GVFD Celebrates 75 Years Of Serving The Community

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.

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