Join Boise Fire Department

Firefighting is a career like no other. It takes extreme dedication, both physically and emotionally. By becoming a firefighter, you will gain a fulfilling, lifelong career with a close team environment and excellent benefits.

Currently, the Boise Fire Department has 288 full time employees, 17 Fire Stations, a Hazardous Materials Team, ARFF team, Dive Team and a Technical Rescue Team. The Department serves a population of 218,000 residents in 130+ square miles.

In order to provide the highest quality of service to the Treasure Valley, we depend on having a dedicated, well-qualified, diverse group of employees who find satisfaction in their work. Boise Fire Department seeks to attract and maintain a diverse workforce that honors and respects our individual and group differences and builds trust in the community we serve.

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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 job offer, 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

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Hiring Process

Boise Fire is immediately hiring because of the abnormal amount of retirements in our department. We are not accepting new applications, instead, in order to get crews on the line more quickly will hire approximately 18 firefighters. These names will be selected from the current list of firefighters that were obtained during the interview process in the spring of 2019. They will be hired in March of 2020. We will begin a new recruitment process in the late summer/early fall of 2020 with an anticipated hire date of January or February of 2021.

Candidates who score above a determined cutoff on the written exam will be invited to schedule an oral board interview. From those participating in the oral board, an eligibility list will be created. Select candidates will receive a conditional offer of employment. Employment is conditional based on a comprehensive medical test and physical fitness test. More detailed information on this process will be released during each recruitment period.

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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. 

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