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 Dubuque Fire Department recruitment period is currently closed. Register to be notified when recruitment opens again.

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 the Civil Service entry exam. Applicants are strongly encouraged to utilize the pretest information.

McCann Written Test - Study Guide

Physical Ability Test

The ability test has been designed to ensure that candidates are capable of performing job related tasks. Learn more about the physical ability test.

Additional Tests

Prior to an employment offer, candidates are required to pass 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 thirty (30) miles of the corporate limits of the city by the most direct street, road or highway, as soon as practicable after appointment, but within two years of appointment.

Informational flyer

For more information about this exciting career, contact:

City of Dubuque Human Resources Department
50 W. 13th St.,
Dubuque, IA 52001

Fire Department Career Opportunity