Fire Department General Information
- A total of 50 full-time Fire Department employees operate out of three stations.
- We have three engines (pumpers), one aerial ladder truck, three brush trucks, three paramedic rescue squads, five ambulances, one 2300 gallon water tender (tanker), two aircraft firefighting units, and a hazardous materials and technical rescue truck.
- The Logan Fire Department also protects the cities of River Heights, Providence, and the areas of College/Young Ward and Logan Canyon.
- The Logan Fire Department can provide a free smoke or carbon monoxide detector to any Logan citizens who are elderly, disabled, or low income.
How to Become a Firefighter
This page will show you two things. First, what general steps must be taken to get the knowledge and skills required to become a firefighter in general. Second, the requirements that must be met and tests that must be taken to become a Logan City Fire Fighter.
This section is intended to give you an idea of what the testing and application process is like to become a firefighter. The testing and application processes are similar between departments. You will find that there are usually small differences but the following will give you a good idea of what to expect.
Before the tests (Applying):
Most departments will require that you have certain certifications before you apply for a position. Common certifications that are required are: Firefighter I, Firefighter II, EMT-B, EMT-A and HazMat certifications. Not all of these will be required but several of them may (see becoming a Logan Firefighter to see the requirements at Logan Fire). Make sure that you have the requirements met before you go through the work of applying. You generally will not be scheduled to test if you don't meet all the requirements.
When you fill out an application for a firefighter position make sure that you fill out your application/resume completely and neatly. Do the best job you can. Often these applications/resumes are scored and can be used to rank you against other applicants. An application and testing fee usually must be paid when the application is submitted. You will not be allowed to test if you haven't paid this fee. Make sure you pay it on time.
Firefighter tests only happen once a year or once every other year so departments often offer a interest card to notify you when testing will take place. An interest card is a postcard that you fill out containing information such as your address, name and so forth. When a department is ready to test they take the interest card you filled out and send it back to you. You then know that the department is ready to test and you can request an application and testing information. Make sure that you know how it works in each individual department.
Once you you have your application turned in and it meets all of the before mentioned requirements you will be sent a packet that tells you what the testing will be like for that department. There are usually five steps to involved in the selection process.
1st Step - Written Test:
The written test and the physical test may or may not be held on the same day. The written test may include some math skills, spelling and grammar skills, map reading skills, decision making skills and interpersonal skills. It is sometimes difficult to study for these tests but you can get books that will explain what to expect. You can check them out at the library.
2nd Step - Physical Test:Logan Fire Department Physical Test Video
Take a look at the video to see the test. Logan Fire uses this test and many more have similar tests. Tests are designed to have firefighter skills incorporated but still be simple enough for the average person to perform even if they have no firefighting experience. This is usually a pass or fail test. Either you make the allotted time or you don't.
3rd Step - Oral Interview Board:
The Oral Interview Board can also vary from department to department. It is usually proctored by the firefighters and/or chief officers who will ask the candidates, who have made it through the written test and the physical test, open ended questions. These questions may or may not be related to firefighting knowledge. If the department has the requirement of firefighting knowledge or certifications then look for some knowledge questions. Many of the questions however will likely be questions where you will have to make a decision and explain why you made that decision. This interview will rated and have an effect on your ranking.
4th Step - Ranking:
After you complete the first three steps of the testing process your scores on the tests and points that may be awarded for your experience will be totaled. All participants will be ranked according to their point totals. The top five guys are often the first to interview according to the rule of five. It is to your advantage to be in the top five so that you have the first shot at being hired. Not all departments use this rule but a great deal do. No matter how many guys the department chooses to move on there is one last process before the final choice is made, the Officers interview.
5th Step - Officers Interview:
You will be contacted with a time and a place to for your interview. The questions that are asked in this interview vary greatly but are usually decision making and questions to find out what kind of employee you will be. If you can find out from a firefighter that already works with department what attributes are important in that department it might give you a leg up. It is important to dress nicely and I would recommend not wearing uniforms from other stations. Some people like it some don't but it is better to remain neutral.
Fire Department testing is a lengthy and patience testing process. Fire departments want the best and they want to make sure that you want to be a firefighter bad enough to see the process all the way through. If you look at this process and it seems like more than you want to do your not ready to be a firefighter. If you are ready and willing to test realize that it is a long process. That way you don't get frustrated with how long things are taking.
At Logan City Fire Department are testing is similar to what was explained above. We are looking for firefighters who are interested in responding to a great deal of medical calls. We are looking for people who want to make a career and a life here in Logan.
All applicants for the position must be certified to the Firefighter II and EMT-A level. You must have these certifications completed before you apply. Having additional certifications related to firefighting and emergency medicine will help you later in the hiring process but aren't required. A college degree in any field will also help you especially if it is in a fire related field.
The following is how tests have been administered in the past and are subject to change at anytime. They are provided here to give the reader a general idea of what takes place in the testing process at Logan Fire Department. Future tests may differ.
1. Our test starts out with a written test in the morning out of which 50 or so applicants will advance to the physical test. The written test is like the one explained in the previous section. The test will be immediately graded and applicants that advance will be notified before they leave the testing area.
2. The next step is the physical test and will be held the same day as the written so that those who had to travel to test will only have to make one trip. There will be a short break between the written and the physical test so it is a good idea to eat something small the keep up your energy level. This test has many parts that won't be explained here. You will be notified before you come to test of what to wear and what the test will contain. Be aware that the test has a great deal of upper-body muscular strength. Our test is fast paced and requires a great deal of muscular endurance. This is a pass/fail test. If everyone of the applicants can pass the physical test then they will all move on.
3. The third step is the oral board. This test is scored according to answers you provide to certain questions. All applicants are given the same questions. There will be a fairly large group of question askers so that the judging will be fair. This is an intimidating situation to find yourself in. It is a good idea to practice answering fire related questions before coming to the oral board. Questions may be asked to see how you make decisions and how well you think on your feet. You have to be able to make quick and rational decisions. This test will not be held on the same day as the other two (the written and physical tests. A scheduled time will be given to you at physical test as to what day and time your oral board will be held. You are not able to change the times that you will receive the oral board.
4. After the oral board is complete and all the scores from the three tests are complete all the scores will be tallied, extra points for experience and education will be added and a list will be created. Applicants will be placed on the list in order of there scores.
5. If need be, some of these top candidates may be interviewed a second time before the final decision is made. After the interviews are complete the chosen candidate(s) are hired.
Life as a firefighter in Logan is amazing. It is well worth the effort. These tests are designed to find those people who are good decision makers, physically fit, mentally strong, persistent, and committed. Going through the testing process from start to finish shows that you have what it takes to be a firefighter. Come and test with us! See if you have what it takes to be a Logan firefighter.
You can fill out an interest card anytime you like and we will send it back to you before we test along with an application and information on how and when the tests will be performed.
Does the Logan Fire Department cooperate with and assist other fire agencies?
Yes! The Logan Fire Department has automatic and mutual aid agreements with the other fire departments in Cache Valley. Those other agencies are "pre-programmed" into our dispatch computer and are automatically called upon when Logan units are tied up on other emergencies or when additional help is needed in the Logan coverage area to handle a large emergency. Conversely, the Logan Fire Department is also pre-programmed to respond similarly to other cities and towns in Cache Valley that need similar help.
Why does the Fire Department respond to medical emergencies with a fire truck?
In a nutshell, we have to "take the fire station with us to every call." The Logan Fire Department responds to an average of about 10 emergencies each day with very limited staffing (two fire crews and two medical crews). The calls tend to "come in bunches" of two, three, four at a time. The calls range from auto and structure fires to medical emergencies, vehicle extrications, hazardous materials spills, carbon monoxide calls, etc. We take a large "pumper" to the medical calls, in addition to the ambulance, because on most medical emergencies we need at least four personnel and, yet, the personnel on the pumper must be ready with the right equipment to respond to the next emergency.
Are the men working as firefighters also running the ambulances?
Yes, all of our firefighters are also trained as Paramedics or EMT-I's. Each day personnel are rotated through assignments so they spend time in each position.
Are there any ambulances stationed at the hospital?
No, there are no ambulances stationed at the hospital. The ambulances are stationed in Logan, Smithfield and Hyrum fire stations.
Do I always need to pull to the right when emergency vehicles are approaching?
Yes, drivers of emergency vehicles are taught to pass everyone on the left side. You should always pull to the right to allow them to pass on the left. If you find yourself in a precarious position where you are stopped but feel like you are in the way just remain stopped and we will go around you. Even if you are traveling the opposite direction of an emergency vehicle pull over and stop because they may need to turn left through your lane of traffic.
Does the fire department pass off Scouting merit badge skills?
Yes, we will pass of certain skills upon request. We do not currently have the resources to teach and pass off entire merit badges. Instructors, please call and specify which skills you would like us to help you with. We would love to help you learn about fire safety, first aid, safety and emergency preparedness. Call (435) 716-9500 to set up an appointment.
As part of their training, persons involved in the delivery of emergency services are offered the opportunity to ride-along with the Logan City Fire Department response units. A ride-along is a chance to ride on a fire or medical apparatus and watch as firefighters, paramedics and EMT's perform their duties.
The safety and well-being of our personnel, facilities, and constituents is our first priority. Therefore, strict adherence to the following instructions is necessary in order to safeguard participants and to minimize the possibility of interference with normal departmental activities. Failure to comply with the following may result in the denial or termination of the request for a ride-along.
Steps to Request a Ride-Along
Step 1Obtain a Ride-Along Request Packet from the Logan City Fire Department. These packets are kept in the secretaries office at station 70, 76 East 200 North Logan, Utah 84321 or may be downloaded here. The packet includes:
- Application for Criminal History Record Review
- Declaration of Assumption of Risk Release of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement
- A copy of the Ride-Along Policy (Listed at the bottom of this page)
- A Record of Ride-Along
This request EXPIRES 30 days from the date the ride-along packet was mailed or issued.
Step 2Obtain the Criminal History Record review following the instructions provided. IMPORTANT: Have the records sent directly to Logan Fire Department “Attn Chief Mark Meaker”. We accept no responsibility for records lost or misplaced in the mail.
Candidates whose fingerprints result in an Official Utah Computerized Criminal History Report that verifies "No Criminal Record Found" shall be allowed to participate in a ride-along (unless otherwise countermanded by the Fire Chief who retains full discretion in this matter) so long as he or she fully complies with all other department “Ride-Along Policies".
Candidates whose Utah Computerized Criminal History Report verifies a past criminal record must be brought to the attention of Logan City Fire Department Administration prior to the scheduled Ride-Along for further evaluation by the Fire Chief and/or other delegated senior management staff before approval or denial of the request is made.
Normally, absent special mitigating circumstances or information, the department will reject candidates for ride-alongs of any kind if they have been arrested or arrested and convicted for theft, robbery, a violent crime, or drug, alcohol or other substance abuse. In exercising this discretion, the department will place the safety and well-being of its personnel, facilities, and constituents ahead of the need for the candidate to secure the ride-along. No candidate that is evaluated as posing a significant potential risk shall be allowed to participate in the ride-along program. In cases where no significant potential risk is assessed, Captains or OIC shall nonetheless be advised of the ride-along's criminal history where they are being allowed to participate in the ride along program.
Step 3Schedule a Ride-Along date and time with the Logan City Fire Department secretary at 716-9517. The time and date you sign up for shall be your only scheduled ride-along unless it is changed by the Fire Department. In the event the apparatus cannot safely accommodate a ride-along, or other unforeseen circumstances arise, it may be necessary to reschedule your ride-along.
If you are unable to keep your appointment, please notify the fire station as soon as possible.
Step 4Read and be familiar with the Ride-Along Policy
Step 5Report to the Fire Department at your assigned date and time. Please enter the front door and come to the department secretaries office. If the door is locked ring the front door bell, state your business and ask for the Captain on duty. If the fire station is empty, you may wait for the crews to return. (Do not go in the station.).
Keep in mind that most parking around the station is three-hour parking. The fire department is not responsible for any citations. Do not park in the "Fire Department Only" parking areas without obtaining a parking pass from the department secretary.
Step 6A "Declaration of Assumption of Risk" document must be signed at the fire station before you ride along.
Ride-Alongs will sign all forms provided by the Fire Department. The forms will be submitted when you first report for your ride-along. Failure to do so may terminate your ride-along. Forms shall be kept on file by the department secretary.
Ride-Alongs will be issued a reflective vest compliant with current DOT and ANSI regulations and a fanny pack containing Gloves, Eye protection, and mask.
Step 7When the ride along-period is over, inform the Captain that you are leaving and have the Captain or OIC fill out and initial the Record of Ride-Along Form for your records (original goes to ride-along copy goes to department secretary to be filed chronologically) and return the vest and fanny pack.
Ride-along period:Any four hour segment between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
You may not request a ride-along within ninety (90) days of a prior ride-along. EMT students may have an opportunity to ride more often.
- Persons riding along are under the complete control of the captains, the lead paramedic, or the lead EMT at all times. The on-duty Captain has the authority to terminate any ride-along session for misbehavior or failure to follow the agreed upon rules.
- The Ride-Along shall wear the reflective vest anytime they leave the station with the crews.
- The Ride-Along shall don Eye protection and gloves prior to leaving the cab of the apparatus.
- While the fanny pack contains a particle mask the Ride-Along should never purposefully be allowed into an area where the use of this mask would be required.
- The ride-along may not leave the cab at the scene of an incident without instructions from the captain, the lead paramedic or the lead EMT.
- The ride-along is not to converse with victims or members of the public unless directed to do so.
- Persons riding along shall not interfere with fire or EMS company activities at any time.
- Tape recorders, cameras or other recording devices shall not be permitted.
- Ride-Alongs shall act professionally and think SAFETY AT ALL TIMES during the ride-along period. If they have a problem of any kind, they should speak to the Captain, OIC or Lead Paramedic immediately.
- Ride-along participants are NOT allowed in the dormitory or locker room areas of the station, nor around the fire pole.
- Ride-Alongs will not be left in the station alone. They will go with the apparatus or leave the station.
- Ride along participants are NOT allowed to use any department TV’s, computers, networks, other department equipment.
- Persons riding-along shall be physically able to enter and exit an enclosed cab fire engine or ambulance without assistance and in a manner that will not hinder Fire Department operations. All persons riding along shall be able to effectively communicate with all Fire Department members.
- No one under the age of 16 will be permitted to ride.
- Non-EMS ride-alongs will ride the squad, engine, truck or staff vehicles but they will not ride on ambulances unless authorized by the fire chief.
- All ride-alongs shall be scheduled in advance on the station calendar.
Grooming and Dress.
- Hair must be clean, well groomed, neatly trimmed and styled in a manner as to not interfere with vision or create a safety hazard. Hair that is such that it may interfere as described must be pulled back and secured in a ponytail. Hairstyles or coloring that would draw attention or appear as a substantial deviation from the community norm are not acceptable.
- Facial hair is permitted. Beards and mustaches must be neatly trimmed and cannot be of such length as to interfere with job performance or create a safety hazard.
- Ride-Alongs are not to wear earrings, nose rings, or other facial jewelry while performing clinical time. Any jewelry that interferes in any way with job performance shall not be worn.
- Sweat pants, shorts, skirts or dresses may not be worn during your ride-along period. Pants must be clean and of durable material. Pants must be free of holes and must not be faded or baggy.
- Clothing with offensive writing or pictures shall NOT be permitted during the ride-along period. Failure to abide by this may cause termination of the ride-along. Shirts that display the Logan City Fire Department logo are not allowed. Shirts must be collared, clean, fit well and be free of holes.
- Open-toed shoes may not be worn. Shoes with skid-resistant soles are mandatory. Shoes must be durable and suitable for hiking or other activities.
- Baseball caps are acceptable. The Logan City Fire Department logo cannot be displayed on the hats nor any slogan which can be interpreted as offensive. Stocking caps can be worn if the weather conditions warrant their use.
- Professional attire and good hygiene shall be required at all times.
- Paramedic ride-alongs should bring turnout gear if they have it.
- Questionable cases of proper grooming shall be referred to the Duty chief who will make the final determination.
SCOPE: This policy covers all ride-alongs including all officers and administrators as indicated below.RESPONSIBILITY:
It shall be the responsibility of the captain or officer in charge to see that all ride-alongs adhere to this policy. It shall also be the responsibility of the captain or officer in charge to see that the "Ride-Along Packet" is properly filled out and signed. It shall be the responsibility of Weber State Paramedic School to furnish the fire department with a schedule of their paramedic and pre-paramedic student ride-alongs. The EMT class instructors will then be responsible to obtain a copy of the schedule and schedule their EMT students to ride on the particular days assigned to their classes. All others riding along with special permission from the fire chief or administrative chief shall be scheduled by the administrative secretary or the administrative chief.
So you love firefighters as much as the kids in the video and would like to come to the fire station and see what goes on here. What can you see?
- Fire Engines
- Fire Trucks (find out the difference between the two)
- Fire Pole
- Firefighter clothing
- Find about the odd hours firefighters work
- Extrication equipment (jaws of life)
- Hazardous materials equipment
- Medical equipment
- Are the guys that are firemen also on the ambulance?
- How we live, cook, sleep and work.
- You may even watch real calls leaving the station.
Who can come to the fire station?
Everyone is invited to the station. We do ask that you make an appointment. We often have duties
such as training that take us out of the station. Making an appointment will ensure that someone
will be in the station for your group. We often have groups such as:
- Scout Groups (bring your requirements, we can pass you off)
- Church groups
- Family home evening
- Special needs groups
- School groups
- Preschool groups
- Civic Organizations
- Any one who wants to come
Can we visit the new Hillcrest Station?
There are three stations, you can visit any of them. Station 70 is located in the center of Logan at 76 E 200 N. The Hillcrest Station, Station 71, is located at 1244 E 1100 N. Our newest station, Station 72, is located at 573 W Golf Course Rd. Use the number below to set up an appointment at any station.