Committing Our Lives to Saving Yours
The City of Durham is home to more than 250,000 residents. To protect and serve these individuals and the thousands of visitors that the City hosts daily, the Durham Fire Department employs 318 personnel; approximately 90% serving in field operations.
In addition to fighting fires, Durham firefighters:
- provide emergency medical assistance
- inspect buildings for fire hazards and ensure that buildings are up to the NC Fire Code
- invest hours in territorial studies - learning the best routes throughout the district
- regularly inspect and maintain the city’s fire hydrants
- keep our stations clean and our apparatus ready to respond
- continuously train - over 200 hours each year in drills, classes and independent study
The Durham Fire Department strives to be a regional leader in the fire service.
The Durham Fire Department endeavors to prevent or minimize the harmful effects of fires, medical emergencies, and other types of dangerous events.
- Fire Prevention - fire code enforcement, public education, community service, and fire investigation.
- Emergency Response - fire suppression, emergency medical incident stabilization, occurrences of hazardous materials release, and technical rescue incidents including swift-water rescue.
- Technical Rescue Team – rescues persons entrapped and/or injured beyond the scope of fire or emergency medical-specific operations.
- Hazardous Materials Team - responds to the release of known and unknown materials into the environment.