Hiring Process


Our hiring process runs from January 1st until January 31st each year.

In order for your application to be complete the following criteria must be met by the applicant:cpat2

-Must be 18 years of age with a High School Diploma or Accredited GED at the time of being hired.

-Applicant must have a valid appropriate drivers license.

-Applicants must complete three different exams as part of the National Career Readiness Certificate. The three exams are: Workplace Documents, Graphic Literacy, and Applied Math. You must score a minimum of a Silver Level. For more information on the National Career Readiness Certificate click here, or contact the following personnel from Gaston College:

Kimberly Lancaster
704 922 6347

After your application criteria is met and your application is processed, you will be scheduled a time for our Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). Look below for information on the CPAT test.

-Have a tattoo? Click here to read our tattoo policy BEFORE applying.

Applicants with questions concerning out-of-state certifications please read the following:

The State of North Carolina accepts the following International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Certifications:  Firefighter, Instructor, Haz Mat, Driver Ops, Emergency Vehicle Driver, Fire Officer, Technical Rescuer, Fire Life Safety Educator, Marine Shipboard Firefighter, and Airport Firefighter.

 The State of North Carolina also accepts the following National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) Certifications:  Firefighter, Instructor, Fire Life Safety Educator and Fire Officer.

If you have any question, please contact the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal by clicking here.

Any applicant with an Emergency Medical Certification (EMT), would need to apply for their North Carolina EMT Certification through the North Carolina Office of EMS. That can be done by clicking here.

Please click here for the online application.

For questions about the process, call Assistant Chief Brad Best at 704 866 6810.


For questions about applications, contact City of Gastonia Human Resources at:

181 S South Street

Gastonia, North Carolina

(704) 854-6622 

Click here for the official CPAT manual.

Click here for the CPAT orientation video.

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Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.



  181 S. South Street
Gastonia NC 28052