Becoming a Durham Firefighter

Applying with Us?  Click the "Hiring Process" Link to the Left for Instructions.

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

Compensation & Benefits

  • Starting Salary:  $34,388 for entry level fire recruits - $36,098 for certified firefighters  5% annual increases for sworn personnel with satisfactory performance
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Exceptional dental and health insurance with specialty insurance options
  • Recruits are paid throughout the Fire Academy

 Salary Ranges

Fire Recruit (Entry) / Firefighter (Certified)
$34,388 Entry or $36,098 Certified - $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).