For 75 years, Golden Valley residents have relied on so-called ordinary people to protect our community. The Golden Valley Fire Department takes pride in its top-notch firefighters, facilities, equipment, and training. We welcome applications from men and women from all walks of life to continue this tradition of service.

2020 Recruitment Timeline

All events listed below have the possibility to be held virtually to help limit the spread of COVID-19. More information about the event format will be made available as the date approaches.

In-person events held at Fire Station 1, 7800 Golden Valley Rd.

  • Recruitment Meeting: Thu, July 16, 9:30 am & 6:30 pm (attendance strongly recommended)
  • Fire Recruitment Expo: Thu, Aug 6, 6:30 pm - (attendance strongly recommended)
  • Recruitment Meeting: Tue, Aug 11, 1 9:30 am & 6:30 pm (attendance strongly recommended)
  • Application Deadline: Sun, Aug 16, 11:59 pm
  • Online Exam: Sept 28–Oct 4
  • Interviews (via Webex): Oct 7 and 8, 3 pm–TBA

Post-Interview Process (Conditional Offers)

  • Pre-Employment Meeting: Early October
  • Background Checks: October
  • Physical Ability Exam: October
  • Psychological Exam and Background: November
  • Medical Evaluation: November
  • Tentative Start Date: Jan 4, 2021

Candidates are notified of their status throughout the recruitment process via email or phone.

The recruitment timeline serves as a guide and is subject to change, based on the needs of the City.

2020 Recruitment Events

Fire Recruitment Expo

  • Thu, Aug 6, 6:30 pm

Try on gear, practice some firefighting skills, watch a live burn, participate in a Jaws of Life demo, and talk with firefighters about how they make it work in their lives. More about the Fire Expo »

Public Safety Open House

Tour Fire Station 1, gather information, and talk to firefighters. More about the open house »

Recruitment Meetings

  • Thu, July 16, 9:30 am & 6:30 pm
  • Tue, Aug 11 9:30 am & 6:30 pm

Learn details about the hiring process, training, schedules, and more.

Events held at Fire Station 1, 7800 Golden Valley Rd.

Become A Paid, On-Call Firefighter

  • What We Do
  • Requirements
  • Training
  • Salary, Benefits, & Pension
  • Rewards
  • Apply

Under supervision of a lieutenant, firefighters ensure effective and equitable delivery of public safety services, fulfilling fire department objectives.

Primary Duties

  • Respond to calls for service, including but not limited to fires, rescues, and EMS
  • Assist with apparatus and equipment testing and maintenance, as well as building maintenance
  • Operate firefighting vehicles and equipment as needed
  • Act as community stewards, participating in fire prevention/educational activities and providing safety programs for commercial/industrial employees
  • Gain valuable skills and confidence in firefighting techniques while participating in live burn demonstrations, drills, and trainings on a regular basis

To be a paid, on-call firefighter, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have a high school diploma or GED
  • have a valid Minnesota Class D driver’s license and clean driving record)
  • have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • be able to complete the requirements of the job with or without reasonable accommodations
  • complete and pass prescribed pre-employment exams
  • live or work within nine minutes of a fire station
  • have dependable transportation
  • Firefighters must be able to:

    • see normally, with or without visual correction
    • hear normally (ie, discriminate among similar sounds in environments with a large amount of background noise)
      speak effectively
    • lift or drag a minimum of 100 lbs at waist height and lift 50 lbs over their heads
    • walk or crawl while carrying or lifting
    • ascend and descend stairs and ladders
    • balance and steady oneself to keep from falling
    • reach and extend arms or hands in any direction
    • handle by seizing, holding, grasping, turning, and otherwise work with hands
    • work with fingers (pinching, picking, etc)
    • feel by means of skin receptors, particularly those of the fingertips, the attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature, and texture
    • apply a leg lock with either leg upon a ground ladder, providing a safe anchor while operating hose lines and/or performing rescue work
  • While wearing protective gear weighing approximately 25 pounds and a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus weighing approximately 35 pounds, a firefighter will:

    • work in extremely cold or hot temperatures
    • encounter wet conditions and high humidity
    • work in extreme heat and smoke-filled environments
    • be exposed to a variety of physical hazards (ie, damaged structures, moving mechanical equipment, electrical equipment, and high places)
    • encounter noise and/or vibration exceeding 80 decibels

Initial training lasts approximately two years and consists of:

  • Firefighter I & II Fire Service Certification
  • Hazardous Materials - Operational Level
  • First Responder to Emergency Medical Incidents
  • Fire Apparatus Operator


  • 1st Year: Firefighter in Training = $12.05/hour
  • 2nd Year: Apprentice Firefighter = $15/hour
  • 3rd Year: Firefighter = $17.65/hour

Members of the Golden Valley Fire Department must also be members of the Golden Valley Fire Relief Association, which handles the pension plan for firefighters.

  • When firefighters leave the fire department, the pension is payable as a lump sum at the minimum age of 50.
  • Firefighters are vested after 10 years of service.
  • Firefighters who retire after 20 years of service receive a 100% service pension.
  • Firefighters who choose to leave the fire department after 10 years of service will receive 60% of their pension. Firefighters who stay longer than 10 years but leave before 20 years receive a pension that is pro-rated per year, up to 20 years of service (example: 11 years=64%, 12 years=68%, 13 years=72%, etc).
  • Firefighters are also eligible for disability benefits.

Becoming a paid, on-call firefighter can be personally rewarding in many ways, including:

  • increased self-confidence
  • experience
  • responsibility
  • social connections and events
  • fun and friends
  • ability to be a positive community role model

Applications for paid on-call firefighters are now being accepted for 2020.

Meet Some Of Our Firefighters

Aila Crumley Curtis Smith Dom Guzman Eric Viegas Jamie Kelahan Jeff Piper Max Hazledine Tom Bloxsom Drew Gerling Jason Hoffrogge Chris Gemlo Josh Richardson Steve Yingst Ken Bence Ben Vogel

We Want To Thank Our Retired Firefighters For Their Service

Marc Berris Mike Pellizer Steve Baker Tim Gerrits Brian Crow Jenny Toavs Andy Hutson Dave Comb