Training, Safety and Recruitment/Department Development
Training in the Department
The Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue is steeped in traditions and honors. When a person from the fire service from near and far hears a person if from the KDFR Family, they automatically think of highly trained, highly professional, and well knowledgeable personnel. We here at the Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue pride ourselves on staying current with the latest technology and firefighting techniques to provide state of the art fire protection to our citizens, businesses, guests, and visitors throughout our city.
Safety in the Department
Recruitment in the Department
To become a Firefighter for the Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue, one must have the following qualifications in order to apply:
- You must be at least 19 years old to be a Firefighter for the Kinston Department of Fire & Rescue.
- High School Diploma, High School Equivalency, or have your GED
- Valid North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle Operators License (NCOL) with the ability to obtain a Class B NCOL within the first year of employment.
- A FULLY completed on-line application filed with the City of Kinston Human Resources (Click on Web Address below to access an application, create an account and sign in)
- Ability to complete and Pass the Fitness Entry Aptitude Test (FEAT)
- Pass the Interview Process of the Administration of the Kinston Department of Fire & Rescue
- A Good Clear Background Check from your most recent County/City of Residence (excluding minor motor vehicle infractions)
(NOTE: Some applicants may qualify, depending on the need and demand, to be sent to a North Carolina Certified Fire Academy as a condition of Employment)
- The Old North Carolina State Firefighter Level I, or Level I and II, or the new standard (January 2015) North Carolina State Firefighters Certification
- Hazardous Materials Operations Level I
- North Carolina Medical Responder Certification within the first year of employment (North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician B Preferred)
How this station is negotiated:
The Fire Candidate will put on a fitting ladder belt and climb up to the platform of the aerial wearing a helmet and work gloves. The time for the Fire Candidate will start when the Candidate grabs onto the ladder to start the ascent. The Fire Candidate will ascend to the top of the aerial ladder, clip in at the TOP RUNG of the ladder, lean back, throwing both arms out parallel to the deck then back in, un-clip and descend. The Proctor will monitor the entire process. The Fire Candidate can not touch the rails of the ladder for use in climbing, nor use the cables within the ladder. If the Candidate touches them for use in climbing the ladder the Fire Candidate fails the station. If the Fire Candidate stops for more than three seconds during the ascent or descent on the ladder, the Proctor will warn the Candidate and will add five seconds to the time of the Candidate's Climb Time. The Candidate can only stop two times during the entire climb. If there is a third stop of more than three seconds the Candidate will fail the station. Remember the Candidate must pass the Aerial Climb on the Mandatory Meeting Day in order to participate in the FEAT the next day.
1.Fire Hydrant Connection and Water Supply Mitigation
Theory Behind the 2 1/2 inch Dry Hose Deployment and Maneuvering:
The 2 1/2 inch Dry Hose Deployment and Maneuvering is designed to test the Fire Candidate's strength by placing stresses on the Candidate as they deploy hoses and maneuver them into position during an incident.
How this station is Negotiated:
The Fire Candidate approaches the nozzle continuing to wear the fifty pound weighted vest. The Candidate places the nozzle and hose over their shoulder and grabs up to the blue line marked on the hose. The Candidate then runs to the corner drill, into the corridor, ninety degrees left and to the hose pulling box. The Candidate takes a knee within the box and pulls the hose to the marked coupling passes the line. At least one of the Candidate's knees must be touching the deck at all times. If the Candidate's knee comes off of the deck, the Proctor warns the Candidate. This can only happen once within the evolution. If the Candidate's knee comes off of the deck a second time the Candidate fails this station. If the Candidate is anywhere out of the box area the Proctor warns the Candidate. This can only happen once within the evolution. If the Proctor has to warn the Candidate a second time the Candidate fails this station. The Proctor will yell out CLEAR once the Candidate has reached the marked coupling passing the line. The Candidate will go to the next station.
Theory Behind the Tool/Equipment Transport/Handling:
The Tool/Equipment Transport/Handling is designed to test the Fire Candidate's dexterity and ability to follow directions by taking them off of the truck and transporting them into position during an incident.
How this station is Negotiated:
The Fire Candidate approaches the simulated Fire Apparatus continuing to wear the fifty pound weighted vest. The Candidate grabs the first chainsaw by the handle and the protective stabilizer handle above the machine and lowers it from the simulated Fire Apparatus to the deck at the Candidate's feet and repeats the steps again for the second chainsaw on the opposite side. The Candidate then picks both chainsaws up, turns to the course and walks the saws around the fifty foot marker cone back to the simulated Fire Apparatus. The Candidate reverses the steps by placing both chainsaws on the deck. Then picking up the first chainsaw by using the handle and protective stabilizer handle across the top of the machine, and place the chainsaw back onto the simulated Fire Apparatus. Picking up the second chainsaw and the same way and placing the chainsaw back onto the simulated Fire Apparatus. If the Candidate at anytime grabs either of the chainsaws by the chainsaw bar the Candidate fails this station. If the Candidate does not place the chainsaws on the deck taking down the chainsaws from the simulated Fire Apparatus or does not place both of the chainsaws on the deck prior to returning the chainsaws to the simulated Fire Apparatus, the Candidate fails this station. The Proctor will yell out CLEAR once the Candidate has placed the second chainsaw back onto the simulated Fire Apparatus. The Candidate will go to the next station.
Theory Behind the Forcible Entry/Ventilation Drill:
The Forcible Entry/Ventilation Drill is designed to place the same stresses on the Candidate as if climbing on a pitched roof and cutting a vertical ventilation hole in an incident. It also simulates forcing entry into doors/windows by the motions of swinging the eight pound sledgehammer multiple times to gain access into a building during an incident.
How this station is Negotiated:
The Fire Candidate approaches the simulated roof continuing to wear the fifty pound weighted vest. The Candidate grabs the sledge hammer as they ascend onto the simulated roof, and swings the sledgehammer twenty-five times over the Candidate's shoulder and striking the strike-plate provided at the top-ridge of the simulator. If the Candidate does not go over the shoulder on the up swing the Proctor warns the Candidate and the Proctor does not count the strike on the strike-plate. If the Candidate has to be warned three times that the sledgehammer did not pass the shoulder the Candidate fails this station. The Proctor will count out loud and will yell out CLEAR once the Candidate has reached their twenty-fifth strike on the strike-plate. The Candidate will go to the next station.
6. Rescue Drag
8. Overhead Pike-pole Overhaul Press
Development in the Department
Interest in the Program
If you or a person you know are interested in participating in the Ride-Along Program click on the Interested box/tab below and
Or if you are requesting a specific service you wish to have provided to you such as needing a State Certification Training that may be offered through the Lenoir Community College that is being taught at the Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue, click on the Interested box/tab below and follow the instructions to register through Lenoir Community College.
Fill out the Continuing Education Registration Form completely.
In the Course Information Box click on Show Courses for this Campus. Select Lenoir
Click on Course Category. Select Fire and Rescue, then Select the Required Course provided.
NOTE: Fill out the EMS/Fire/Law Enforcement Affiliation Box only if you are with a Volunteer Department or Organization. If you are not affiliated with a Department or Organization Fees for the Class will be required.