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This information was last updated on March 17, 2015.

The City of Saint Paul is now accepting applications for the next EMS Academy. Economically disadvantaged or at-risk Saint Paul City young adults ages 18-24 are eligible to apply. Applicants must have a G.E.D. or a high school diploma, verification of low-income status, and some form of identification.

The application period closes on April 5, 2015 -

The Office of Human Resources referred a list of names to the Fire Department on January 6, 2015. The Fire Department has already conducted interviews for the Spring 2015 Academy. Additional information will be posted when available. 

Please click here for the video of the information session held on December 6, 2014.

The document for interview suggestions and resume resources is available here.

Please view the link on the left side of the page titled "2014 Firefighter Eligible List" for additional information on this exam process.

As a reminder, candidates will not be eligible for referral, or interview unless the State of Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB) website verifies the candidate has a current State of Minnesota EMT-Basic, or higher, certification. Candidates are responsible to ensure the EMSRB website is up to date and accurate. You may contact the EMSRB for more information at 651-201-2800.


Firefighter/EMTs are expected to protect the life and property of Saint Paul communities by extinguishing fires, treating emergency medical problems, and inspecting property. New employees will be joining a team that is dedicated to providing compassionate, prompt, state of-the-art services to ensure the safety and well-being of the community.

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to lift victims, equipment, and tools of up to 175 lbs, maneuver them around obstacles and under adverse conditions. Firefighter/EMTs will work in difficult work environments including conditions of high heat, low visibility, confined space, on elevated ladder or apparatus, at accident scenes, under pressure or stressful conditions, when fatigued, and under adverse weather conditions, wearing full personal protective equipment.

The ideal candidate will be a leader, able to use his or her interpersonal influence to show initiative, inspire, motivate, and mentor others; be respectful, supportive, flexible, dependable, punctual, and accountable in everyday work and interactions; possess excellent problem solving skills, strong communication skills, and demonstrate a high level of customer service. The successful candidate will demonstrate honesty, integrity, positive and consistent behavior, exercise good judgment and decision making, maintain complete response readiness at all times, and support the safety of one another in a team.

Additional skills or education that are desirable to the City of Saint Paul include fluency in a second language prevalent in Saint Paul; experience working in diverse communities; a historical, cultural, and social connection to Saint Paul and it’s neighborhoods; an Associate’s Degree, or equivalent semester credits; national registration as a Paramedic and able to be certified as a Paramedic in the State of Minnesota; Firefighter I and Firefighter II certifications from the Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board; experience as an emergency medical responder, and as a full-time, volunteer, or military Firefighter.

2015 Firefighter Salary and Benefits:

The 3-month academy, trainee salary is $1,504 / bi-weekly.

Approx. Annual Salary:
Starting - $48,907
3-year - $58,894

Lifelong Career Development Opportunities
Promotional Opportunities
Medical and Hospitalization Insurance
Basic Life Insurance
Paid Holidays
Excellent Sick Leave and Vacation Policy
Great Pension Plan

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The Fire Department website will provide you with additional information about the Saint Paul Fire Department.

Please review the Firefighter Job Description for more information about the position of Firefighter with the City of Saint Paul.

The City of Saint Paul is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, persons of color, members of the LGBT community, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.  

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