2,805 people submit firefighter applications

When Fire Department leaders determined that it was time to open its firefighter eligibility list, they knew there would be a lot of interest. And they were right: over the course of the three-day, in-person application period, 2,805 applications were submitted.

Now, the long process to narrow that list is under way.

Individuals who submitted applications took the Fire Cadet written exams last week at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Of the 2,805 applicants, approximately 2,200 took the written exams.

The exams were administered over the course of four days — March 19 – 22 — with more than 500 applicants taking the test each time. More than 40 staff members from Human Resources and the Fire Department volunteered to help administer the 5½-hours of tests. The first of two exams helped the City get to know the applicants and understand their qualifications for the job. The second exam was a reading comprehension test.

With the written exam behind them, the top 300 applicants will be invited to an interview later this spring. Those individuals will then be asked to take a physical agility test this summer.

The people who complete the physical agility test will then be placed on the eligibility list. The eligibility list is good for two years. As job openings become available, the Fire Department would turn to its eligibility list. Before being offered employment as a fire cadet, applicants must pass a criminal background check, medical exam and pre-employment drug and alcohol screening.

The last time the City accepted applications for the eligibility list — which is used to hire firefighters as vacancies occur — was 2006. The department is creating a new eligibility list to prepare for retirements among long-time career firefighters that it anticipates in the coming years.

In addition to fighting fires, firefighters also provide emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, water rescues and community outreach.

 

Published Mar. 27, 2013