GVFD Celebrates 75 Years Of Serving The Community
May 16, 2018
The Golden Valley Fire Department is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and is more committed than ever to making Golden Valley a safer city. The City needs more paid on-call firefighters and the Fire Department wants to show you that becoming a firefighter is a challenge almost anyone can take on.
75 Years Of Firefighting
It all started with a house fire in 1942 that didn’t receive any assistance from the area fire departments. A group of neighbors rallied together to successfully put the fire out which sparked the need for Golden Valley to have its own fire department. A year later, the Golden Valley Fire Department, staffed by 39 volunteer firefighters, was established.
Today, the GVFD has three fire stations and nearly 60 employees, including 50 paid on-call firefighters.
GVFD Wants You
Firefighting is a skills-driven commitment that will leave you prepared to face any number of unique challenges, both as a firefighter and a civilian. If this sounds like a challenge you’re willing to take on, the City is hosting a few informational meetings and demonstrations.
- June 14, 6-10 pm — Firefighter Recruitment Expo
Participants will be able to try on gear, practice some firefighting skills, take part in a Jaws of Life demo, and more. Golden Valley firefighters will be on hand to chat one-on-one about how they balance day jobs, families, and firefighting, where they find the time, and why they keep doing it.
- June 28, 9:30 am & 6:30 pm — Firefighter Recruitment Meetings
All events will be held at Golden Valley Fire Department Station 1, 7700 Golden Valley Rd.
To be a Golden Valley firefighter, you must live or work within six minutes of a City fire station and be age 18 or older. It also helps to be in good shape and have a clean driving and criminal record. Beyond that, it’s a matter of what you’re willing to give of yourself and your time.