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Application Overview

Welcome to the 2021-2022 Entry-Level Firefighter Recruitment!  We are so excited to begin this process which will help us find the best possible fire candidates!

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the City of Boise reserves the right to make changes, as needed, to the examination date, time, location, process and procedures, including cancelling the examinations, at any time with or without notice.


  • July 1st, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. MST:  The City of Boise will officially open this year’s Fire Fighter Recruitment.
  • September 6th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. MST:  Deadline for written examination payment. To receive consideration, applications and a $30.00 testing fee must be received by this date. This is described in Step 1 and 2 below.
  • September 30th, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. MST: Deadline for scheduling your written examination. Test times will be offered during October 7th & 8th, 2021. Exams will be held at the Expo Idaho. This is described in Step 3 below.

If you fail to meet these deadlines, you will not be considered as an applicant for the 2021 Entry-Level Firefighter Recruitment.



Minimum qualifications for a firefighter position:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Possess a current National Registry or state-issued EMT Basic Certification by date of interview, with the ability to obtain reciprocity in Idaho within 120 days of employment and maintain certification


A candidate for a firefighter/paramedic position must meet the minimum qualifications listed for a firefighter, as well as:

  • Possess a valid Paramedic Certification
  • Possess a Healthcare Provider CPR certification
  • Possess an Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification
  • Possess a Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification


Firefighting is a rewarding career aimed at protecting life and property and improving the community served. Firefighters put their life and safety on the line to protect the community by facing hazardous tasks under extreme pressure. They must work cooperatively as a team and possess courage, stamina and professionalism. It is a challenging and exciting career, which offers great pay and exceptional benefits, opportunities for advancement and a family for life.

Work Schedule

After successfully completing Academy, our firefighters work 48 hour shifts on duty, followed by 96 hours off.

Women in Fire

Women bring unique abilities and critical qualifications to the fire service. Women interested in a career in fire are encouraged to apply. In the U.S., around 6,200 women currently work as full-time, career firefighters and officers. Several hundred hold the rank of lieutenant or captain, and about 150 are district chiefs, battalion chiefs, division chiefs, or assistant chiefs (Source: Women in Fire & Emergency Services).

Physical Fitness

Strength and fitness preparation is a crucial step in the successful completion of the physical demands of the Boise Fire Academy. Below are some resources for advanced physical training in targeted areas. Please understand that these resources are only a recommendation and will not guarantee employment. 

Firefighters take a hose from the back of a truck.

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