How difficult is it to pass the physical testing?

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. 

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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?