Do you allow any exemptions for the COVID vaccine?

In order to earn EMT certifications required for employment, you MUST participate in clinical rotations.  The COVID vaccine is required for entry into the vast majority of clinical sites for EMS rotations. Please do not assume that an exemption for the COVID vaccine is easy to attain. Applicants requesting COVID exemption will go through an arduous process and may be responsible for scheduling their own clinical rotations. Applicants will likely be required to begin this process after passing all agility and written testing. 

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1. Are Fire Recruits paid during the Academy?
2. Do you have any tips for applying?
3. Is the starting salary negotiable?
4. What can I expect on the written test for Fire RECRUITS?
5. How difficult is it to pass the physical testing?
6. What time does the academy start each day?
7. How long does the academy last?
8. I'm really nervous about testing for EMT classes. Will I be able to pass?
9. Do you allow any exemptions for the COVID vaccine?
10. Does the City of Durham provide temporary housing or relocation expenses?
11. What are requirements for physical conditioning?
12. What would my schedule look like when I go into Operations?
13. How often does the DFD hire?
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. When are you hiring Certified/Lateral Firefighters?
18. Still got questions?