Fire Department to accept applications for new firefighters Jan. 31 - Feb. 2

For the first time since 2006, the Minneapolis Fire Department will accept applications for new firefighters beginning Jan. 31, 2013. The fire department will be seeking a diverse pool of applicants to fill future openings in the department as the department is preparing for retirements among many long-time career firefighters in the coming years. Accepting applications is the first step in creating a new firefighter eligibility list that will be used to hire fire fighters as positions open up.

Minimum Qualifications

Firefighters must meet a number of basic job requirements. They must be 18 or older at the time of application, have a valid driver’s license, have the ability to read at a 10th grade level and hold a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Application process

Applications will only be accepted in person and only on these three days: Jan. 31, and Feb. 1-2, 2013. Applications must be submitted in person at the Northeast Armory, 1025 Broadway St. NE. Details about the application and testing process can be found on the Fire Department’s website. Applications are available now at any Minneapolis Fire Station or the Minneapolis Human Resources Office, 250 South 4th St. - Room 100.

Examination process

Submitting an application is the first step in a thorough process, which includes several steps.   Applicants will be asked to take a pass/fail reading comprehension exam and a scored job inventory exam in March.  The top scoring applicants will be asked to then participate in a scored oral interview and pass/fail physical agility test in spring/summer.  Those applicants that complete those exam components successfully will be put on the eligibility list for future hiring within the next two to three years.  Before an applicant is hired, the last step in the examination process is to pass a criminal background check, medical exam and pre-employment drug and alcohol screening.     

About the job

Firefighters work as a team to save and protect life and property at fires or life-threatening emergencies.  In addition to fighting fires, firefighters also provide:


Published Jan 30, 2013