For more than 60 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.
2015/2016 Recruitment Timeline
Events held at Fire Station 1, 7800 Golden Valley Rd.
- June 11, 2015, 6-10 pm: Fire Recruitment Expo
- June 25, 2015, 9:30 am & 6:30 pm: Recruitment Meeting
- July 6, 2015, noon: Application Deadline*
- July 16, 2015, 6:30 pm: Written Exam*
- August 6, 2015, 6:30 pm: Physical Ability Practice
- August 10, 2015, 6:30 pm: Physical Ability*
- August 17, 2015, 5 pm: Station One Interviews
- August 18, 2015, 5 pm: Station Two Interviews
- August 20, 2015, 5 pm: Station Three Interviews
- August 24, 2015, 5 pm: Back-up
- Fall, 2015: Psychological Exam
- Fall, 2015: Medical Evaluation
- Fall, 2015: Background Checks
Tentative Start Date: Monday, January 4, 2016
*Candidates will be notified via email of advancement to the next step, based on results. The above schedule is subject to change without notification.
The recruitment timeline only serves as a guide and is subject to change, based on the needs of the City.
2015 Recruitment Events
Fire Recruitment Expo
June 11, 6-10 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 one of the Fire Stations, gather information, and talk to firefighters. More about the open house »
June 25, 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. Open House is at all three Fire Stations.
Become A Paid, On-Call Firefighter
- What We Do
- Salary, Benefits, & Pension
- Respond to fire calls, and extinguish or control fires as a member of a team under the supervision of a fire officer.
- Save lives and property through fire suppression, education, and prevention activities.
- Wear appropriate protective clothing and equipment.
- Act as a first responder at medical emergency calls, performing rescue and first aid as needed.
- Extricate trapped persons.
- Drive and operate firefighting vehicles and equipment.
- Maintain fire apparatus, equipment, and facilities.
- Provide community relations on fire prevention and education.
- Actively participate in drills, demonstrations, and courses in firefighting techniques to maintain and upgrade firefighting skills.
- Provide fire safety programs for commercial and industrial employees.
- Participate in pre-fire planning of structures or target areas.
To be a paid, on-call firefighter, you must:
- be at least 18 years old
- be a high school graduate or equivalent
- have a valid Minnesota Class D driver’s license (with a good driving record)
- have a positive, constructive image and attitude
- live or work within six minutes of a fire station
- have dependable transportation
be in good health and pass a physical exam
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)
- 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, andotherwise 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
- pass a physical abilities test
- pass a background investigation
- pass a written exam
- complete an oral interview
- complete a probation period
- complete basic recruit training
- complete requirements for first responder training
- be available for a reasonable number of fire calls, drills, and meetings
- be available for work detail once every two months
- be able to make decisions regarding the safety of other firefighters and yourself
work as a team member under extremely stressful conditions, such as emergencies and/or dangererous circumstances
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
- wear a pager while on call
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 = $9.53/hour
- 2nd Year: Apprentice Firefighter = $12.69/hour
- 3rd Year: Firefighter = $15.06/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
- social connections and events
- fun and friends
- ability to be a positive community role model
Applications for paid on-call firefighters will be accepted starting Jan 1 of each year.