Fire Department prepares to create a new firefighter eligibility list
To prepare for retirements among long-time career firefighters in the coming years, the Minneapolis Fire Department is taking steps to create a new firefighter eligibility list. The last time the City accepted applications for the list — which is used to hire firefighters as vacancies occur — was 2006.
Application forms can be picked up at any Minneapolis Fire Station or the Minneapolis Human Resources Office, 250 South 4th Street - Room 100, beginning Thursday, Jan. 24.
Applications will be accepted only in person and must be brought to 1025 Broadway Street N.E., Minneapolis. There is a $20 application fee for Minneapolis residents and veterans. There is a $40 fee for all other applicants. Applications will be accepted only on these three days:
- Thursday, Jan. 31 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Friday, Feb. 1 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 2 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Submitting an application is the first step in a thorough process. Individuals who submit applications will be asked to take a written exam in March. The applicants who do best in the written exam will be invited to an interview this spring. Individuals who do well in the initial interview will be asked to take a physical agility test this summer. The people who do well in the physical agility test must then pass a criminal background check, medical exam and pre-employment drug and alcohol screening before their names can be placed on the eligibility list.
Then, over the course of the next two to three years, individuals on the eligibility list can be called in for interviews as firefighting positions open.
Details about the application and testing process can be found on the Fire Department’s Web site.
Firefighter basic job requirements
- Age 18 at time of application
- Valid driver’s license
- High school diploma or GED equivalent
- Grade 10 reading level
- Eyesight no worse than 20/100 correctable to 20/40 in both eyes.
- Hearing at a standard hearing threshold, without correction of no worse than 40 decibel loss on the average at 500, 1000, and 3000 Hertz frequencies in either ear.
Applicants are not required to be Minneapolis residents; however, Minneapolis residents who complete the testing process will be awarded additional exam points.
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
- Water rescue
- Community outreach.
Minneapolis firefighters work a 24-hour shift, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 8 a.m. the following day. A firefighter is on duty an average of 10 days a month, 107 days out of 365 days. During the three months of Firefighter Cadet classroom training, pay is $15.42 per hour. After classroom training is completed, pay is $1,901 every two weeks.
Published Jan. 3, 2013