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Firefighter Information Page
This information was last updated on April 9, 2014.

The 2010 Firefighter Eligible List is still active. 

The City of Saint Paul will accept online applications for Firefighter beginning May 1, 2014 thru May 28, 2014 at 4:30pm.

A $50 application fee will be required, however, Economic Hardship Waiver applications will also be available for those who qualify.


Candidates will be expected to pass a written and physical exam prior to being placed on the hiring eligiblity list. The written exam will be given on July 15, 2014 and the physical exams will take place in September/October 2014.


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2014 Firefighter Salary and Benefits
The 3-month Academy, Firefighter Trainee Salary:
$1,504 (Bi-weekly)

Firefighter Annual Salary after the Academy:
Starting: $48,907
3-year: $62,856

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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2014 Firefighter Requirements
- High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) by December 31, 2014.
- Must be 18 years of age by December 31, 2014.
- Must possess and maintain a valid Minnesota Class D Driver's License by December 31, 2014, or equivalent out-of-state driver's license. The driver's license must have no suspensions or revocations for driving-related offenses within the two year period prior to the date of appointment. Suspensions for parking-related offenses are excluded.
- Must show proof of current State of Minnesota Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification. Candidates may participate in the testing process and be placed on the eligible list without submitting proof of EMT certification, however, EMT certification is required prior to interview. 


The Ideal Candidate
Firefighters 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.

The ideal candidate will be a leader, able to use his or her interpersonal influence to show initiative, inspire, motivate, and mentor others; be 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 positive, consistent behavior, maintain complete response readiness at all times, and support the safety of one another in a team.

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to lift victims, equipment, and tools of up to 175 lbs, maneuver them around obstacles and under adverse conditions. Firefighters 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, and under adverse weather conditions wearing full personal protective equipment.

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; 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 Certification Board; experience as an emergency medical responder, or as a full-time, volunteer, or military Firefighter.

Paramedics possess the highly skilled techniques of advanced life support and emergency care procedures. Career opportunities are available with hospitals, clinics, ambulance services, police, fire, and rescue departments. Saint Paul Fire also finds these skills desirable. Community Colleges are currently accepting applications for future enrollment.

More Information

The North Star Women's Firefighter Association is a great resource for women interested in a career in the fire service.


The City of Saint Paul is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Therefore, we encourage applications from all individuals including persons with disabilities, persons of color, LGBT, and women.

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