Employment Opportunities & Benefits

Current Openings:

Thank you for your interest in working with the Town of Lake Lure. The Lake Lure Fire Department Announces the following vacancy:

 Full-time and part-time Firefighter                                           


Lake Lure, with a permanent population of 1200, and a seasonal population of several thousand, is seeking qualified applicants for the positions of full time and part-time firefighters at the Lake Lure Municipal Fire Department. 

This is a 24 hour shift position and will require work on holidays, weekends and emergency callback.  Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • NC certified firefighter
  • Current NC Emergency Medical Technician
  •  Hazardous Materials Operations Level Certification
  •  Incident Command Level 700, 800, 100, and 200 Certification
  •  NC Wildland Fire Suppression
  • Valid NC Class B Driver’s License 

Candidates should have at least three years experience in a progressive fire department, rescue training and experience in medical response.  Candidates not already possessing these certifications will be required to obtain NC Technical Rescuer, Swift Water Rescue Technician and Ropes Technician within one year from date of hire.

Candidates must provide medical clearance from a physician, complete a physical agility course and a written firefighter exam. 

Successful candidates will work closely with three other contracted volunteer departments and must exhibit a professional attitude, good interpersonal skills and an ability to work in extreme conditions.

Although not the only guiding criteria, preference will be given to those applicants who live within 30 miles of Lake Lure town limits. The pay rate is commensurate with experience and the town’s pay classification plan.

Applications should be submitted no later than Tuesday, October 21, 2014 to:

 Human Resources Director and/or Lake Lure Fire Chief

 P.O. Box 255

 Lake Lure, NC 28746 

For more information, please contact the Lake Lure Fire Coordinator at 828-625-9333.


Overview of benefits for full-time employees:


The Town provides a mandatory defined benefit pension plan and a traditional 401K deferred savings plan, which is mandatory for law enforcement officers and optional for general employees.  The Town is also required by NC General Statutes to pay each officer, upon retirement, a separation allowance if the officer meets qualifying conditions set forth in the General Statutes.


The town participates in the Local Governmental Employees' Retirement System through the State of North Carolina.  Employees working a regular position averaging 1,000 or more work hours per year must be enrolled and contributing a percentage of their salary.  The Town makes a contribution as well for all general employees and law enforcement officers.


The plan is administered through Prudential Retirement.  The Town must contribute at least 5 percent of each law enforcement officer's compensation.  The Town makes a matching contribution of up to 5 percent for general employees including firefighters.

Separation Allowance:

The Town is required to pay each officer upon retirement a special separation allowance equal to 0.85 percent of the annual equivalent to the officer's last base rate of pay, multiplied by the officer's number of years of creditable service, if the officer meets certain qualifying conditions set forth in the General Statutes.

Worker's Compensation:

The town is required either to purchase third-party worker's compensation insurance or to self-fund a program to provide for medical coverage, rehabilitation expenses, and loss of income for employees who have suffered on the job injuries or illnesses.  By statute the worker's compensation benefit is 66.66 percent of the injured worker's average weekly wage.  The benefit is tax-free and therefore approximates and employee's take-home pay.

Unemployment Benefits:

The NC Employment Security Act requires NC local government employers to participate in its employer-financed program to provide partial-income replacement benefits to employees who have lost their jobs.  The Town, unlike private employers, are not subject to the payroll tax that funds unemployment benefits unless they choose to participate in the program on an experience-rated basis.  The Town participates on a so-called reimbursement basis under which pays the ESC for the amounts that the ESC has expended in providing unemployment benefits to former employees.
State Retiree Health:

The Town contributes 5 percent of employee salary amount into the state retirement system for retiree health coverage.  (Note: percentage can vary over time).