This information was last updated on June 07, 2021

The Firefighter/EMT application is now closed. Please fill out the Firefighter/EMT Interest Form to be notified of the next SPFD Firefighter/EMT hiring process.

Preference Points

Preference points will be added to Firefighter/EMT candidates' passing final score, which is a combination of the candidates' Written and Physical Performance Test score. 

Residence's Preference Points.

Due to reported confusion between the documentation required for residency points and the documentation required for the residency fee exemption for the 2018 Firefighter/EMT hiring process, the City of Saint Paul will allow candidates to submit documentation for residency points at any time during the length of the eligible list. In order to receive these points in time for the next round of hiring, however, it is recommended that the documentation be submitted as soon as possible. 

Candidates must have been a resident of the City of Saint Paul for at least one (1) year immediately prior to the application deadline of May 11, 2018. Candidates are still required to submit a copy of their current driver’s license or government issued ID with current address, AND at least three (3) forms of irrefutable evidence to substantiate that on the application deadline of the exam, and one year prior to said date, the candidate was a resident of the City of Saint Paul. The request for residency points form is below, which states what documentation is required to submit.

Request for Residency Points Form

Veteran's Preference Points

If you wish to claim veteran’s preference points, please submit a member 4 copy of your DD214 or a letter from the Veteran’s Administration stating that you have a service connected disability. Veteran preference points may be requested and given any time during the length of the eligible list, but in order to ensure your preference is received for the first round of interviews, please submit this information as soon as possible. 

You may submit your documentation to


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. 

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

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
2021 Firefighter/EMT Salary and Benefits

The 4-month academy, trainee salary is $22.35 per hour.

  • Approx. Annual Salary: $60,800
  • 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.

Last Edited: August 12, 2021