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Application and Exam Registration

The application period for the Boise City 2019 Entry-Level Firefighter Recruitment begins January 1, 2019.  To receive consideration applications and a $25.00 payment for the written examination must be received by 5:00 p.m. MST, March 2, 2019.

The written examination will be held at the Boise Centre on Friday, April 5, 2019 and Saturday, April 6, 2019.  Once your application has been reviewed and your payment has been verified, you will receive an email notification letting you know that you can self-schedule for the written exam. Exams must be scheduled by 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 31, 2019.

If you fail to meet either of these deadlines, you will not be considered as an applicant for the 2019 Entry-Level Firefighter Recruitment.


The first step to apply is to pay for the written examination.  The cost for the Entry-Level Firefighter written exam is $25.00.

When making your payment through PayPal please be sure to identify the email used to apply—applications cannot be submitted without providing the email address used to apply on your application.  If you forget to write it down at the time of payment, the receipt will be emailed to the email address on the PayPal account.

Please note that payments for this exam are NON-REFUNDABLE. If you pay for the exam and do not show, you will not receive a refund.

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 Rudy Gloria at by March 1, 2019. Requests for a reasonable accommodation must be clearly defined. Applicants must attach documentation to the written request from a medical provider or accredited counseling agency stating the disability and functional limitations. In accordance with the law, the City will review all requests and will provide reasonable accommodations.


To submit an application, please use this application link, which is also posted on . If you do not already have an account, please create a new account. Need help? View the Application Guide or contact Government Jobs at 855.524.5627.

Don’t forget your attachments!

Applications should include a resume as well as any applicable certifications you may have.  If you wish to request Veterans Preference, you must attach your DD214, and if applicable, proof of disability.

Important! If you are offered a position with the Boise Fire Department and choose to decline that offer, you will be removed from the eligibility list, and consequently will need to re-apply in 2020 to receive consideration. 


Once we have reviewed your application and verified payment, you will receive an email notification to self-schedule for the written exam through your application account. Please be aware that this process can take up to a week. It will be important that you check your account regularly to receive notifications regarding your application.

Examinations will be held at the Boise Centre (850 West Front Street, Boise Id 83702) at the following dates and times:

  • Friday, April 5, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Friday, April 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Oral Board

Written exam scores will be emailed to candidates by 5:00 p.m. MST, Friday April 19, 2019. Candidates who score above a determined cutoff score on the written exam will receive an invitation to schedule an oral board interview.

Oral boards are tentatively scheduled Monday, May 6, 2019 through Saturday, May 11, 2019. Candidates will be asked to log back into their Government Jobs application account to self-schedule for an interview date and time. 

Eligibility List

An eligibility list will be created of candidates who pass both the written exam and oral board interviews. This list will expire one year from the date it is established.

Physical Fitness Test

Select candidates will receive a conditional offer of employment with the Boise Fire Department. A medical exam including a comprehensive medical history, treadmill, physical condition assessment and other related medical tests will be performed with a physician.

The Boise Fire Department’s offer of employment is contingent upon passing a Physical Fitness Test which will consist of a 1.5 mile run in less than 11 minutes 30 seconds.

Strength and fitness preparation is a crucial step in the successful completion of the physical demands of the Boise Fire Academy. Individuals should engage in advanced physical training targeting muscle groups used in lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying and other actions related to Firefighter tasks. A workout program may include distance running, sprints, rowing, stair climbing with weight pack and weight lifting to develop both the upper and lower body.