I have some certifications and I've got firefighting experience. Am I really an Entry Level Fire Recruit?

If you can't answer "Yes" to ALL of the questions below, Durham considers you a Fire Recruit:

  • Do you have a valid/unexpired NC Basic EMT certification or can you get reciprocity for your current EMT certification?
  • Do you have an IFSAC or Pro Board Firefighter II certification or can you get reciprocity for your current Firefighter II certification?
  • Do you have an IFSAC or Pro Board Hazmat Operations Level I certification or can you get reciprocity for your current Hazmat Operations certification?
  • Have you graduated from an approved Fire academy within the past two years OR have you worked as a government or municipality full-time, paid firefighter for the past two years without more than a 3 month lapse in employment? 

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1. I have some certifications and I've got firefighting experience. Am I really an Entry Level Fire Recruit?
2. Will I be paid when I'm in the Academy?
3. What can I expect on the written test for Fire RECRUITS?
4. Is the starting salary negotiable?
5. Do you have any tips for applying?
6. I already have some certifications. If I'm hired, will I have to attend the full academy?
7. What time does the academy start each day?
8. How long does the academy last?
9. I'm really nervous about testing for EMT classes. Will I be able to pass?
10. Do you allow any exemptions for the COVID vaccine?
11. What would my schedule look like when I go into Operations?
12. How often does the DFD hire?
13. I have some EMT certifications. Will I still go through an entire academy?
14. If I'm hired, what documents will I need before beginning employment?
15. What shot records will I need?
16. Are there any residency requirements for City of Durham Firefighters?
17. Does the City of Durham provide temporary housing or relocation expenses?
18. What are requirements for physical conditioning?
19. Still got questions?