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].
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Yes, you will be paid throughout the entire academy. Additionally, your textbooks are paid for by the department.
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.
No, Fire Recruits begin at a salary of $40,682. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, after graduating the academy and completing a probationary period (normally one year), firefighters receive a pay increase.
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!).
Our physical agility testing can be pretty tough if you're not in shape. Be sure to check out our Agility Test video.
ADDITIONALLY, don't assume that just because you're slender or just because you lift weights, you're destined to pass our medical physical. Our physician will measure your cardiovascular fitness, BMI, METS, etc. We don't expect all of our applicants to be marathon runners and cross-fit instructors and we take into consideration that you will experience ample conditioning during the academy. Even with these factors, we also want to invest time and resources into those who are already taking an active role in their own fitness. Because passing our medical physical is a requirement for employment, we encourage applicants NOT to give notice to their current employers until they are aware that they have passed physical testing.
Most days, our academy begins with physical training at 6 AM. Keep in mind that tardiness is not tolerated and is grounds for dismissal.
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 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.
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.)
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. Applicants must apply at DurhamNC.gov.
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 with early start times. We do not offer any living arrangements or temporary housing.
At this time, we have NO plans to hire certified firefighters. We are opting to only hire entry level applicants in the foreseeable future.