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Posted on: January 27, 2024

The Idaho Falls Fire Department is hiring, hosting testing on Feb. 17


IDAHO FALLS – The Idaho Falls Fire Department is looking for motivated individuals who want to become Probationary Firefighters. 

Interested candidates are encouraged to begin the Public Safety Testing process now to be considered for a rewarding career with one of the largest combined fire and EMS departments in the state of Idaho. To support recruiting efforts, the Idaho Falls Fire Department is hosting a written test on Feb. 17, 2024, in the Tingey Auditorium at University Place, 1776 Science Center Drive.

To sign up for the written test, please visit

“Now is a fantastic time to start your career with Idaho Falls Fire. Growing community and a growing department,” said Idaho Falls Fire Department Chief Duane Nelson.  “We are incredibly fortunate to live and work in a community that supports first responders, with a City leadership that helps us maintain a high level of training and response capabilities.”  

Due to the region’s landscape – city, rural, desert, waterways, and backcountry terrain – IFFD’s personnel are diverse and highly trained. Plans are underway to expand the department’s training capabilities by building a regional training facility within the next five years. All IFFD 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 high-angle rescue.   


Idaho Falls is the fifth largest city in Idaho, with a population of over 67,000, and serves as a regional hub for health care, travel, business, retail, and entertainment. Idaho Falls is ideal for people looking for opportunities to discover the outdoors. Nestled in the middle of town is a quiet and eclectic downtown that is full of shops, restaurants, and coffee shops – all within walking distance of a five-mile River Walk where residents and guests can explore what makes Idaho Falls unique.

Situated along the iconic Snake River, Idaho Falls is only a short scenic drive from Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, numerous hot springs, and countless outdoor recreational opportunities, such as mountain biking, skiing, hunting, and fishing. The Idaho Falls Regional Airport is the gateway to adventure with five airlines and numerous non-stop destinations.

Idaho Falls generates its own kind of energy. Idaho Falls Power is a municipal electric utility with a mission of delivering low-cost electricity by harnessing the power of the Snake River to produce clean, reliable hydropower. IFP’s electric rates are among the lowest in the country.  

Historically dependent upon the Idaho National Laboratory, a nuclear research center, the City of Idaho Falls and economic developers have made significant strides to ensure that the region is as self-sustaining as possible and not as dependent on variants historically impacted during economic downturns.

The department will go through the standard hiring process as outlined on its website. Potential candidates are encouraged to sign up for job alerts through the City of Idaho Falls’ Human Resource Department and begin the Public Safety Testing process.

“We are always happy to share more about what it takes to become a firefighter, share more about our community and our wonderful department,” said IFFD Deputy Chief Paul Radford.

For additional information, call Station 1 Headquarters at (208) 612-8495.   

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Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact City of Idaho Falls Public Information Officer Eric Grossarth at (208) 612-8562 or [email protected]

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