Probationary Firefighter: Idaho Fall Idaho Deadline November 8, 2015

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Probationary Firefighter

Deadline: November 8, 2015

Salary: $37,658.00 Annually

Job Description:

The City of Idaho Falls is now accepting applications for candidates to participate in a Civil Service testing process for several openings for Probationary Firefighter positions.  Firefighters perform a variety of fire-fighting and Emergency Medical Technician duties related to protecting life and property of City residents and surrounding communities.

Note:  We encourage candidates with current and previous firefighting experience to participate in the testing process.  Salary may be negotiable for candidates with two (2) or more years comparable experience as a Firefighter.

**Extra credit (10 points) will be given to those candidates who are currently certified Paramedics. These points will be added at the beginning of the process.**

Veterans preference points, as applicable, will be given at the very end of the process to those candidates who provide a copy of Form DD 214. These points will be added to the candidates’ Overall Score.


A Probationary Firefighter receives classroom and field training in a wide range of fire prevention and fire-fighting techniques, principles, and procedures; performs as a member of Fire Fighting Team; rescues occupants from fire danger; renders emergency medical aid. Must work on-call and shift schedules including days, nights, weekends and holidays.


The City of Idaho Falls will be conducting an open competitive application and testing process which will be used to establish an eligible list of Firefighter candidates.  The ranked list of candidates that will come as a result of this testing process will be used to fill entry level Firefighting positions for a period of two (2) years.  Those who have tested and have an active score will remain on the list and be merged with the newly tested candidates.  If individuals with an active score choose to test again, their MOST RECENT score will become their active score.

Candidate scores, which will determine the ranked order on the eligible list, will be comprised of the following three items:

1.      Written Examination = 50% of Overall Score

Must pass with a minimum score of 70%

The top 30 candidates from the written exam will be invited to advance to the next steps.

2.      Physical Agility Test = Pass/Fail

If the candidate fails the physical agility test, they will not proceed to the interview.

3.      Oral Interview with interview panel = 50% of Overall Score


By completing the electronic application for this testing process, the applicant is communicating his/her intent to participate in the written examination and any further evaluation steps; hardcopy applications will not be accepted.  Please complete the electronic application in as much detail as possible.  Candidates are encouraged to upload and attach an electronic copy of any documents that support the candidate’s education, training, and experience.

Candidates who submit an incomplete application or submit a resume in lieu of a completed electronic application will not be allowed to participate in the testing process.

**Candidates must have photo identification available for review at all times during the testing and evaluation process.**

Essential Functions:

  • Receives classroom and field training in a wide range of fire prevention and fire-fighting techniques, principles, and procedures; receives specialized training in salvage and rescue operations, emergency medical aid, civil defense, disaster, drowning, terrorism and other related emergency situations; trained in Fire Department tactics and strategies; trained in department standard operation procedures.
  • Responds to fire alarm signals; performs as member of Fire Fighting Team; responds to emergency calls by riding fire truck to scene of fire; lays and connects water hose, hooks up pump, holds nozzle, and directs water stream; raises and climbs ladders and utilizes other specialized equipment.
  • Rescues occupants from fire danger, renders emergency medical aid, removes deceased occupants, and performs salvage operations; receives instruction on policies and procedures to conduct prevention inspections on various types of facilities.
  • Performs various maintenance tasks (i.e., paints, services equipment, cleans, polishes, tests, and repairs fire-fighting apparatus); conducts daily checks of equipment and services equipment appropriately; trained to perform general maintenance on department buildings and equipment; studies to acquire extensive knowledge of all Fire Department equipment.
  • Acts as first contact for public information; answers questions appropriately or directs public to correct personnel.
  • Attends public gatherings to insure observance of fire safety requirements, standards, and regulations; conducts tours for interest groups; administers fire safety education to youth groups.
  • Maintains necessary levels of strength, stamina and endurance to perform assigned firefighting duties.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Typical Qualifications:

To be eligible, candidates must have the following:

  • At least 18 years of age by November 21, 2015 to test
  • High School Diploma or equivalent (copy of transcripts may be required)
  • A valid Driver’s License
  • Successful candidates must be eligible to receive EMT-B Certification within 6 months of hire.
  • Successful candidates must pass a medical examination (after a contingent offer of employment)
  • Successful candidates must pass a background check (after a contingent offer of employment).


The written test will consist of 90 questions.  An optional study guide for Entry Level Firefighter is available for purchase at

This is a closed book examination; candidates will not be allowed to take any reference material into the testing room.  The test will begin promptly at 9:00 AM; no candidates will be allowed entrance into the testing room if they are late.  If a candidate needs an accommodation during the written examination, they must contact the Human Resources office at 208-612-8248 at least one week prior to the test date.

Test Location:  ISU University Place, Tingey Administration Building Auditorium, 1776 Science Center Drive

Test Date:  Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Candidate Check In Begins: 8:30 AM

Test Begins: 9:00 AM

Test Ends: 11:30 AM

No parking passes are required. Park in any of the University Place parking lots. Leave all cell phones and/or electronic devices at home or in your vehicle. Calculators will not be needed for this exam.

The content of the written exam is as follows:

  • Reading comprehension  26 items
  • Interpreting tables  9 items
  • Situational Judgment  10 items
  • Logical reasoning  6 items
  • Reading gauges  3 items
  • Applying basic math rules  8 items
  • Mechanical aptitude  5 items
  • Spatial sense  9 items
  • Map reading  7 items
  • Vocabulary  7 items

Total  90 items


Test Location:  Carl Poulter Training Field, 1350 Foote Drive, Idaho Falls

Test Date:  November 19, 2015

Test Times:  Individual testing times will be assigned – Wear Appropriate Attire

The candidates with the top 30 written test scores will be invited to participate in the Physical Agility Test with the local Firefighters Union #1565.  The physical agility test is patterned after the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge™.  The entire course must be completed in seven (7) minutes and is scored as PASS or FAIL.  Speed, or amount of time the course is finished under the time limit, is not a factor.  Before the test begins there will be an orientation session where candidates will be walked through the course and given a detailed explanation of the events.

During the test, candidates will wear full turnouts; coat, pants, boots, gloves, and helmet; as well as a SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) with a total weight of approximately 50 pounds.  Candidates will not be required to wear an SCBA mask and breathe on air.  Turnouts will be available for candidates to use, but candidates may bring their own turnouts if preferred.

Immediately before the timed test begins, each candidate will be required to climb the Idaho Falls Fire Department aerial platform ladder in full turnout gear to the 75 ft mark.  THIS PORTION OF THE TEST WILL NOT BE TIMED.  All candidates will wear a safety harness and will be secured to the ladder to protect against a fall.  If a candidate cannot complete this task, they will be disqualified from the rest of the testing process.

Summary of physical agility events:

1.  High Rise Pack Carry

Candidate will carry a 40 pound hose bundle up the equivalent of 4 flights of stairs.

2.  Hose Hoist

Candidate will hoist by hand a 42 pound roll of hose attached to a rope up to 35 feet.

3.  Forcible Entry

Candidate must drive a 160 pound “sled” 5 feet using a 9 pound mallet.

4.  Hose Advance

Candidate will proceed through a slalom course to a charged hoseline which must be dragged 75 feet and then spray water through the nozzle at a target.

5.  Victim Rescue

Candidate will drag a 175 pound rescue dummy 100 feet.

The Test Administrator, at his/her sole discretion, may stop any candidate who, in the official’s opinion, creates or is in a dangerous or unsafe condition.


Candidates with the top 30 written exam scores will be invited to participate in an interview with an interview panel.  All questions will be job related.

Interview Location:  Human Resources, City Annex Building, 380 Constitution Way, Idaho Falls

Interview Date:  November 19 and 20, 2015

Interview Times:  Individual interview times will be assigned.  Wear appropriate attire.

Work Environment:Functions of the position generally performed in a controlled environment, but subject to all seasonal and weather extremes. Emergency response travel expected in normal course of performing duties. Many functions of the work pose high degree of hazard uncertainty. Various levels of mental application required, i.e.; memory for details, emotional stability, discriminating thinking, creative problem solving. Works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. Continuous use of motor skills.

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

City’s Website Click HERE

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