Do you have any tips for applying?

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.  

  • Birth Certificate 
  • Social Security Card
  • Transcript from your highest level of completed education
  • DD-214 (if applicable)
  • Valid and Unexpired Driver's License (if you do not have this by July 1, you will be eliminated from the process)
  • Shot Records
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) 
    • Varicella (Chickenpox) If no vaccine administered, show medical proof of Chickenpox
    • Tdap (Tetanus) If more than 10 years ago, you will have to get another one
    • HBV (Hep-B)
    • Influenza - (Flu Shot) If more than 1 year ago, you will have to get another one
    • COVID - Full vaccine regimen with booster information (may not be required, but HIGHLY recommended)

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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. Does the City of Durham provide temporary housing or relocation expenses?
10. What are requirements for physical conditioning?
11. What would my schedule look like when I go into Operations?
12. How often does the DFD hire?
13. If I'm hired, what documents will I need before beginning employment?
14. What shot records will I need?
15. Are there any residency requirements for City of Durham Firefighters?
16. When are you hiring Certified/Lateral Firefighters?
17. Still got questions?