Why Idaho Falls Fire Department?

From the city, to the county, desert, ice-packed rivers and backcountry terrain, our highly trained 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, with 125 full-time personnel working across six stations.

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

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IFFD will sponsor an in-person written exam at Tingey Auditorium at University Place, 1776 Science Center Drive, Idaho Falls on Friday, October 22, 2021. Registration is at 9 a.m. with testing at 9:30 a.m. Candidates can also attend other testing sites or contact Public Safety Testing about an in-home proctored test. 

DO NOT apply through the City of Idaho Falls website.  Please follow the below instructions to apply for the written exam.


Go to Public Safety Testing  

    Under For Candidates, click on Sign Up, then Firefighter

    Select Idaho Falls Fire Department for information, then click Next

    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 written exams is October 25, 2021 at 2300 hours.

If you have questions about the written exam, please call Public Safety Testing at 1-866-HIRE911 (1-866-447-3911).

After the written exam, Public Safety Testing will supply the City of Idaho Falls with a list of the top 30 candidates.  These candidates will be invited to continue in the process which will include a physical agility test and a panel interview.

Physical Agility Test:  November 2, 2021 at 0900 hours

(A voluntary practice day for those who want to participate will be held November 1, 2021 from 1000 to 1400 hours.)

Initial Interviews:  November 3 and 4, 2021 from 0900 to 1700 hours.

These are the only dates that the physical agility and interviews will be held for this testing process.  We will do our best to accommodate individual schedules on those days; especially for those who will be traveling.

Essential Functions

A Probationary Firefighter receives classroom and field training in a wide range of fire prevention and fire-fighting techniques, principles, and procedures; receives specialized training in salvage and rescue operations, emergency medical aid, civil defense, disaster, drowning, terrorism and other related emergency situations; trained in Fire Department tactics and strategies; trained in department standard operation procedures.

Responds to fire alarm signals; performs as member of Fire Fighting Team; responds to emergency calls by riding fire truck to scene of fire; lays and connects water hose, hooks up pump, holds nozzle, and directs water stream; raises and climbs ladders and utilizes other specialized equipment.

Rescues occupants from fire danger, renders emergency medical aid, removes deceased occupants, and performs salvage operations; receives instruction on policies and procedures to conduct prevention inspections on various types of facilities.

Performs various maintenance tasks (i.e., paints, services equipment, cleans, polishes, tests, and repairs fire-fighting apparatus); conducts daily checks of equipment and services equipment appropriately; trained to perform general maintenance on department buildings and equipment; studies to acquire extensive knowledge of all Fire Department equipment.

Acts as first contact for public information; answers questions appropriately or directs public to correct personnel.

Attends public gatherings to insure observance of fire safety requirements, standards, and regulations; conducts tours for interest groups; administers fire safety education to youth groups.

Maintains necessary levels of strength, stamina and endurance to perform assigned firefighting duties.

Performs related duties as required.

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.