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 a driver's license 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)
    • COVID - Full vaccine regimen including booster information
    • Influenza - (Flu Shot) If more than 1 year ago, you will have to get another one 

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1. How do I know if I am considered "Certified/Lateral" in Durham?
2. If I hired, when will go into Operations?
3. What can I expect on the written test for Certified/Lateral firefighters?
4. Is the starting salary negotiable?
5. I 'm already an AEMT. How long would I have to attend the academy?
6. What about Reciprocity? Does my National Registry EMT certification meet Certified Firefighter requirements?
7. Do you allow any exemptions for the COVID vaccine?
8. What would my schedule look like when I go into Operations?
9. How often does the DFD hire Laterals?
10. Do you have any tips for applying?
11. Are there any residency requirements for City of Durham Firefighters?
12. Do you have any tips for applying?
13. How long does the Certified mini-academy last?
14. What time does the academy start each day?
15. What shot records will I need?
16. Does the City of Durham provide temporary housing or relocation expenses?
17. What are requirements for physical conditioning?
18. Still got questions?