Glad you asked - Check out the guidelines and examples for written testing here.
Also, be sure to watch the video from Fire Driver Andre Knight (now Fire Captain Andre Knight!).
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If you can't answer "Yes" to ALL of the questions below, Durham considers you a Fire Recruit:
Yes, you will be paid throughout the academy. Additionally, your textbooks are paid for by the department.
No, Fire Recruits begin at a salary of $40,682. After graduating the academy, they receive a pay increase.
List at least three PROFESSIONAL references rather than personal references. We want to know about your work characteristics. Also, verify the phone numbers you list and advise your references that they may receive a call from an unknown phone number.
Get your documents together NOW! We will require copies of the documents listed below if you receive an interview/offer. Some of these documents are time consuming to get and obtaining them can be stressful (ask everyone who applied during COVID). All of these are documents that adults should have readily available, so get them together NOW.
The only time an applicant would NOT attend the full academy is if the applicant was already an NC AEMT and we taught the fire portion of the academy first. In that situation, the employee would move into Operations immediately following the Fire portion of the academy.
Most days, our academy begins with physical training at 6 am. If you're not accustomed to exercising daily, you should start now.
Check out the academy schedule to get an idea of how long the academy lasts.
We take great pride in our level of instruction. If you are 100% committed to studying, we are 100% committed to preparing you for testing. Make no mistake, you will HAVE TO STUDY hard to pass classes and earn your EMT certification. You'll have to put other parts of your life on hold until you get through the class. We're not telling you this to scare you, but if you're not willing to commit, don't waste our time or yours.
Remember: We've already invested in you! Your success is our success.
In order to earn EMT certifications required for employment, you MUST participate in clinical rotations. The COVID vaccine is required for entry into clinical sites for EMS rotations.
Our Firefighters work an average of ten 24-hour shifts per month on A, B, or C Shift. Shifts run from 7 am until 7 am the following day. Firefighters work every other day for 10 days. After that 10-day cycle is complete, each firefighter is off for 6 consecutive days. Check out our shift calendar.
Our goal is to accept Entry Level applications annually in April. Our Entry Level Hiring Process will open on April 1, 2022.
First of all, if your EMT certification is from anywhere other than the state of North Carolina, you must be able to get reciprocity by completing a Reciprocity Application at NCOSFM.
If the fire portion of the academy is scheduled first, it is likely that you would go into Operations after the fire portion is completed, but this would be need to be discussed and scheduled with the Assistant Chief of Training.
If you did not attach the documents below to your employment application, please bring them on your interview date.
Our new employees must participate in clinical rotations as part of their EMS training. These vaccines are required for entry into all clinical sites for EMS rotations:
No; however, applicants must complete an academy before going into Operations. This academy is lengthy and we do not offer any living arrangements or temporary housing.
No, we do not offer temporary housing or relocation expenses for Firefighters.
You've seen the descriptions of our Physical Agility Test (PAT); however, if hired, you must also pass an in-depth physical. This physical is rigorous.
For some reason, since COVID, an increasing number of applicants are not passing our pre-employment physical. Being slender or simply being a weight lifter, does not ensure that you will definitely pass our physical. Your cardio health is an important measure of your physical capabilities.
Your cardio health is an important measure of your physical capabilities.
Your cardio health is an important measure of your physical capabilities. (Yes, we meant to list that three times.)
Please read the information at DurhamFD.org. After checking out our site, if you still have questions about our hiring process, please email [email protected].
We hope to see you in Durham!