Welcome and thank you for considering employment as a 
Boise Firefighter or Firefighter/Paramedic!

Firefighting is a career like no other. It takes extreme dedication, both physically and emotionally. By becoming a firefighter, you will gain a fulfilling, lifelong career with a close team environment and excellent benefits.

Boise Fire Department was created in 1876 as a volunteer Fire Department, officially organized with 28 men. As the population of Boise grew, BFD increased its size to accommodate the community’s needs. Currently, Boise Fire Department has 288 full time employees, 17 Fire Stations, a Hazardous Materials Team, ARFF team, Dive Team and a Technical Rescue Team. The Department serves a population of 218,000 residents in 130+ square miles.

Written exams will be conducted at the Boise Centre in Boise, ID on March 25 and 26. More information will be provided closer to March. 




In order to provide the highest quality of service to the Treasure Valley, we depend on having a dedicated, well-qualified, diverse group of employees who find satisfaction in their work. Boise Fire Department seeks to attract and maintain a diverse workforce that honors and respects our individual and group differences and builds trust in the community we serve.




Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced that the Boise Fire Department has been awarded the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

The Boise Fire Department earned the award for a number of reasons, including:

  • More than 30 percent of the fire department’s workforce is made up of National Guard members, Reserve members and veterans.
  • All Reserve branches are represented.
  • Surviving spouses of deceased military members are given hiring preference.