Dubuque firefighters are required to work 56 hours a week. In order to meet the constant demand of firefighting, we work in shifts. The schedule consists of 24 hours on and 24 off for five days with a 96 hour break after the initial five days.

Civil Service Examination Requirement

The City of Dubuque Civil Service Commission will conduct a written examination at an announced time in the future. At the time of the written exam, applicants must be 18 years of age, possess a high school diploma or it's equivalent, possess Iowa paramedic certification, or have completed or currently be enrolled in a certified paramedic training program. The candidate must have an Iowa Paramedic Specialist Certification in their possession prior to appointment. The top 60 candidates based on written exam scores, will be invited to take a physical agility test.

Written Test

The Dubuque Fire Department uses McCann Testing for it's Civil Service entry exam. Below is a link that McCann has provided to prepare the candidate on how it's test is administered. We strongly suggest anyone interested in testing for Dubuque Fire to take a look at the pretest information.

How to do your best on a McCann Written Test

Physical Agility Test

The agility test has been designed to ensure that candidates are capable of performing job related tasks. Click here to learn more about the physical agility test.

Additional Test

If selected for an interview, you will be required to have a medical exam, vision test, psychological test, drug screening, and a criminal history check. 

Residency Requirement

Within twenty-four months of your appointment date, you will be required to live in the State of Iowa within 6.5 miles of the corporate city limits of Dubuque.

For more information about this exciting career, contact City of Dubuque Personnel Office located at:
50 West 13th Street
Dubuque, IA 52001-64864
Phone: 563.589.4125

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