Contact: Cherie Penn, Asst. Chief of Administration, Fire Department, 612-581-2146

Fire Department begins accepting applications for new firefighters

Thousands are expected to apply in person as the department takes applications for first time since 2006

WHAT:          Thousands of potential firefighters are expected to turn in their applications as the Minneapolis Fire Department begins accepting applications for new firefighters for the first time since 2006. 


WHEN:          10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 31 Fire Chief John Fruetel will be available for interviews.

Applications will be accepted during the following days and times:

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.)


WHERE:         Northeast Armory

1025 Broadway St. NE       

MORE:          From Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, the Minneapolis Fire Department will take applications from people interested in becoming firefighters. The last time the department opened up an applications process was in 2006, and the City received about 1,800 applications.

The fire department is seeking a diverse pool of applicants to fill future openings in the department. 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, and hold a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

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 that is good for two 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

·         Water rescue

·         Inspections

·         Community outreach



Published Jan 30, 2013



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