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 living in the fire district are required to do  24 hours of on-call per month, of which you can respond from home.
  • Members living outside of the fire district are required to do 32 hours of on-call per month, of which you respond from the firehouse.

Probationary Period

  • All new members shall spend the first twelve (12) months on probation.
  • Members must have a majority vote at the end of the first 6 months and completion of the 1st year to remain on the department and complete the probationary period.
  • The first two years will be very challenging but also very rewarding.

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.
  • If selected, you will be contacted for a interview once a position(s) come open.
  • The interview will be scored. Approval is required by both the Interview Committee & Fire Chief to become a recruit fire fighter.
  • All recruit fire fighters shall pass a medical examination and criminal background screening prior to their start date.

How To Apply

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How To Submit Your Application:

1) Upload and submit your application on the form below.


2) Email your completed application (Click Here)


3) Mail your application to:
North Liberty Fire Department
Attention: Interview Committee
PO Box 77, North Liberty, IA 52317


4) Drop off your application to:
North Liberty Fire Department
25 W. Cherry St., North Liberty, IA 52317

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