• Evening in downtown Caldwell

    photo credit: Dan Smede

  • Main Street, circa 1950-s - Ellis

    photo credit - unknown

  • 2018 4th of July Fireworks

    Dan Smede

  • Historic Caldwell Home

    Jan Boles

  • Cardboard Kayak Races - 2018

    Destination Caldwell

  • Indian Creek Plaza ice ribbon

    Destination Caldwell

  • Winter Wonderland - 7th St Bridge

    Angie Point

Become a Firefighter

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**Current Opportunities** 

To Be Announced.


Thank you for considering the Caldwell Fire Department as your future career!

The Caldwell Fire Department strives to hire the best candidates for Firefighter positions.  Our goal is to employ individuals who are well qualified and dedicated to a career in the fire service.

Caldwell Firefighters are required to perform a variety of tasks, including fire suppression and rescue; fire prevention and building inspections; emergency medical care and treatment and other assignments.  There are promotional opportunities to the positions of Driver/Operator, Fire Captain, and Battalion Chief.  There are several technical specialties within the Caldwell Fire Department such as Hazardous Materials, Arson Investigation, High Angle, Water Rescue.  

The job of Firefighter is physically demanding.  Firefighters must be in peak physical condition – both at the time of hire and throughout a Firefighter’s career. 

Firefighters must be committed to working effectively with the general public, City of Caldwell Employees, and members of the fire service and emergency services.  Teamwork and respect for diversity are important aspects of this job.

Qualifications for Entry Level Recruits:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older 
  • High School Graduate or completion of General Education Certificate (GED)
  • IFSAC Firefighter I
  • ID EMT-B
  • Valid Driver's License and positive driving record
  • Must pass a comprehensive written examination
  • Must pass physical ability test
  • Must meet or exceed established NFPA minimum standards of medical exam including vision and hearing test
  • Submit a copy of driving and criminal record Prior to oral interview
  • Candidates must be able to communicate effectively in English (verbally and written)
  • Bi-lingual is desirable  

Hiring Process

During an open application period, The Caldwell Fire Department, under the direction of the Fire Chief, conducts the testing for Firefighters. Each individual must submit a completed application for testing.

Testing includes three phases:

  • A nationally accepted written exam
  • An oral board interview exam
  • A nationally accepted physical ability exam

Once the exams are complete, the Caldwell Fire Chief will develop a ranked list of all candidates. Eligible candidates will be interviewed and undergo a background investigation.


Firefighters work 48 hours on duty and 96 hours off duty. During their on duty time they live at the fire station and are responsible for responding to emergency calls any time during their on duty period. There are living quarters on the premises including kitchen, living area, dorm, and workout room. On duty fire crews must stay with their crew during the duration of their 48 hour shift.