Firefighter Information

This information was last updated on September 04, 2018.

The Firefighter/EMT application is now closed. 

Please note: Physical Performance Test date and time has been sent via email. If you did not receive your Physical Test date, time, and or Written Test score please email Anita Vue at you haven't already, make sure to sign up for a Physical Performance Practice Session. Please refer to your email for instruction on how to sign up for a session. 

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.

We are no longer accepting Request for Residency Points. All documents submitted after 4:30 p.m. on August 31, 2018 will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made. 

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 by October 1, 2018.

You may submit your documentation to or submit in person to Anita Vue during Physical Performance Practice sessions.

Firefighter/EMT Hiring Process Timeline

July 10 - September 4: Continuation of the weekly Fitness & Engagement workout (email Anita Vue for registration link)

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

August 8 - August 15: Second Round of Physical Test Practice Sessions

September 5 - September 8, September 14-15: Third Round of Physical Test Practice Sessions 

September 17- September 26: Physical Performance Tests (Firefighter/EMT candidates will receive their exam date and time by August 14th, 2018) 

October 1, 2018: Deadline to have MN EMT Certification in order to be considered for the 1st round of interviews

End of October 2018: Interviews

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

February 2019: Academy begins

2018 Firefighter Eligible List

General information about the test scores and eligible list is provided below. As we continue with the process, additional information will be available. 

Step in the process Number of Candidates
Submitted an Application 1013
Eligible to take Written 925
Took the Written 759
Passed the Written 671
Written Test Band Number of Applicants
100 26
95 111
90 194
85 195
80 145
Fail 88

An Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer

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


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.

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