Firefighter Position

Idaho Falls Fire Department - Firefighter



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Idaho Falls Fire Department - Firefighter

Last updated on March 18, 2024
PST Partner Agency since September 29, 2017

Vacancies: 6

Important Information

The cut-off date for all written exams (remote or in-person) is on or before February 17, 2024.

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).

The City of Idaho Falls offers a highly competitive benefits package including membership in the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho, vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. For further information regarding City of Idaho Falls benefits, visit the Benefits section of our web page @

Community Information

Idaho Falls is the largest city and central hub for business in Eastern Idaho. Within and around Idaho Falls, you will find 300,000 hardworking people, three institutions of higher education, major hospitals, regional airports, the Idaho National Laboratory, dozens of national retail outlets and restaurants, as well as many unique locally-owned shops and eateries. Our area offers abundant recreational and cultural opportunities. In short, Idaho Falls has something for everyone.

Recreation is plentiful. Idaho Falls boasts three incredible golf courses—including Pinecrest Golf Course—recognized by Life Magazine as one of the best public courses west of the Mississippi. The Idaho Falls Zoo —largest zoo in the state—is home to over 400 animals. Finally, our 30-plus parks are ideal for family gatherings and events.

The crown jewel of our City is the River Walk – a parkway along the Snake River that offers more than seven miles of bike- and pedestrian-friendly pathways and ample exhibit and performance space. A number of community events are held along the River Walk throughout the year. The highlight for many is Melaleuca’s Independence Day Freedom Celebration, which boasts the largest fireworks display west of the Mississippi.

Downtown features three wonderful museums: The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, the ARTitorium on Broadway and the Museum of Idaho, which was designated an “Official NASA Observation Site” for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017.

Idaho Falls is rich in community and civic spirit as evidenced by numerous community groups including Rotary, Civitans, Kiwanis, the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Development Corporation, Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency, and many others.

Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the nation’s lead nuclear energy research and development laboratory, is the City’s largest employer – and the second-largest employer in the state. The INL is a magnet for a number of affiliated businesses, which add significantly to the local economy.

If you’re interested in outdoor recreation, our proximity to Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks offers easy access for outdoor enthusiasts. Within a short drive, you can find world-class fly fishing, hiking, outstanding groomed snow machine trails, and several ski resorts.

From the moment you arrive in Idaho Falls, you’ll quickly be drawn in by our friendly hospitality and wholesome lifestyle.

Department Information

From the desert, to ice-packed rivers to backcountry terrain, our highly trained individuals tackle the worst of circumstances to protect the lives and property of our community and region. In 2021, the all-hazard emergency response teams responded to more than 17,000 calls while serving a population of approximately 108,000 residents occupying approximately 350 sq. miles. Our response area includes the city of Idaho Falls as well as the Bonneville County Fire Protection District. IFFD personnel are well trained and very versatile in their abilities to perform many different functions. They are all trained as emergency medical technicians. There are currently 54 personnel trained as paramedics. Our specialty teams consist of a Bicycle Response Team, Fire Investigations Team, Regional Response Hazardous Materials Team, Idaho Technical Search & Rescue Team and Swift Water Rescue. The department is one of two in the state to have an Insurance Service Organization (ISO) rating of two. (ISO ratings are one of the factors that affect insurance premiums.) Only 2.4 percent of the more than 48,000 fire departments nationwide have an ISO rating of two. Simply put, the better the department, the better the rating. The IFFD also trains and equips EMS personnel to respond to wildfire incidents. As a result, personnel have been deployed on wildfires in Idaho, Nevada, Utah, California, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. In the spring of 2017, we celebrated the grand opening of our new, state-of-the-art Fire Station/Fire Administration building in the heart of downtown Idaho Falls.

Job Description

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.

Area Information

County: Bonneville
Population: 62,888
# of Staff: 138

Hiring Status

Idaho Falls Fire Department - Firefighter has 6 vacancies.

Accepting PST written exam scores from February 17, 2023 through February 17, 2024

Salary Information

Probationary Firefighters start at $15.81 per/hr. $46,038.72 annually. Effective 10/1/2022

Benefit Information

See Important Information Section for details.

Idaho Falls Fire Department - Firefighter Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) No, not required (may be required later)
Minimum Age 18
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident Yes
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Veterans Preference Points 10 Preferential Points upon proof of Honorable Discharge. Email DD-214 to prior to the interview process
EMT Certification Valid proof of EMT certification required prior to offer of employment. Email EMT copy of current EMT to
Paramedic Certification

10 preferential points awarded for Paramedic Certification. Email copy of current EMT-P to prior to the interview process

Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

Contact Information

Idaho Falls Fire Department - Firefighter

343 E street
Idaho Falls, ID 83402 Bonneville County
(208) 612-8495


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
CPAT: No, not required (may be required later)