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 entrance examination and physical agility test for this position on October 26, 2019. Applications are due August 21. Click here to apply for the Civil Service exam. 

At the time of the written examination, applicants must be 18 years of age or older; possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; possess a current State of Iowa Paramedic certification or be eligible for Iowa endorsement of another state’s paramedic certification or the National Registry’s Paramedic Credentials; or have completed or be enrolled in a certified paramedic training program that will make the candidate eligible for Iowa endorsement upon completion of the program.  The successful candidate will possess a current State of Iowa Paramedic certification at the time of appointment and also possess or have the ability to obtain and maintain a valid Iowa Class “D” Chauffeur’s license.  A pre-employment drug screen will be administered prior to appointment.

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

Firefighters shall have their principal place of residence within the corporate limits of the City of Dubuque or within six and one-half (6 ½) miles of the corporate limits of the City by the most direct street, road or highway, in the state of Iowa, as soon as practicable after appointment, but within two years of appointment.

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

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