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Raleigh/Durham Area Fire Departments.

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  • Raleigh/Durham Area Fire Departments.

    Good morning everyone! I'm looking at making a move to the Raleigh/Durham area. I was wondering if anyone had any information about Raleigh or Durham FD, or any other dept. in the area. I've researched both, just wondering who sees the most fire on a regular basis,how the morale is, etc. Thanks!

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    Raleigh is good, durham city is good, Fayettville is good, durham county is good, chapel hill is good, cary pays even better..... there is also the smaller municipal departments, apex, holly springs, garner, carrboro, fuquay varina, knightdale, and the county departments has a list of most of the wake ones.

    are you already certified as a NC firefighter? or have IFSAC accredited firefighter credentials?
    If my basic HazMat training has taught me nothing else, it's that if you see a glowing green monkey running away from something, follow that monkey!



    • #3
      Raleigh is a good department and just raised their starting pay a good bit. Durham is rapidly growing and gentrifying but lags a bit when it comes to pay. Durham County FD no longer exists as it was absorbed by Durham City FD. I'd say that Durham sees more action and more fire, but it all depends what part of the city you would be assigned to. Durham has Squads that run 10 calls a day and Tankers that run 1 call a week. For EMS, Raleigh functions at the EMT level whereas Durham requires all new hires to be AEMTs, so your scope would be wider in Durham. Raleigh has a pretty cool special operations division, with one heavy rescue that covers the entire city and responds to all pin-ins and working fires. Durham is still working on their heavy rescue concept and is supposed to add their first staffed rescue company late this year or early next year.

      With regard to other area departments....generally the smaller departments around Raleigh (Cary, Holly Springs, Morrisville, etc) pay pretty well but don't see a whole lot of fire. Chapel Hill has the awesome college town vibe but once again not much in the way of fire. If you expand your radius a bit, Fayetteville, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem are also attractive choices as all three see a good bit of fire and other craziness.


      • #4
        Thanks for the replies! Yes, I have my fire certs Pro-Boarded. I see Durham does lateral hires, does Raleigh ever do the same or do they always just run the full recruit school? Are the benefits/pensions pretty comparable between the departments?


        • #5
          If your fire certs are proboard, than they might not be accepted. NC used to be an IFSAC state for fire, and proboard for hazmart, and never the two should cross. that might have changed in the past year or two, best to check and call someone at OSFM for the updated stuff.

          You will need to take written tests to get NC certs; the equivalency credit isn't good enough for most departments.

          Cary pays the best in the region. durham city probably sees the most fire (especially in the ghetto, which is the norm). durham will only take you as a lateral if you have 2 years of full time experience with a municipal department. durham does NOT require all new hires to be AEMTs; they will send you to EMT class if you aren't certified, and you will need to become AEMT within 2 years. Pay in general is about the same, but most will publicly list their exact starting pay.

          most cities will put you through an academy, or if you are lateral, a shortened academy. the smaller departments lets you skip redoing all your training.
          If my basic HazMat training has taught me nothing else, it's that if you see a glowing green monkey running away from something, follow that monkey!



          • #6
            Durham will be taking apps starting in October


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