Hiring Process

Oct 5 Testing (3)


We value individuals who embody our core values of trust and selfless service. We are also seeking diverse candidates, with distinct backgrounds, who’s values mirror the City of Boise and the community we serve. Below are some of the steps you will go through during the process.

Email Notifications

Sign up to receive updates on the process and express interest in employment. If you have already signed up to receive alerts, HR will be sending you an e-mail to let you know you can begin the application process.  

Application/Exam Registration

Online applications, exam registration and payment are now closed. To be considered, applications and a $25.00 payment for the written examination must be received by 5:00 p.m. MST March 2, 2018. We will not be testing for Firefighter/Paramedics in 2018. Late applications or payment will not be accepted. 

Written Exam

Entry Level Written Exams will be held at the Boise Centre (850 West Front Street, Boise, ID 83702) for the following dates:

Friday April 6, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.

Friday April 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday April 7, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.

Saturday April 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Scores will include Veteran’s preference points for qualified candidates.

Oral Board

Written exam scores will be emailed to candidates by 5:00 p.m. MST Friday April 27, 2018. Candidates who score above a determined cutoff score on the written exam may receive an invitation to schedule an oral board interview.

Oral boards are tentatively scheduled Monday May 14, 2018 through Saturday May 19, 2018. 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 1 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.