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Downtown Salt Lake City

Our fire offices are located in the city of Draper, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Draper is about 20 miles south of downtown SLC. The Wasatch Front (the 80 mile stretch of land Between Ogden and Provo) has a population of 1.7 million with Salt Lake City proper having 1.2 million of that. The elevation is approximately 4,300 feet. The area typically receives 16 inches of rain, and around 62 inches of snow annually. The average high temperature in July is 92 degrees Fahrenheit with a low of 62 and in January the high is 37 degrees and a low of 20 degrees.

While government housing is not provided, the surrounding areas provide plenty of in-expensive options. Utah is the fifth most affordable state in the nation, with an average cost of living at 10 percent below the national average. Housing costs, including apartment rentals, are 15 percent below the national average. Rental rates for one-bedroom apartments average $500-660 per month, while two-bedroom apartments for rent average $625-$800. 56 percent of the population is between 20 and 54 years old with the average age being 27.

Salt Lake County is home to various professional sports teams, including the Utah Jazz of the NBA, Real of the MLS, and arena football. There are 30 different venues for sports and Concerts in the area. In the Summers the city puts on “The Twilight Concert Series” in downtown Salt Lake; a free concert once a week for 8 weeks with a variety of up and coming artists from all different genres of music. There are 11 ski resorts within an hour drive of Salt Lake City. The nearby Wasatch Mountains boast world class skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities in “The Greatest Snow on Earth”. In 2002, the Winter Olympic Games were hosted in northern Utah. The spring, summer and fall months offer a variety of outdoor sports, including rock climbing, hiking, mountain climbing, and mountain biking. The Wasatch Mountains tower to heights over 11,000 ft. making them an outdoor mecca. Moab, Utah is just under 4 hours away where you can also enjoy 4x4ing, white water rafting, hiking, climbing, and more mountain biking.


Permanent Employee Benefits

The State of Utah offers a very competitive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, 1.5% employer contribution to 401(k), annual leave, sick leave, holiday pay, and a defined pension. In addition employees may choose to enroll in voluntary benefits such as vision insurance, additional life insurance, long term care, Hyatt Legal, and discounted home and auto insurance.

A benefits summary can be found by by visiting the Department of Human Resources’ website at

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