Firefighter Information

This information was last updated on April 10, 2018.

Now accepting applications for Firefighter/EMT through Monday, April 30, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Please review the Job Announcement for Firefighter/EMT requirements and the testing process. The Saint Paul Firefighter/EMT written exam will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Once you apply and pay the application fee, you will be sent a study guide for the Written exam. 


A complete City of Saint Paul Firefighter/EMT application includes the following being received in the Office of Human Resources no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018. 

Applications received without the application fee or waiver by the application deadline will be incomplete and rejected. Economic Hardship Waivers are available for those that demonstrate an economic hardship in paying the Firefighter application fee. Saint Paul residents are exempt from submitting an Economic Hardship Waiver and Application Fee. 

Written Exam Tutorial Session

Firefighter/EMT Tutorials will provide information and strategies to help you prepare for the June 1, 2018 Saint Paul Firefighter/EMT Written Examination. Tutorials are FREE for all applicants. You are not required to attend a tutorial. Space is limited; register early to reserve a seat. 

Click here for additional information and to register online

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:

April 14, 2018 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
North Dale Recreation Center

270 Lexington Pkwy N, Saint Paul, MN 55104
* There are no registrations for this session, just let us know if you plan to attend on our Facebook Event Page.

May 01, 2018 | 4:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
YWCA of St. Paul

375 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
* This is a free event but space is limited so sign up now, registration link


Firefighter/EMT Career Information Sessions

The Wellstone Center – Auditorium
179 Robie Street E, Saint Paul, MN 55107
April 16, 2018, Monday
6 pm – 8 pm

Hiring Open House

Fire Station 8
65 East 10th St. Saint Paul, MN 55101
April 21, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join the EMS Academy

The Saint Paul Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Academy is an intensive, tuition-free emergency medical technician (EMT) certification and firefighter awareness program. This is a paid training which lasts 240 hours over 10-14 weeks. 
We will be accepting applications March 26, 2018 through April 30, 2018. Click here to visit the job announcement. 
For more information, please visit: EMS Academy 


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

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

Firefighter/EMT Newsletter Archive 

Saint Paul Firefighter/EMT Newsletter Issue 1
Saint Paul Firefighter/EMT Newsletter Issue 2
Saint Paul Firefighter/EMT Newsletter Issue 3
Saint Paul Firefighter/EMT Newsletter Issue 4
Saint Paul Firefighter/EMT Newsletter Issue 5

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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.