Burlington fire department Hiring Process


Minimum Standards

The applicant must:

  • Be a U. S. citizen and a resident of Iowa or intend to become a resident upon being employed
  • Be 18 years of age at the time of appointment
  • Have the ability to obtain a valid Iowa driver's license
  • Not be addicted to drugs or alcohol [modified for Chapter 400 civil service positions by §400.17 of the Code of Iowa]
  • Be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation
  • Successfully pass Burlington Physical Agility Test
  • Be a high school graduate or hold a GED certificate
  • Have uncorrected vision of not less than 20 / 100 in both eyes, corrected to 20 / 20, and color vision
  • Have normal hearing in each ear
  • Must obtain Firefighter II certification within 1 year of hire (Training Provided)
  • Must obtain Paramedic Certification within 3 years of hire (Training Provided)

Application Process

Each Burlington Fire Department applicant must complete the following:

  • Electronically Submit Application and Resume
  • Physical Agility Testing
  • Written Testing
  • Interviews
  • Conditional Offer of Employment
  • Background Investigation
  • Medical Physicals and Drug Screen

Why Burlington Fire Department

  • Recruitment Video
  • No experience required (Paramedic and Firefighter training provided)
  • Starting salary $49,417 (July 1,2023) with increase to $57,392 after 1st year
  • Paramedic certification pay of $4,550 per year
  • Excellent health and dental insurance

Check back soon for the online application.