Firefighter Information

This information was last updated on November 13, 2018.

The Firefighter/EMT application is now closed. 

*Final scores and ranks have been sent to candidates. If you did not receive this information please contact Anita Vue at

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 January 1, 2019.

You may submit your documentation to

Firefighter/EMT Hiring Process Timeline

November 8, 2018: Candidate receive their final score and rank

January 1, 2019: Extended deadline to obtain MN EMT Certification in order to be considered for the 1st round of interviews

Late January 2019, Early February 2019: Interviews

January 2019, February 2019, March 2019: Background checks, medical exams and psychological exams

April 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


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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