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This information was last updated on June 6, 2014.
The City of Saint Paul received 1,058 approved applicants for the 2014
Firefighter/EMT exam process.

All written exam preparation guides have been mailed to applicants. If you have NOT received your packet in the mail, please contact the Human Resources Office at

The application period for Firefighter/EMT is now closed. You will not be able to submit an application for this position until further notice.

If you did not apply and pay the application fee by 4:30pm on May 28, 2014, you are NOT eligible to participate in the examination process.

Please review the Job Announcement for the Firefighter/EMT job requirements and testing process.

The City recently held a hiring process information session - Watch the video:

Don't forget to sign up for a Tutorial Session!
Written Exam Tutorial Session

A Tutorial is an instructor led class designed to help applicants prepare for the written examination. Tutorials are free and optional. 

Click here for additional information and to register online.

Written Exam Information:

The written exam will be held on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, located at 175 West Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55102. Follow signs to the lobby for check-in. The exam will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude by 3:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. so plan to arrive early. Parking and directions are available here.

You must bring valid photo identification, such as a driver's license or state identification card with you. The identification must include a picture and date of birth. If you do not bring valid identification with you, you will not be allowed to take the exam.

No make up exams will be given. You may NOT bring study guides, dictionaries, calculators, cellphones, recording devices, cameras or any other reference materials or electronic devices to this exam. Any such device/material brought to the test site will be collected by test administrators and held until the conclusion of the examination; any such device/material found in a candidate's possession after the examination begins, will result in disqualification from the exam process.

This exam is an aptitude test and covers a broad range of abilities and characteristics that have been found to be important to the job of Firefighter/EMT. These abilities include basic areas such as reading comprehension, verbal expression, reasoning, and problem sensing. The personal characteristics include work style preferences, attitudes, behaviors and experiences that have been found to be important for this career. You do not need previous Firefighting/EMS experience to do well on this exam.

More details regarding the written exam are provided within the Written Test Preparation Guide that was mailed to candidates upon application and payment of the application fee. Candidates are also encouraged, but not required, to attend a Written Test Tutorial Session. See the link above for registration.

If you are unable to attend a Tutorial Session, a practice test that is provided during the Tutorial Session will be available online at beginning June 10, 2014. The access code for this practice test was given to you on the Firefighter Tutorial Flyer included in the packet of information mailed to you. We will NOT provide this access code over the phone.

You must pass the written exam with a score of 75% or higher in order to participate in the Physical Performance Test.

Residency Points:
The City Council approved a change in residency points which will affect the upcoming Firefighter exam process. Candidates who have been a resident of the City of Saint Paul for at least one (1) year immediately prior to the application deadline shall receive 10 points added to their final passing score. More information will be available at the written exam. 

2014 Firefighter Physical Performance Test

The Physical Performance Test will take place in September or October 2014.

View a video of the Physical Performance Test and receive more information on the "How to Prepare for the Physical Test" tab located at the top left of this page.

2014 Firefighter Salary and Benefits


The 3-month academy, trainee salary is $1,504 / bi-weekly.

Approx. Annual Salary:
Starting - $48,907
3-year - $58,894

Lifelong Career Development Opportunities
Promotional Opportunities
Medical and Hospitalization Insurance
Basic Life Insurance
Paid Holidays
Excellent Sick Leave and Vacation Policy
Great Pension Plan

More Information

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The Fire Department website will provide you with additional information about the Saint Paul Fire Department.

Please review the Firefighter Job Description for more information about the position of Firefighter with the City of Saint Paul.

The City of Saint Paul is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Therefore, we encourage applications from all individuals including persons with disabilities, persons of color, LGBT, and women. 

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