If you are interested in applying for a position with Mooresville Fire-Rescue (MFR), review the basic requirements listed below. Eligibility requirements for applicants seeking a firefighter position with MFR include:
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have a valid driver's license and a good driving record
  • Have no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving moral turpitude
  • Have no illegal drug use within the last 12 months
  • Meet the medical requirements set forth in NFPA 1582
The following is a step-by-step process for applying with Mooresville Fire-Rescue.


Employment applications are available online or applicants may visit the Human Resources Department in Mooresville Town Hall. The first phase of the hiring process requires the following items be submitted to the Human Resources Department as a complete packet:
  • Application (applications only accepted for posted positions)
  • Certificates
  • Other Supporting Documents (as needed)
  • Score Sheet of a Level Three in Workplace Observation
  • Silver Career Readiness Certificate

Benefits For Newly-Hired Fire

  • 401k Plan with Contributions Made by the Town (5% annual salary)
  • 10 - 20 Paid Vacation Days per Year (based on years of service)
  • 11 - 12 Paid Holidays per Year
  • 12 Paid Sick Leave Days per Year (accumulated indefinitely)
  • Education Incentives
  • Incentives for fire service experience
  • Fitness Center Within the Town
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Coverage for Employee (family coverage is available at an additional charge.)
  • Local Government Retirement System
  • Paid Life Insurance Equal to Annual Salary
  • Starting Annual Salary (with no experience/degree) - $32,620
  • Tuition Reimbursement (up to $3000 per year)
  • Uniforms and Equipment Furnished by Mooresville Fire-Rescue
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance

    Career Readiness Certificate

    MFR utilizes the WorkKeys process for the entrance examination. WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select and hire a high performance workforce. Employers across the country are requiring the WorkKeys assessments or recommending the Career Readiness Certificates for their applicants.

    WorkKeys Assessment Information - This is available at most community colleges across the United States. 
    A Silver Career Readiness Certificate and a score of LEVEL 3 on the Workplace Observation assessment must be submitted with your application for employment to advance to the next phase in the hiring process.

    Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)

    Applicants who submit the required information with the appropriate scores may be scheduled a date to complete a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) examination. The CPAT consists of eight critical physical tasks that simulate actual duties on the fireground. This test is physically demanding and requires you to be physically fit to be successful. The CPAT guide found HERE was designed to assist you with physically preparing for the test.

    Applicant Interview

    Applicants who successfully complete the CPAT may be scheduled for a panel interview consisting of representatives from the Town.

    Conditional Offer of Employment: As MFR has vacancies, candidates are scheduled for a conditional offer of employment.

    Polygraph: Provided by the Town.
    Drug Test Screening: Upon a conditional offer of employment, a drug-screening test must be conducted and provide negative results.

    Physical: A medical screening in accordance with NFPA 1001 must result in the department physician’s signature of compliance with applicable NFPA standards.

    Do not call to check on your status.

    Important Notice for Out of Town Applicants: Applicants will need to be in Mooresville several times to complete the employment process. While we make every effort to accommodate travel arrangements for applicants, MFR flexibility depends on time and scheduling constraints.


    A Recruit Training Class spans a period of 4 - 24 weeks during which recruits receive entry-level training and certifications. A Training Chief is assigned to each recruit class to be a Leader, Mentor and to assist with anything the recruits may need. Also, the Training Chief administers physical fitness training which is required during the duration of the recruit training process. After a thorough application process (usually three - four months) it is an accomplishment to be chosen for an appointment to the MFR’s Recruit Training Class.

    During the training, recruits receive initial training in five disciplines: Firefighting, Rescue, Hazardous Material, EMT and Drive Operator. After successfully completing Recruit Training, each recruit is assigned to a fire company (either Ladder Company or Engine Company) as a Firefighter. During this time, recruits put their training to the test as a firefighter under the direction of their Fire Captain. This is where recruits receive firefighting experience and gain valuable knowledge.