Becoming a Durham Firefighter

Firefighters after a fire
We're Hiring!

We will accept applications from August 29, 2016 through September 23, 2016. Please review very detailed information as well as forms to be completed on our Hiring Process page.


Eligibility Requirements  


  • Must be a permanent U.S. resident
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • No DWI convictions in the last four years
  • No felony convictions - Note: speeding tickets and misdemeanors are not disqualifiers
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to speak and write in English

Salary


  • Bilingual incentive: $1,000 annual bonus paid to those fluent in Spanish or sign language (contingent on passing a fluency exam)
  • Education incentive: 2.5% increase for an Associate's Degree or 5% increase for a Bachelor's Degree
  • Recruits are paid throughout the Fire Academy
  • Staring Salary: $33,000

Salary by Rank

Rank
Salary
Firefighter
$33,000 - $53,228
Fire Driver
$39,217 - $60,174
Fire Captain / Assistant Fire Marshal
$48,112 - $74,293
Battalion Chief / Deputy Fire Marshal
$57,399 - $83,956
Assistant Fire Chief / Fire Marshal
$64,549 - $111,778

Benefits


  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • 401 K - 5% Employer Contribution / Optional 457 with 5% Matching Contribution
  • Local Government Retirement Pension
  • Paid Training
  • Specialty Insurance Options (e.g., short term disability)

Schedule


Our firefighters work an average of ten 24 hour shifts per month.  Shifts run from 7 a.m. until 7 a.m. the following day.  Firefighters are assigned to either A, B, or C Shift.  See the 2016 DFD Shift Schedule (PDF).