Firefighter Position

Nampa Fire Protection District - Entry Level Firefighter



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Nampa Fire Protection District - Entry Level Firefighter

Last updated on May 09, 2023
PST Partner Agency since August 20, 2021

Vacancies: 9

Testing Deadline: June 18, 2023.

Important Information

This testing event is to establish an eligibility roster for hiring. Participation in and/or completion of this process does not guarantee or imply an employment opportunity will be extended to any testing applicants.

Below is a list of important dates to be aware of.

The PST Written Exam must be completed by June 18, 2023 @ 5:00 pm.

Position information can be found online at:

Initial contact for interviews will occur the last week of June, 2023. Only a portion of the applicants will be contacted for the initial interview process. Copies of your resume and any applicable fire and EMS certifications shall be submited by email to once an invite to an interview process is formalized. The initial interviews will be on a virtual platform, and will occur within the first two weeks of July. Applicants chosen to move forward in the process will be invited to participate in additional in person interviews and a physical ability assessment.

Practice physical ability assessments will be made available prior to final assessment.

In person interviews and final physical ability assessments will be scheduled and concluded prior to the second week of August, 2023.

All communications regarding this process will be through email. Applicants must provide a valid email address that will be checked regularly. Communications from the Nampa Fire Protection District are often time sensative and any failure to reply to, or comply with the requests and direction given in this process may be grounds for dismissal from the hiring process.

The Nampa Fire Protection District reserves the right to absolve any testing process or eligibiity list at any time.

Community Information

The City of Nampa is located approximately 20 miles west of Boise along Interstate 84 in the Treasure Valley. It is Idaho’s third largest city with a population just over 103,000 (2020). Nampa offers a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities resulting in an excellent family friendly atmosphere.

The Treasure Valley is well positioned geographically providing not only to a major metropolitan area but also access to numerous world class outdoor activities.

The Nampa Fire Protection District operates under the vision of Excellence - Service - Strength in Unity, and through the core values of Teamwork, Integrity, Compassion, Professionalism, and Safety.

The Nampa Fire Protection District provides service to an area of approximately 100 sq miles and 125,000 citizens. Our service area includes a mix of urban, suburban, industrial, and rural zones.

Currently NFPD has 110 personnel working out of 5 fire stations, a training division, and the administrative office. Our frontline response apparatus includes 4 Type 1 fire engines, a 100’ ariel platform truck, a 75’ ladder truck company, a squad, a type 5 brush rig, and a technical rescue.

Nampa Fire is an all-hazards department frequently responding to medical emergencies, structure fires, vehicle extrication, wildland fires, hazardous material incidents, and technical rescue emergencies. Line personnel are trained to operations level in all areas. Many members achieve technician and/or instructor certifications in the various emergency response disciplines.

Nampa Fire is a proud member of the Treasure Valley Emergency Medical Services System (TVEMSS). The TVEMSS is a collective agreement plan providing a unified and central medical direction, along with common Standing Written Orders for several area EMS agencies. NFD delivers high quality Advanced Life Support medical care providing a certified paramedic on every fire engine. Exceptional critical care transportation is provided by our partners Canyon County Paramedics. Nampa Fire and CCP work closely together to ensure that the citizens in our area receive the highest level of quality care possible.

We celebrate the exceptional training facility that we have here in Nampa. In addition, Nampa Fire enjoys the benefit of having a high performing and dedicated training staff that provides our personnel outstanding education resulting in a culture of excellence and professionalism.

The Nampa Firefighters Local 804 has a deep tradition of service in our community as well as an unrelenting commitment to its members. The Nampa Fire Administration and the Local 804 strive to be a model of collaboration, sharing a vision that results in the delivery of the best possible service to our citizens.

Starting firefighter hour rate is $22.73/hour ($66,190 per year). There is potential to progress to a Senior Firefighter within the first year. This self paced earned step increase bumps the annual salary to $73,645. Paramedics earn an extra $4,800/year. In addition, we offer an excellent benefit package including medical and dental insurance, PERSI pension, employer matching 401K and more.

Come join our team!

Department Information

The Nampa Fire Protection District operates under the vision of Excellence - Service - Strength in Unity, and through the core values of Teamwork, Integrity, Compassion, Professionalism, and Safety. The response compliment is comprised of five fire stations, housing four engine companies, one truck company, one ladder company, one squad, and one battalion chief. Daily staffing is 27-line personnel and 15 administrative and training personnel.

Job Responsibilities

The principal function of an employee in this class is to respond to fires, medical emergencies, hazardous materials, and other emergency and non-emergency situations. Exposure to hazardous materials, large quantities of smoke, heavy traffic areas, intense heat, direct exposure to flames, decimated structures, extreme weather conditions, blood- borne pathogens, and other related environments in which individual is subject to potential personal danger.

Hours: The successful candidate must be able to work flexible and varied hours. Currently, line personnel work a 56-hour work week on a 48/96 scheduled cycle.

Application Procedure:

Applicants applying for the Entry Level Fire Fighter eligibility roster must meet the minimum requirements below.

  • Completion of the PST written exam by June 18, 2023
  • If selected for an interview, you will be asked to submit your resume and copies of all required certifications via email to

If selected to continue in the eligibility process, the applicant will be required to successfully pass a firefighter physical agility test. **This test is pass/fail and evaluates your strength, endurance, and agility. For candidates who pass the physical agility test there will be a scored oral interview.

The oral interview: The panel of interviewers will ask the applicant questions to gain insight into your ability to perform as a firefighter for the Nampa Fire Protection District. We are interested in your prior education and/or experience, your reasons for seeking a position as a firefighter, and why you feel you would be a good member for the Nampa Fire team.

The successful candidate’s employment will be contingent on the following:

Prior to appointment, a candidate will be required to pass a driving record check, background investigation, medical exam by the Nampa Fire Protection District's physician, and drug/alcohol screen paid for by the Nampa Fire Protection District.

It is the successful applicant’s responsibility to notify Nampa Fire Protectoin District of any change of address and/or telephone number during the term of the eligibility list.

Once contingencies have been met by the successful applicant, they will attend a fire department orientation academy (Monday through Friday 8 am - 5 pm, not to exceed 14 weeks) prior to being assigned to shift scheduling.

Special Conditions: Nampa Fire Protection District has a Drug/Alcohol Free Workplace Policy. Any offer of employment is contingent upon passing a pre-employment drug test, background check and driving record check.

Job Description

Nampa Fire Department

Job Description

Title: Fire Fighter Effective Date: 4/1/2021

Division: Suppression Approved By: Chief Carpenter

FLSA Class: Non-Exempt


These positions protect life and property through controlling, extinguishing and preventing fires; provides emergency medical services; regularly maintains firefighting equipment, apparatus and quarters; responds to man-made and natural disasters. In emergency situations, performs hazardous tasks requiring strenuous physical exertion for extended periods of time in cramped surroundings, hot, smoky environments with limited visibility, and at considerable heights. Work is usually performed under the direction of a commanding officer, although individuals may exercise independent judgment in emergency situations.


Essential functions will vary according to the work environment and may include, but are not limited to, the following:


Delivers safe medical care and treatment based on the individual needs of the patient and in accordance with the Nampa Fire Protection District policies, procedures, and guidelines. Delivers compassionate care and treatment of sick or injured individuals of a diverse community, suffering from non-urgent to life-threatening problems, frequently under unfavorable conditions. Effectively applies technical knowledge to complex problem assessment and solving to rescue persons or property, under diverse, and often stressful, circumstances. Anticipates various outcomes, makes appropriate decisions, and acts deliberately in emergency scenarios. Activities will generally be limited to “operations” level; however, some personnel may be trained at a technician level and/or as an instructor.


Performs extremely strenuous physical work while wearing self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), under someof the following conditions:

· Selects and deploys various hoselines and nozzles up to 5 inches in diameter to be used to direct water or chemicals onto fire;

· Carries, positions, climbs and works from ladders and other high areas under adverse conditions;

· Removes injured or incapacitated victims from dange rand administer first aid as required;

· Uses power tools and other mechanical equipment to breech doors, walls roofs or floors, for various reasons;

· Communicates clearly and concisely using electronic devices and equipment. This includes the ability to do so while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and SCBA under adverse conditions such as high background noise, poor visibility, and drenching from hoselines and/or fixed protection systems (sprinklers);

· Works in a safe manner at all times, in accordance with state regulations and District policies and procedures.


Under adverse and stressful conditions, drives emergency vehicles and shall be trained, certified, and assigned to drive and operate large vehicles (for example: Engine and Rescue).Safely operates complex mechanical equipment (for example: Pump Operation) on specialized vehicles.


Completes training, as required, to meet District, State, and federally recognized and accepted standards, which may include classroom instruction, practical and hands-on instruction, evaluations, examinations, and certification in a variety of areas, and physical fitness training.


Actively participates in fire prevention activities in accordance to District policies, procedures, and guidelines, while projecting a professional public image. Actively participates in public presentations and explanations to individuals or small groups. Positively interacts with a diverse population, including children. Treats all persons respectfully, including fellow employees. Works cooperatively with fellow employees and contributes to a positive team environment. Conducts code enforcement inspections and effectively identifies and relates code issues to members of the public.


Completes daily cleaning chores, assigned project(s), apparatus checks, and other applicable duties as assigned; performs general maintenance work of District facilities. Maintains and operates equipment; vehicle system operation and basic maintenance; power tool operation and basic maintenance.


Completes and processes forms, writes incident reports, and other documents. Accurately enters electronic data.


Knowledge of:

· Understanding of basic mechanical and operating principles that may be involved in the operation and maintenance of firefighting equipment and understanding of fire extinguishing systems, fire prevention methods and fire safety;

· Principles and practices of first aid including EMT training;

· Modern office procedures, methods, equipment, basic computer skills and ability to learn and apply new technologies and skills;

· Business letter writing, basic report preparation and principles and procedures of recordkeeping.

Skill in:

· Anticipating, analyzing, diagnosing and resolving problems;

· Interacting with others using tact, patience and courtesy;

· Using initiative, problem solving skills, and independent judgment within established guidelines.

Ability to:

· Learn and practice modern methods, principles, techniques and standards applied to firefighting, fire inspection, natural or man-made disasters and related fields;

· Understand, interpret and apply documents such as operating instructions, applicable policies, procedures, firecodes, adopted ordinances and safety rules;

· Perform current EMS policies and procedures in effect for the system;

· Maintain confidentiality;

· Possess working knowledge of geography and street locations of response areas;

· Perform effectively under considerable stress while confronted with emergency situations related to the job of a Firefighter/EMT;

· Learn traffic laws, ordinance and regulations involving equipment operation;

· Maintain and establish effective and cooperative working relationships with District employees, public and public officials and to work effectively in a team environment;

· Adapt to changes in the work environment and to shifts in organizational philosophy and expectations;

· Conduct oneself in a professional manner as defined by District policy;

· Learn current computer applications utilized by the District and utilize applications to perform and complete tasks and/or requirements of the job;

· Effectively present information to moderate size groups;

· Complete comprehensive work assignments and meet deadlines;

· Communicate in English clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing;

· Add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals;

· The ability to compute the friction loss and fire flows required for producing proper waterflows during pumping operations;

· Learn and effectively utilize knowledge of hazards of chemical properties of a variety of materials.


This position has no supervisory responsibilities, however may require giving assignments and/or directions to co-workers or members of the public during emergency operations.


A high school diplomaorequivalentrequiredANDexperiencewhichprovidestheapplicantwith the desired knowledge, skills and abilities required to competently perform the job.


· A valid State of Idaho Driver’s License is required.

· A current State of Idaho Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification is required. EMT-A or EMT-P maintenance may be required for initial and/or continued eligibility.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job (includes functions as described in NFPA 1982). Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, an employee is regularly required to talk and hear; use hands or fingers to handle and feel; use of the telephone and computer; requires manual dexterity and visual acuity to operate firefighting equipment frequently and a computer or other standard office equipment frequently. Employee may sit occasionally but will also need mobility and ability to stand and walk continuously for long periods of time.

This position will require the employee to be able to perform strenuous work for extended periods of time, while performing some or all of the following:

• Wear a respirator (SCBA);

• Climb six (6) or more flights of stairs while wearing fire protective ensemble weighing at least 50 lbs. or more while carrying equipment/tools, typically weighing an additional 20lbs. to 40 lbs.;

• Perform expected duties while wearing fire protective ensemble that is encapsulating and insulated and will result in significant fluid loss that frequently progresses to clinical dehydration which can elevate core temperature to levels exceeding 102.2°F (39°C);

• Search, locate, rescue-drag, and carry victims ranging from newborn to adult weighing over 200 lbs. to safety despite hazardous conditions and low visibility;

• Work in unpredictable emergency situations for prolonged periods of physical exertion without benefit of warm-up, scheduled rest periods, meals, access to medication(s), or hydration;

• Work in dark, confined, disorienting spaces; work in overheated environments; work under adverse and stressful conditions.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

The work area will encompass a wide variety of settings including but not limited to, administrative duties in an office setting; regular exposure to outside weather conditions and could include emergency locations above or underground and in and/or around water, hazardous traffic areas and under unfavorable or unsanitary conditions which may include burning debris, falling structures, biohazards, air and blood-borne pathogens; confined spaces; commercial and residential structures, etc. Employees are regularly exposed to wet and humid conditions, fumes, airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme heat, and risk of electrical shock. Employees may find themselves in hostile or psychologically demanding environments, involving emotional or psychological stress.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but may reach extremes where hearing protection is required. Work is usually performed during 48-hour shifts and work may be assigned to a standard 40-hour work week.


• Requires ability to pass a pre-employment drug screening examination and any subsequent testing.

• Requires ability to pass a comprehensive background check.

· Upon initial employment, the probationary Firefighter must successfully complete the Department / District’s designated accredited firefighter training academy.

• Employee must be insurable under the Department’s/District’s existing vehicle and umbrella liability insurance carrier.

• Employee must meet the medical and physical requirements as specified in NFPA 1582, the Nampa Fire Department’s physical and fitness assessment as outlined in SOP 1023 and SOP 1024.

Area Information

County: Canyon
Population: 125,000
# of Staff: 110

Hiring Status

Nampa Fire Protection District - Entry Level Firefighter has 9 vacancies.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is June 18, 2023.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is June 18, 2023.

The Nampa Fire Protection District is establishing a Firefighter eligibility register. A recruit academy is anticipated in September of 2023.

Salary Information

Salary: $22.73 per hour (additional $2.25 paramedic pay) plus excellent benefits.

Benefit Information

Health, Dental, Vision insurance for employee and family.

M.E.R.P (Medical Expense Retirement Plan) (Post Retirement)

State of Idaho PERSI Retirement

PERSI 401K Matching Plan

Optional 457 Plan(s)

Nampa Fire Protection District - Entry Level Firefighter Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required

Must pass the written test with 70%

Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) No, not required (may be required later)
Minimum Age 18
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Valid Drivers License
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile None.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements

An applicant who has uncorrected vision of 20/200 or weaker must wear contact lenses on duty or request a waiver to wear glasses.

College Requirement


Prior Experience Requirement


Veterans Preference Points

Provide proof of eligibility as outlined in Idaho Code, Title 65, Chapter 5, Section 502(6), & U.S.C Section 2108.

Prior FF Experience Required


Nampa Fire Protection District - Entry Level Firefighter Disqualifiers

The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.

Category Disqualifier

Any offer of employment is contingent upon passing a pre-employment drug test, background check and driving record check.

Drug Usage

The Nampa Fire Protection District has a Drug/Alcohol Free Workplace Policy. Any offer of employment is contingent upon passing a pre-employment drug test, background check and driving record check.

Criminal Activity

Any offer of employment is contingent upon passing a pre-employment drug test, background check and driving record check.

Contact Information

Nampa Fire Protection District - Entry Level Firefighter

9 - 12th Ave South
Nampa, ID 83651 Canyon County


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

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