The Urbandale Fire Department is comprised of both full-time Firefighter/Paramedics and part-time Firefighter/Paramedics and EMTs. Full-time Firefighter/Paramedics are covered under the Iowa 411 retirement system and are recruited through a Civil Service process. Part-time Firefighter/Paramedics and EMTs are covered under the Iowa Public Employee's Retirement System (IPERS) and those positions are non-civil service positions. While we do have some part-time positions, we are no longer hiring part-time personnel.
Recruitment for open positions can be viewed at the city's job opportunities page when available.
Interested in becoming a Firefighter with the Urbandale Fire Department, but concerned about the physical training requirements? We've partnered with a Certified Personal Trainer to develop a beginning strength training program designed to increase strength, stamina, and endurance specific to a firefighters needs. Download a Firefighter Workout (PDF) to get started. A document showing our Physical Ability Evaluation can be found here :Physical Test Layout With Pictures. You may also find a video of the Physical Ability Exam on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/urbandalefiredepartment/