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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.

Important Dates

  • May 2, 2022, at 8 a.m. MST
    The City of Boise will officially open this year’s Entry-Level Firefighter Recruitment.
  • August 31, 2022, at 5 p.m. MST
    Deadline for application and written examination payment. The $30.00 testing fee must be received by this date. More detail in Step 1 and 2 below.
  • September 30, 2022, at 5 p.m. MST
    Deadline for scheduling your written examination. This is described in Step 3 below.
  • October 7-8, 2022
    Written Exam at Boise Center on the Grove (in-person only).
  • October 24, 2022
    Deadline to obtain EMT Certification. Oral interviews at Boise Fire Training Center (in-person only).
  • November 18, 2022
    Entry-Level Onboarding Day and run (in-person only).
  • January 9, 2023
    Academy Start Date

If you fail to meet any of these deadlines, you will not be considered as an applicant for the 2022-2023 Entry-Level Firefighter Recruitment.

How to Apply

Step 1: Applications for Boise Fire Entry Level Hiring are now closed.

Step 2: Pay for the Written Exam
The cost for the Entry-Level Firefighter written exam is $30.00. Payment must be submitted via PayPal only. No other form of payment will be accepted.
If you are using someone else's PayPal account, enter the applicant's name in the comment section so the payment can be matched and verified. Note: Payments for this exam are nonrefundable. 

Pay for Entry-Level Firefighter written exam

Step 3: Schedule Written Exam Date and Time
Once the City of Boise has reviewed your application and verified payment, you will receive an email notification to self-schedule for the written exam through your application account. Note: This process can take up to a week. It will be important that you check your account regularly to receive notifications regarding your application.

Entry-Level Written Exams will be held at the Boise Centre on the Grove on the following dates:

  • Friday, October 7, 2022
  • Saturday, October 8, 2022

ADA Accommodations:

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, disabled applicants who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the written exam shall submit a written request for an accommodation to Amanda Paige at by September 5, 2022. Requests for a reasonable accommodation must be clearly defined. Applicants must attach documentation from a medical provider or accredited counseling agency stating the disability, functional limitations and proposed accommodation. In accordance with the law, the city will review all requests and will provide reasonable accommodations.

COVID-19 Vaccination

To provide a safe and healthy workplace for all City of Boise employees, residents, and community members, new employment offers are contingent upon the applicant providing proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination process according to current CDC guidance to the city, on a confidential basis, or receiving an exemption from the vaccination requirement as a legally required medical or religious accommodation two weeks prior to the applicant’s scheduled start date.

Vaccine Series Start Dates for Unvaccinated Candidates:

Moderna - To be considered eligible for hiring, unvaccinated candidates will need to start the Moderna vaccine series by August 5, 2022.

Pfizer - To be considered eligible for hiring, unvaccinated candidates will need to start the Pfizer vaccine series by August 12, 2022.

Johnson & Johnson - To be considered eligible for hiring, unvaccinated candidates will need to start the Johnson & Johnson vaccine series by November 4, 2022.

Candidates who have already completed the primary series of a vaccine will need be up to date on the corresponding booster if they eligible to do so. For those candidates who are extended job offers, proof of vaccination status will be submitted by November 18, 2022 for the Run and Onboarding Day.

Boise Fire Fighter Salary Schedule


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
  • Proof of up-to-date COVID 19 vaccine

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


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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