Join the North Liberty Fire Department


Who is Eligible to Join?

Any person residing in the City of North Liberty, Penn Township, or Madison Township within Johnson County, Iowa who is of sound mind and body and is at least eighteen (18) years of age, shall be eligible to serve as a firefighter in the Department.

Starting in 2014, NLFD has started to take applicants from outside our response area for limited openings on the department. These positions require 32 hours of on-call availability in our response area per month.

Questions regarding recruitment? Please contact Assistant Chief Bill Schmooke at 319-626-5717 Ext. 5725 or email.


  • Receive Fire, Medial, Rescue and Hazardous Materials Training.
  • Utilize the North Liberty Rec Center & Pool all year round at no charge for you, your spouse/significant other and children.
  • 10% off tuition at Columbia Southern University.
  • Tax deductible mileage.
  • Annual Flu Shot at no charge.
  • Provide a vital service to the community.
  • Paid per Call & Participation (Based on Longevity & Certifications)


  • Complete required NIMS and ICS Certification – Within 3 months.
  • CPR for Health Care Providers AHA – Within 3 months.
  • Complete Hazardous Materials Operations Level Certification – By the end of First Year.
  • Complete FireFighter I Training & Certification – By the end of First Year.
  • Complete FireFighter II Training & Certification – Optional yet encouraged.
  • Obtain the Iowa EMT certification within 30 total months from member’s start date.
  • Members are required 32 hours of on-call shift work per month. In town members are also required 8% call participation.

Probationary Period

  • All new members will spend the first twelve (12) months as a probationary firefighter.
  • The first two years will be very challenging but also very rewarding.
  • You will learn, you will be challenged, you will meet new people, and you will grow!

Time Commitment

  • Business Meeting (First Wednesday of each Month)
  • EMS Training (Monthly online Training and Department Training on the second Wednesday of each Quarter)
  • Fire Training (Monthly online Training & Department Training on the third Wednesday of each Month)*
  • Facilities Duties
  • Apparatus Duties
  • Annual Fire Hose Testing
  • *Some Trainings will be scheduled on the weekends

Member Selection Process

  • Meet the living and age requirements.
  • Submit a completed application to the North Liberty Fire Department (Application is below).
  • Your application will be processed and reviewed.
  • Physical ability and written testing will be administered.
  • If applicant passes physical ability and written testing, interviews will be scheduled.
  • After interview, if applicant proceeds, a Fit for Duty health physical will be scheduled.
  • All recruit fire fighters shall pass a criminal background screening prior to their start date.

How To Apply

North Liberty Fire Department uses the City of North Liberty’s general Employment Application form. Click the apply now button below and you will be directed to that site to complete the form online.


If you are unable to complete the online application you can obtain a copy at:

North Liberty Fire Department, 25 W. Cherry St., North Liberty, IA
North Liberty City Hall, 3 Quail Creek Circle, North Liberty, IA

Questions about the process?

Scroll up to view Eligibility, Benefits, Requirements, Probation & Time Commitment.

Have further questions?

Feel free to contact the North Liberty Fire Department with your questions regarding the application process for joining the volunteer force at NLFD.