Jan. 24 marks the start of the hiring process for Minneapolis firefighters
If you’ve ever wanted to be a Minneapolis firefighter, today is your chance to get started on the process. For the first time since 2006, the Minneapolis Fire Department will accept applications for new firefighters beginning Jan. 31, 2013. Applications are available for pick-up now through the application period at all Minneapolis fire stations and the Minneapolis Human Resources Office, 250 South 4th St. - Room 100.
The fire department is seeking a diverse pool of applicants to fill future openings in the department, because 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 firefighters as positions open up.
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, and hold a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
Applications will only be accepted in person and only on these three days: Jan. 31 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Feb. 1 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), and Feb. 2 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 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 now available at any Minneapolis Fire Station or at the City’s Human Resources Office.
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:
Emergency medical services
Hazardous materials response
Confined space and collapse rescue
Published Jan. 24, 2013