Firefighter Information

This information was last updated on February 16, 2018.

To be notified of the Firefighter/EMT hiring process and receive bi-weekly updates, please complete the interest form below.

The City of Saint Paul is preparing for the next Firefighter/EMT entrance examination. We will begin accepting applications for Firefighter/EMT April 2, 2018 - April 30, 2018. Complete the interest form below to be notified when we start accepting applications. Start preparing early for the physical performance test. View our video below and check back for future updates!

Firefighter/EMT Physical Performance Test 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       

This program will host workout sessions lead by Saint Paul Firefighters/EMT and our partnered gyms at various locations throughout the City. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with our Firefighters, prepare for the upcoming physical performance test, and stay engaged! Information on the date and times can be found in the upcoming Firefighter Newsletters, so stay tuned for more!

Upcoming sessions will be held on:

March 02, 2018 | 6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
CrossFit Slipstream

105 State St. S #100, Saint Paul, MN 55107
* This is a free session, but space is limited so sign up! Register Here

March 15, 2018 | 12:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Oxford Community Center 

270 Lexington Pkwy N, Saint Paul, MN 55104
* There are no registrations for this session just show up!

Saint Paul Fire Department: 2018 Women's Expo 

The City of Saint Paul is back again with another Women’s Expo hosted by Saint Paul Fire Department. This will be a hands on event for you to get to know our Fire Department staff, experience what it takes to be a Firefighter/EMT and learn more about our hiring process. The event will be held rain or shine, so come in weather appropriate athletic gear ready to get your hands on some Firefighting/EMS equipment and to have fun! 

We hope to see you at the Saint Paul Fire Training Tower (1683 Energy Park Drive Saint Paul, MN 55108) on Saturday March 24, 2018 at 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM and don’t forget to share this great opportunity with your friends and family!

*If there is a high demand in attendance, we may contact you with an updated start time*

Click on the Women's Expo flyer to get registered! 

Saint Paul Fire Department Women's Expo on March 24, 2018

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


The Saint Paul Fire Explorer Post is currently recruiting new members between the ages of 14-21!
The Ideal Firefighter/EMT Candidate

Firefighter/EMTs are expected to protect the life and property of Saint Paul communities by extinguishing fires, treating emergency medical problems, and inspecting property. New employees will be joining a team that is dedicated to providing compassionate, prompt, state of-the-art services to ensure the safety and well-being of the community.

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to lift victims, equipment, and tools of up to 175 lbs, maneuver them around obstacles and under adverse conditions. Firefighter/EMTs will work in difficult work environments including conditions of high heat, low visibility, confined space, on elevated ladder or apparatus, at accident scenes, under pressure or stressful conditions, when fatigued, and under adverse weather conditions, wearing full personal protective equipment.

The ideal candidate will be a leader, able to use his or her interpersonal influence to show initiative, inspire, motivate, and mentor others; be respectful, supportive, flexible, dependable, punctual, and accountable in everyday work and interactions; possess excellent problem solving skills, strong communication skills, and demonstrate a high level of customer service. The successful candidate will demonstrate honesty, integrity, positive and consistent behavior, exercise good judgment and decision making, maintain complete response readiness at all times, and support the safety of one another in a team.

Additional skills or education that are desirable to the City of Saint Paul include fluency in a second language prevalent in Saint Paul; experience working in diverse communities; a historical, cultural, and social connection to Saint Paul and it’s neighborhoods; an Associate’s Degree, or equivalent semester credits; national registration as a Paramedic and able to be certified as a Paramedic in the State of Minnesota; Firefighter I and Firefighter II certifications from the Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board; experience as an emergency medical responder, and as a full-time, volunteer, or military Firefighter.

2018 Firefighter/EMT Salary and Benefits

The 3-month academy, trainee salary is $20.45 per hour.

  • Approx. Annual Salary: $55,000
  • Lifelong Career Development Opportunities
  • Promotional Opportunities
  • Medical and Hospitalization Insurance
  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Excellent Sick Leave and Vacation Policy
  • Great Pension Plan

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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.

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