Become a Durham Firefighter

Click here for our "Hiring Process" link.  It provides VERY important details regarding our upcoming application period.  Are you an A-EMT interested in a career change?  For our 2020 hiring process, we are seeking entry level firefighters, certified firefighters, and Advanced-EMTs who would like to become firefighters.  We hope to see you in Durham!

Compensation & Benefits
  • Starting Salary:  $34,388 for entry level fire recruits or $36,098 for certified firefighters and certified A-EMTs who would like to become firefighters.  These starting salaries are non-negotiable.  
  • We offer 5% annual increases for sworn personnel with satisfactory performance
  • Education incentive: 2.5% increase for an Associate's Degree or 5% increase for a Bachelor's Degree (after graduation for entry level fire recruits)
  • 401 K - 5% Employer Contribution / Optional 457 with 5% Matching Contribution 
  • Bilingual incentive: $1,000 annual bonus paid to those fluent in Spanish or sign language (contingent on passing a fluency exam and awarded AFTER academy graduation)
  • Exceptional dental and health insurance with specialty insurance options
  • Recruits are paid throughout the Fire Academy
Eligibility Requirements  

  • Must be a permanent U.S. resident
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • 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 Ranges

Complete Salary Range
    Note:  Salaries below do not include education or other incentives
Fire Recruit (Entry)
$34,388 - $58,800
Certified Firefighter or Certified A-EMT $36,098 - $58,800
Fire Driver / Fire Inspector II
$44,309 - $68,738
Fire Captain / Assistant Fire Marshal
$55,025 - $89,630
Battalion Chief / Deputy Fire Marshal
$65,221 - $101,179
Assistant Fire Chief / Fire Marshal
$72,938 - $118,808


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 DFD Shift Schedule (PDF).