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No, it is unlawful to conduct any open burning of trash or debris inside the city limits of Durham. Burning permits are NOT issued to City of Durham residents.
The City Solid Waste Management Department does offer curbside collection of yard waste. The Solid Waste Department can be contacted at 919-560-4186 for information on this service.
Yes. Details can be found at Recreational Burning. As a reminder, these regulations pertain to burning within the City limits. Durham County has specific regulations.
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Firefighters are certified emergency medical technicians and they respond to a variety of medical emergencies within the City. Firefighters supplement services provided by ambulances by arriving quickly and providing additional skilled manpower. The fire trucks carry medical supplies and equipment to stabilize and/or resuscitate patients. As always, call 911 if you have an emergency.
The Fire Department requires firefighters to undergo mandatory annual fitness testing. They are strongly encouraged to take one hour per day for strength training and cardiovascular fitness to maintain their health and to meet the requirements of their annual fitness test.
Firefighters work a 24 hour shift for five days on a rotating schedule. During their off time, some firefighters have opted to purchase their own gym memberships to have access to equipment and facilities in their assigned service area.
Firefighters work a 24 hour shift. Fire stations are equipped with full kitchens to allow firefighters to prepare meals for themselves during their shift. As required by policy, the crew is permitted to shop at a grocery store in their assigned service area to purchase food items for meals. Firefighters buy their own food items, as the fire department does not supplement food purchases.
We are a paid fire department and do not have volunteer firefighters. The departments below are volunteer fire departments in our area:
Bahama Fire Department
Lebanon Fire Department
Redwood Volunteer Fire Department
The crew is out of the station. They may be on a call for emergency service, attending a training session, or participating in a community event. If you do not get an answer, please leave a message.
If your fire alarm is chirping, it may be time to change your battery. Smoke alarm batteries should be changed twice a year and should be checked monthly. Please call 919-560-4242 and request extension 19223, 19241, or 19242 for more information.
The Fire Department will not leave a hydrant running, and if the hydrant is in use by the Fire Department, a department member should be nearby. Other city departments, such as Public Works or Water Management, may leave hydrants running for extended periods of time for a variety of reasons. If you see a hydrant running and there is no sign or labeled piece of equipment indicating that a City agency is at work, call Durham One Call at 919-560-1200 to make a report.
The City of Durham Water Department performs all maintenance on City fire hydrants. Call Durham One Call at 919-560-4185 to be connected to a Water Department supervisor that can schedule your request.
We normally accept applications for entry level applicants annually in April. Certified/Lateral applicant hiring processes may occur any time a need arises. Please visit our Become a Durham Firefighter page.
Requests for property condition assessments should be requested using the following link: Fire Report
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