Become a Durham Firefighter

To receive email notifications regarding future Entry Level and Lateral hiring processes, please complete a Firefighter Interest Card.  Please note: 

  • We will likely accept applications for Certified/Lateral Firefighters in early 2023; however, lateral processes may be conducted at any time to fill existing vacancies.

  • We anticipate accepting entry level applications during the month of April 2023.

Please review our FAQs if you are interested in applying with us. For questions not answered there, email us at [email protected]  We hope to see you in Durham!

Eligibility Requirements For Entry and Certified Applicants

  • Must be a permanent U.S. resident (green card holder)
  • Must be at least 18 years old (by July 1 of current year unless stated otherwise)
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent (by July 1 of current year unless stated otherwise ) 
  • No DWI convictions in the last four years
  • No felony convictions - Note: speeding tickets and misdemeanors are not disqualifiers
  • Valid unexpired driver’s license (does not have to be North Carolina)
  • Must be able to speak, write and test in English
  • Must be willing to obtain required vaccines to meet EMS requirements. In order to participate in EMT mandatory clinical site rotations, applicants must have received their first and second COVID vaccine doses if Pfizer or Moderna, or their first dose if Johnson & Johnson.  As soon as ample time has elapsed based on manufacturer recommendations, applicants may be required to receive a COVID booster. The COVID vaccine is now required for entry into all clinical sites for EMS rotations. These requirements may change at any time.

Compensation & Benefits

  • City of Durham benefits begin on the first day of the month after hire. We urge you to consider our career salary ranges and benefits when comparing salaries with other departments.
  • Personnel are paid biweekly. Starting salaries are non-negotiable.  
  • We offer annual increases for sworn personnel with satisfactory performance.
  • Education incentive: 2.5% increase for an Associate's Degree or 5% increase for a Bachelor's Degree or higher (after graduation for entry level fire recruits)
  • 401 K - 5% Employer Contribution / Optional 457 with 5% Matching Contribution 
  • Exceptional dental and health insurance with specialty insurance options
  • Recruits are paid throughout the Fire Academy. Tuition and books are fully funded by the Durham Fire Department.
  • Additional City of Durham Employee Benefits
  • Bilingual incentive: $1,000 annual bonus paid to those fluent in Spanish or sign language (contingent on passing a fluency exam and awarded AFTER academy graduation).

2022 Salary Ranges

Note: Salaries in this table do not reflect education or other incentives
Career Range
Entry Level Fire Recruit (Starting salary is non-negotiable)
$40,682 - $69,988
Certified/Lateral Firefighter (Starting salary is non-negotiable) $42,966 - $69,988
Fire Driver / Fire Inspector II
$52,739 - $81,815
Fire Captain / Assistant Fire Marshal
$66,348 - $108,074
Battalion Chief / Deputy Fire Marshal
$74,254 - $115,192
Division Chief $93,149 - $144,505
Assistant Fire Chief / Fire Marshal
$98,087 - $152,165

Durham Fire Schedules

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