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

June 17
Tour one of the Fire Stations, gather information, and talk to firefighters. More about the open house »

Recruitment Meetings

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
  • Requirements
  • Training
  • Salary, Benefits, & Pension
  • Rewards
  • Apply

Primary Duties

  • 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)
      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, 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
  • experience
  • responsibility
  • 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.


Meet Some Of Our Firefighters

  • Greg Prest
  • Chris Gemlo
  • Drew Gerling
  • Steve Baker
  • Jason Hoffrogge
  • Marc Berris
  • Jenny Toavs
  • Tim Gerrits
  • Josh Richardson
  • Brian Crow
  • Steve Yingst
  • Ken Bence
  • Ben Vogel
  • Curtis Smith
  • Andy Hutson
  • Mike Pellizer
  • Dave Comb