Become a Coralville Firefighter
The Coralville Fire Department is actively seeking dedicated men and women to serve as volunteer firefighters. The Coralville Fire Department has 5 paid staff members, over 40 volunteer firefighters, and 2 fire stations. Each member of the Coralville Fire Department must meet minimum requirements to respond to calls.
Applications for Fire Department membership are accepted throughout the year, and one Fire Academy class opens annually each summer.
Applicants must meet specific requirements in order to be considered (see the "Requirements" tab below).
There is no cost to apply and no cost for Fire Academy classes.
How to Apply
To apply to be a member of the next recruit class, complete an employment application. For more information about recruitment, please contact Captain Nic Pruter at 319.248.1848.
Volunteer firefighters for the City of Coralville must:
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Be of good moral character
- Be substance-abuse free
- Have a valid Iowa driver's license
- Be able to read, write, and understand the English language
- Pass a physical examination and drug screen
- Successfully complete an oral interview
- Pass a physical agility assessment
- Be able to understand and carry out oral and written instructions
Benefits for Coralville FirefightersPaid and volunteer firefighters are eligible for the following benefits:
- Receive fire, medical, rescue, and hazardous materials training
- Receive 10% off tuition at Columbia Southern University and Waldorf University
- Tax-deductible mileage
- State income tax deduction
- Annual flu shot
- Participate in the City's employee wellness program
- Length of service award programs resulting in IRA
Certification & Training Opportunities
The Coralville Fire Department prides itself on quality training with new and exciting opportunities offered regularly.
Training is designed to become Firefighter I certified. Certification of EMT-B is required within two years with all costs paid by the Department.
In addition to firefighting and emergency medical duties, firefighters have an opportunity to become trained as Hazardous Materials Technicians and join the Johnson County Hazardous Materials Response Team, representing the Coralville Fire Department.
Other specialty training opportunities include vehicle extrication, confined space rescue, high angle rescue, and more. The training opportunities are unlimited.
As part of the Fire Academy, each member must participate in approximately 6 months of classes that meet one evening a week.
After the academy is complete, the recruits will test for a certification at the Fire Fighter I level. In Iowa, the national Firefighter I certification is administered by the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau, a division of the State Fire Marshal’s Office, which is part of the Iowa Department of Public Safety.