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Minneapolis opens firefighter applications for first time since 2006

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The Minneapolis Fire Department is opening the application process for new firefighters for the first time since 2006 as it prepares for retirements.

The firefighter hiring process will get underway in January. The city received about 1,800 applications during the 2006 hiring campaign. Accepting applications is the first step in creating a new firefighter eligibility list that will be used to hire firefighters as positions open up.

The Minneapolis Fire Department will be looking for a diverse pool of applicants to fill future openings vacated by long-serving firefighters nearing retirement.


Accepting applications Jan. 31, 2013 through Feb, 2, 2013.


$15.42 hourly during three months of Firefighter Cadet classroom training
$1,901.00 bi-weekly after classroom training.


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 the 365 day year.


18 Years of Age at time of application
Valid Driver's License
High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
Grade 10 Reading Level

Physical Requirements

1. EYESIGHT: No worse than 20/100 correctable to 20/40 in both eyes.

2. HEARING: Must have 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.

3. MEDICAL: All candidates who pass the testing process and receive an offer of employment will be required to pass

The Application Process

Applicants for the position of Firefighter Cadet are not required to be residents of the city of Minneapolis. However applicants who are city of Minneapolis residents until they complete the testing process will be awarded ten (10) additional exam points. All documents presented must be dated to indicate residency at the time of application. Proof of residency must also be presented at the time of the structured interview.

Applications will be available Jan. 24, 2013.

Pick up applications at the following locations:

  • Any Minneapolis Fire Station
  • Minneapolis Human Resources Office:
    250 South 4th St.
    Room 100
    Minneapolis, MN 55415

Applications will only be accepted in person on three days:

  1. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  2. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  3. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

You must apply in person at the NE Armory located at 1025 Broadway Street N.E. Minneapolis, MN 55413.

You will be required to present two of the following to verify residency when turning in your application and again before the structured interview:

  • Valid Drivers License
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Voter Registration
  • Utility Bill
  • Telephone Bill
  • Bank/Mortgage Statement
  • Other Government I.D.
  • Property Tax Statements
  • Vehicle Insurance
  • Pay Stub
  • Credit Card Bill
  • Lease Agreement
  • Homeowners Insurance
  • Tax Return
  • Medical Insurance
  • Homestead Documents

Applicants must possess a valid drivers license with a picture. Temporary drivers licenses must be accompanied by the old picture drivers license.

Residency and Veterans Points: You must present your DD214 at the time of application to receive an additional ten (10) Veterans Points. 15 exam points are awarded to disabled veterans who present proof of disability.

Falsification of any application information is grounds for disqualification or dismissal.

Application Fee: There will be an application fee of $20.00 for Minneapolis residents and/or Veterans and $40.00 for non-Minneapolis residents. (Cash or money orders will only be accepted.)

For more information call 311 Minneapolis 311 or an MFD Recruiter:

MFD Fire Recruiter, Melanie Rucker, Fire Captain

Janis Lajon, Human Resources Consultant

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