Why Idaho Falls Fire Department?

From the city to the county, desert, ice-packed rivers, and backcountry terrain, our highly trained and diverse personnel tackle the worst of circumstances to protect the lives and property of our community and region. 

The Idaho Falls Fire Department is one of the largest combined fire and EMS departments in the state of Idaho. There are 130 full-time personnel working across six stations. All firefighters are cross trained as either EMTs or paramedics and hold additional credentials for specialty teams, such as swift water rescue, search and rescue, hazardous materials, and all-hazards incident management. 

We typically hold one to two recruit academies per year. We encourage you to sign up for job alerts and take measures to prepare for a career with IFFD. See the information below.

Watch this video for a glimpse into the department, city and region!

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How to Apply

IFFD will be sponsoring an in-person written exam at Tingey Auditorium at University Place, 1776 Science Center Drive on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Registration is 8:30 am with testing starting at 9:00 am.  Candidates can also attend other testing sites or contact Public Safety Testing about an in-home proctored test.  


Go to or click this link: Public Safety Testing - Idaho Falls Fire

  • Under For Candidates, click on Sign Up For Written Exam, then Firefighter
  • Select Idaho Falls Fire Department - Firefighter
  • Click Sign Up

It will guide you through the rest of the registration process.  Use an email account that you can be easily contacted through.  Please note that there is a charge for the exam.
The cut-off date for all written exams (remote or in-person) is February 17, 2024  at 0800 hours.
If you have questions about the written exam, please call Public Safety Testing at 1-866-HIRE911 (1-866-447-3911).
DO NOT apply through the City of Idaho Falls website.  Please follow the above instructions to apply for the written exam.
After the written exam, Public Safety Testing will supply the City of Idaho Falls with a list of the top candidates.  The highest scores from the testing period of 2/17/2023 to 2/17/2024 will be invited to the physical agility and the first-round interviews until there are 60 candidates.
Initial Interviews and Physical Agility Test:  March 4th -5th

The Physical Agility Test - This test is the Combat Challenge and must be completed in under 7 minutes to pass.  In addition, candidates are required to climb our ladder truck 75’ up and then down. 

Example Video: Combat Challenge
Final Interviews: To Be Determined

Minimum Qualifications

To be eligible, candidates must have the following: 

  1. At least 18 years of age by test date.
  2. High School Diploma or equivalent (copy of transcripts may be required).
  3. A valid Driver's License.
  4. Successful candidates must have EMT-B Certification (by the time a contingent offer of employment is made).
  5. Successful candidates must pass a medical examination (after a contingent offer of employment).
  6. Successful candidates must pass a background check (after a contingent offer of employment).

Work Environment

Functions of the position generally performed in a controlled environment, but subject to all seasonal and weather extremes. Emergency response travel expected in normal course of performing duties. Many functions of the work pose high degree of hazard uncertainty. Various levels of mental application required, i.e.; memory for details, emotional stability, discriminating thinking, creative problem solving. Works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. Continuous use of motor skills.