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Welcome to the 2022-2023 Entry-Level Firefighter Recruitment

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.

Thank you for your interest in joining Boise Fire! Currently, the next hiring cycle is scheduled to begin accepting Entry Level Firefighter applications in June 2023 for a January 2024 recruit academy.

Currently, the Boise Fire Department hiring cycle includes a written exam, oral interview, and physical fitness test. The written exam typically takes place at the beginning of October, with oral interviews at the end of October. Those that score highest from the written exam will be asked to participate in an oral interview. Candidates with the highest combined scores from the written exam and oral interview will be extended a conditional job offer. Candidates are then expected to pass the physical fitness test which is a 1.5 mile run to be completed in under 11 minutes and 30 seconds. The number of candidates hired for recruit academy vary every year depending on many factors such as retirements and city growth.

Qualifications

Entry Level Firefighter

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.
  • Ability to meet physically demanding standards

Applicants MUST NOT:

  • Have any felony convictions over the age of 18
  • Have any visible tattoos above the collar of a standard short-sleeved t-shirt

Lifestyle

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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