Employment Information

All members of the Ankeny Fire Department are trained in fire suppression, rescue, and emergency medical services. More than 76% of all 911 calls made to the Ankeny Fire Department in 2017 were for emergency medical services.

Interested in applying for future employment opportunities with the City of Ankeny Fire Department? Consider completing the required testing in advance, in cooperation with the Central Iowa Fire and EMS Testing Consortium and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). Visit Iowa Fire Testing to find out more information about the required testing and register to take the written exam and physical ability evaluation.

The Ankeny Fire Department employs full-time, part-time, and paid-on-call (POC) personnel.

Why Ankeny Fire?

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


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

Part-Time / Paid-on-Call

  • EMT or Paramedic certification or currently enrolled in EMT or Paramedic School
  • 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.


A career in fire service is both challenging and rewarding. Ankeny Fire Department members operate on a schedule of 24 hours on-duty / 48 hours off-duty. A typical crew is made up of 5 to 6 members that work closely together for a 24-hour period. Calls for assistance of all kinds can and do come at any hour throughout the shift.

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 more than 130 pounds. A significant amount of time is spent inspecting, cleaning, training with, and maintaining this gear and equipment.

Hear Directly From Current Ankeny Fire Department Employees

Karen Peters"I have been with the Ankeny Fire Department for 20 years, and still absolutely love my job. The Department gets busier with calls every year, as Ankeny grows. I really like that the Department places a high value on education and community involvement, as well as opportunities for personal growth and advancement. The personnel are competent, caring, and professional. This Department is a second family."

- Karen Peters, Public Education Coordinator / Firefighter / Paramedic

John Guzman"I enjoy my career at the Ankeny Fire Department because of the family-oriented crew and supportive community."

- John Guzman, Firefighter / Paramedic


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