug test
  • Complete a physical agility test

PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST

  • Pull a charged 1 ¾” hose 100’
  • Lift and carry a 50’ section of 2 ½” hose with nozzle up and down two flights of stairs three times
  • Hoist one 50’ section of 1 ¾” hose with nozzle up a height equal to two flights of stairs two times
  • Climb the department’s ladder truck two times
  • Put on a piece of breathing apparatus with face-piece blacked out and negotiate a pre-determined obstacle course

PROBATIONARY PERIOD

All members will be placed on a probation period for 12 months.

REQUIREMENTS TO STAY AN ACTIVE MEMBER

  • Must obtain minimum 36 hours fire training per year
  • Take and pass a one-time 40-hour Hazardous Materials class and take refresher training annually. These hours count toward the above 36 required training hours.
  • Obtain Blood borne Pathogens/Infection Control training annually
  • Take self-contained breathing apparatus training annually
  • Pass annual medical exam
  • Abide by all fire department rules, regulations, and guidelines
  • Members are expected to actively participate in fire department functions such as meetings, training/drills, and emergency responses

FIRST RESPONDER PROGRAM

Upon completion of one year active duty, members have an opportunity to participate in the Valdese Fire Department Medical Responder Program.

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