Fire Department Hiring Process

The City of Durham Fire Department is a great place to work!

Learn more about our hiring process and how to become a member of our team. Find the step by step process in the table below, including links (in red) to provide details for each step.

2020 Hiring Updates - Applications Accepted March 1-31

While practice sessions begin in February, we will ONLY accept applications from March 1-31, 2020 at DurhamNC.gov.  

Currently, we have 19 openings, but we expect more. We are seeking applicants in each of the three categories below:  

Tips for Success

  • Practice Sessions: We highly recommend that you consider attending any of our practice sessions. Practice sessions do not require advanced scheduling, but YOU MUST ARRIVE ON TIME for every scheduled phase in our process.  
  • Location: You will enter through the front door at Fire Administration located at 2008 East Club Blvd. in Durham, for all phases of our process.  
  • Attire: On your testing date and for our practice sessions, we suggest that you wear exercise clothing; some applicants find gloves and knee pads helpful.  
  • Preparation: You must be willing to study diligently to graduate our academy. We want you to be prepared. 
  • Test Date: On your test date, the only form that you should bring is a COPY of your valid driver’s license(not your actual driver’s license).. This copy will not be returned. If you do not bring a PAPER copy of your driver’s license, we will not allow you to test. To take a practice test similar to the test you will take on your selected test date, visit http://www.fpsi.com/fire-candidate-orientation-guides/ and click on and select "CEB Candidate Orientation Guide."  Note that the red links in our timeline below entitled "Written Test Taking Tips" also have excellent FREE links that may assist you in preparing for our tests.  Your written test score is EXTREMELY important in this process.
  • Documents needed:  For information on documents you will need if selected for an interview, please visit document requirements.

Got questions?  Email Susan.Mangum@DurhamNC.gov 

Hiring Timeline (updated 4/3/2020) Click on Task Links in Red Below for Details

Date: Time: Task: 
2/192:30 - 5:30 pmHiring Information & Practice Agility Session (optional) 
2/196:00 - 7:00 pmWritten Test Taking Tips (optional)
2/211:00 - 4:00 pmHiring Information & Practice Agility Session (optional)
2/214:00 - 5:00 pmWritten Test Taking Tips (optional)
2/215:00 - 8:00 pmHiring Information & Practice Agility Session (optional)
2/229:00 am - NoonHiring Information & Practice Agility Session (optional)
2/221:00 - 2:00 pmWritten Test Taking Tips (optional)
3/1
Application Process Opens at DurhamNC.gov
TBD 1:00 - 4:00 pmHiring Information & Practice Agility Session (optional)
TBD4:00 - 5:00 pmWritten Test Taking Tips (optional)
TBD4:00 - 5:00 pmWritten Test Taking Tips (optional)
TBD5:00 - 8:00 pmHiring Information & Practice Agility Session (optional)
3/31 12:00 amApplication Process Closes at midnight at DurhamNC.gov
TBD12:00 amApplicants log in at DurhamNC.gov to self-schedule agility and written testing by midnight on 04/07
TBD
8:00 amAgility & Written Testing for applicants who have self-scheduled
TBD

Applicants chosen for interview are contacted via email and advised to self-schedule interviews

Steps Below Are Only For Applicants Who Are Chosen To Interview

Date: Time: Task: 
TBD

Applicants log in at DurhamNC.gov to self-schedule interviews
TBD

Interview Prep Session for applicants selected to interview (optional)
TBD

Interview Prep Session for applicants selected to interview (optional)
TBD

Interview self-scheduler closes
TBD

Interviews are conducted
TBD

Reference checks performed by DFD
TBD

Number of hires and list of selected applicants finalized
TBD

Physicals, fittings
Tentative
7/20
8:30 amEmployee start date