Idaho Falls Fire Department is recruiting
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – The Idaho Falls Fire Department is hiring 12 full-time firefighters.
Interested applicants are encouraged to begin the public safety testing process now to be considered for a rewarding career with one of the largest combined fire and EMS departments in the state of Idaho. October 29 is the deadline to take the written test for this year’s recruitment process.
“Having purchased a move-in ready fire station to the south as well as property to the north for future expansion due to population growth, we are working on hiring and training new staff so we can begin to operate from the southern barracks at the start. 2023,” said IFFD Public Information Officer Kerry Hammon.
The IFFD also recently received a $3 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with the first three years of salaries for new firefighters. The continued investment in staff beyond the three years will be paid for by the revenue stream resulting from 2022 Senate Bill 1283, which increased Medicaid reimbursements to EMS agencies.
IFFD has seen a steady increase in service calls over the past four years, averaging 1,000 more calls per year. In 2021, they experienced a significant peak with 3,000 additional calls, for a total of 17,230.
Due to the region’s landscape – city, countryside, desert, waterways and hinterland – IFFD’s staff are diverse and highly skilled. Plans are underway to expand the department’s training capabilities by constructing a regional training center over the next five years. All IFFD firefighters are trained as EMTs or paramedics and hold additional credentials for specialist teams such as swift water rescue, wildfire fighting, search and rescue, materials dangerous and high angle rescue.
“We are incredibly fortunate to live in a community that supports first responders very well and understands the importance of maintaining a high level of training and response capability,” said IFFD Fire Chief Duane Nelson. .
Idaho Falls is the fifth largest city in Idaho with a population of approximately 67,000 and serves as a regional hub for healthcare, travel, business, retail, and entertainment. Idaho Falls is the perfect place for people looking for opportunities to experience the outdoors. Nestled in the middle of town is a quantum and eclectic downtown that’s packed with shops, restaurants and cafes – all within walking distance of a five-mile river walk where residents and guests can explore this that makes Idaho Falls unique.
The ministry will follow the standard hiring process as outlined on its website. Prospective applicants are encouraged to register for job alerts through the City of Idaho Falls Human Resources Department and begin the public safety testing process.
“If you are interested in a career in fire and EMS but are unsure of the process or are currently a firefighter and have questions about the department or region, please give us a call. We’re here to help,” Hammon said.
For more information, call the Station 1 headquarters at (208) 612-8495.