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The Minneapolis Fire Department

Fire Chief John Fruetel

The Minneapolis Fire Department is led by John Fruetel. Chief Fruetel has served in the department for more than 30 years, where he began his service in 1979. He has held the position of firefighter, fire captain, battalion chief, duty deputy chief, deputy chief of training and assistant chief of operations. He began his tenure as the Fire Chief on March 1, 2012.

Chief Fruetel is committed to firefighter safety, prevention and education, and community engagement. The Minneapolis Fire Department has a proud history of providing emergency response to the City of Minneapolis. People who live, work, and play in Minneapolis receive superior emergency service from a highly skilled workforce. Minneapolis firefighters are trained to respond to structure fires, medical emergencies, emergencies on lakes and rivers, technical and hazardous materials crises, and natural disasters citywide. The department recruits and develops a diverse workforce that respects individual differences. Chief Fruetel prides himself on leading a department of firefighters who enrich the city while serving in the community.

Mission Statement

The Minneapolis Fire Department is a customer service organization committed to providing professional emergency and non-emergency services to protect lives, property and the environment of our community and the region we serve.

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The EMS Pathways Academy is a partnership between the Minneapolis Fire Department, the Minneapolis Foundation, Hennepin County Medical Center, Project for Pride and Living, and other healthcare organizations. The goal is to provide a pipeline of diverse candidates for the Minneapolis Fire Department and the emergency medical workforce of our community. This student internship career pathway will target low-income, minority, male and female young adults of Minneapolis between the ages of 18-30, to be eligible to receive free Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training and certification. All are welcome to apply.

Becoming a certified Emergency Medical Technician opens the door to many career paths. This is a rapidly expanding field and as more jobs for EMTs are created, demand will increase for qualified candidates that reflect the multilingual and culturally diverse communities we serve. Upon completion of the EMS Pathways Academy, graduates are eligible to earn National EMT certification, college credits, and job competency training. Note: This program is in place for applicants who do not currently have an EMT certification. Applicants will not qualify for the program if they have a current EMT certification.


The City of Minneapolis EMS Pathways Academy will be a 12 week program, held at a central location downtown Minneapolis. Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. beginning May 16, 2016 through August 12, 2016. There is no cost to apply. Participants are paid $14.93 hourly.


Step 1: Everyone is encouraged to apply!


Program Requirements include:

  • You must be authorized to work in the United States.
  • You must have obtained a High School Diploma or GED.
  • You must pass the TABE survey which measures reading comprehension and math ability.
  • You must be prepared to participate on a part-time basis (16 hours a week) for up to 12 weeks.
  • You must demonstrate your physical ability during a screening to perform the duties of an EMT.

Step 2: Attend an information session to learn more about the program: 


Tuesday, April 5
6:30-8 p.m.
Minneapolis Urban League
2100 Plymouth Ave. N.

Thursday, April 7
6:30-8 p.m.
Sabathani Community Center
310 E. 38th St.

Saturday, April 9
1-2:30 p.m.
Sabathani Community Center
310 E. 38th St.

Saturday, April 9
4-5:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Urban League
2100 Plymouth Ave. N.

Step 3: Apply for the EMS Academy here

The application process has ended.  For more information visit the City of Minneapolis Internship Job Opportunities (TeamMinneapolis) page.


 Step 4: Schedule a screening session

Once it is determined that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be asked to schedule your reading assessment and math assessment and upon passing the assessment, you will be invited to participate in a screening session.
For more information call 612-673-2890 or email/text

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Last updated May 25, 2016