Employment Information

Employment Opportunities

The Indianola 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 Public Employee's Retirement System (IPERS)and are recruited through a Civil Service process. Part-time Firefighter/Paramedics and EMTs are covered under the IPERS and those positions are non-civil service positions.


Recruitment for open positions can be viewed at the city's job opportunities page when available. To learn more about becoming a part-time employee, contact Captain White or Captain Hurt at 515-961-9405.

Why the Indianola Fire Department?

  • Competitive pay
  • Excellent benefits
  • Growing community
  • Advancement opportunities


  • 18 years of age or older
  • Valid driver's license
  • High School Diploma or GED

EMT or Paramedic Certification

  • Firefighter I certification preferred but not required


  • Firefighter I and II certification
  • EMT or Paramedic
  • Hazardous Materials Operations

If hired, additional certification classes such as CPR, ACLS, D2 License and/or CEVO may be required.

Firefighting and Emergency Medical Services are not the only required duties while on a 24-hour shift. Other assignments may include:

  • Public Education
  • Building Fire Inspections
  • Hydrant Flushing
  • Training
  • Equipment maintenance*
  • Living at the fire station includes cleaning and cooking

*When fighting fires or responding to EMS calls, turnout gear and equipment exceed a weight of 45 pounds and can reach a weight of 130+ pounds. A significant amount of time is spent inspecting, cleaning, training with and maintaining this gear and equipment.

Physical Training

Interested in becoming a Firefighter with the Indianola 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 firefighter's 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 at the following location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4p4KepxsU4&feature=youtu.be