Firefighter Information

This information was last updated on June 18, 2018.

The Firefighter/EMT application is now closed. 

Please note: Written exam scores will be sent to candidates via email within 3 weeks. If you passed the exam, directions on how to sign up for practice sessions will be included in that email.


Firefighter/EMT Hiring Process Timeline

July 11-21: First Round of Physical Test Practice Sessions (including an orientation to the test and equipment)

August 8-18: Second Round of Physical Test Practice Sessions

September 5-15: Third Round of Physical Test Practice Sessions

September 17-28: Physical Performance Tests

October 1, 2018: Deadline to have MN EMT Certification in order to participate in interviews

End of October 2018: Interviews

November 2018, December 2018, January 2019: Background checks, medical exams and psychological exams

February 2019: Academy begins


Training Manual

Saint Paul Fire Department has designed this training manual written for individuals who are in the beginning phase of training for the Saint Paul Firefighter/EMT Physical Performance Test. This manual is only a sample of exercises to get you started, as you progress it is recommended to increase the intensity and frequency of your workouts. Firefighter/EMT Physical Performance Test

Training Manual

Part 1 - Training Manual
Part 2 - Workout Calendar Sample
Part 3 - Workout Calendar Blank
Part 4 - Exercise Appendix
Part 5 - Prep Guide

Firefighter/EMT Fitness & Engagement Program       

Thank you to all of the participants that has attended our sessions and provided feedback to the Fitness & Engagement program. All future sessions will be advertised only to Firefighter/EMT applicants. 

Firefighter/EMT Career Information Slide

In this slide you will find information on the Saint Paul Firefighter/EMT position, testing process, and hiring timeline. 
Firefighter/EMT Career Information Slide

Upcoming Women's Fire Service Expo

North Star Women's Firefighter Association is hosting a Women's Fire Service Expo. Join them for a full day of fun, excitement, learning, and team building! 

Saturday, June 23, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
City of Elk River Public Works
19000 Proctor Road Northwest
Elk River, MN 55330

To Register Click Here

Watch our Firefighter/EMT go through the Physical Performance Test. 

The Ideal Firefighter/EMT Candidate

The ideal candidate for the position of Firefighter/EMT possesses the following characteristics and abilities:

  • Is a leader and demonstrates initiative, accountability and respect
  • Displays and practices integrity
  • Communicates well with others and demonstrates empathy and compassion
  • Demonstrates self-control during intense and chaotic situations
  • Supports the safety of one another in a team
  • Solves problems and makes decisions both as an individual and as a team
  • Maintains physical fitness
  • Understands the diverse communities of Saint Paul and has a connection to its neighborhoods
2018 Firefighter/EMT Salary and Benefits

The 4-month academy, trainee salary is $20.45 per hour.

  • Approx. Annual Salary: $53,000
  • Lifelong Career Development Opportunities
  • Promotional Opportunities
  • Medical and Hospitalization Insurance
  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Excellent Sick Leave and Vacation Policy
  • Great Pension Plan

Firefighter/EMT Newsletter Archive 

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The Saint Paul Fire Department will provide you with additional information. 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 Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity employer. Veterans, women, persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.