Become a Firefighter
Who can be an Apple Valley firefighter?
To be an Apple Valley paid-on-call volunteer firefighter, you must;
• be at least 18 years of age
• have a high school diploma or GED
• have a Minnesota Class D driver’s license and clean driving record
• have strong written and verbal communication skills
• be able to complete the requirements of the job with or without reasonable accommodations
• complete and pass any and all required pre-employment exams and evaluations
• live within four minutes legal drive time of an Apple Valley Fire Station
• have dependable transportation
What do Apple Valley firefighters do?
After completing and passing the Apple Valley training academy, firefighters will, under the direction and supervision of a station or chief officer, ensure effective delivery of public safety services that fulfill the fire department goals and objectives.
Primary Duties include;
• respond to their assigned fire station when paged for service that includes but is not limited to fires, rescues, and medical emergencies
• assist with apparatus and equipment testing and maintenance
• assist as requested and needed with building maintenance
• operate firefighting vehicles and equipment as needed
• commit to meeting the minimum training requirements in firefighting techniques by participating in live burns, drills, and other trainings.
• act as community stewards by participating in Community Risk Reduction (CRR) initiative by participating in fire prevention/educational activities and providing fire and life safety programs for residential and commercial residents of our City.
Can I apply now to be a firefighter?
Experienced firefighters with FF1 and FF2 certification are welcome to apply anytime on the City Employment Opportunities page and will be considered on an individual basis.
The Apple Valley Fire Department opens a hiring phase each spring by hanging banners on each station, posting on the Apple Valley Fire Facebook page, and posting on this website.
Interested persons can register with NEO-Gov on the City Employment page at anytime to be notified of when the hiring of firefighters will begin.
What kind of training is required to be an Apple Valley Firefighter?
The Apple Valley Training Academy is coordinated and overseen by our training officer, Deputy Chief Chuck Russell.
In addition to learning the “Apple Valley” way of providing excellent service, the successful candidates will learn and, where required, will receive the required certification in the following areas of study;
• Firefighter I & II Fire Service Certification
• Hazardous Materials – Operational Level
• Fire Apparatus Operation
• First Responder
What does it cost to enroll in the Apple Valley Firefighter Training Academy?
There is no cost to the individual recruit firefighter to participate in the training academy. In fact, recruit, probationary, and active firefighters all receive a City Council approved hourly rate for each hour that they train and each hour they are on a call they respond to once they receive a pager. The 2018 hourly pay rate for Apple Valley Firefighters is $16.00.
Do Apple Valley Paid-On-Call/Volunteer Firefighters get paid?
Yes, the City of Apple Valley values the time and the commitment to training and service that the firefighters make. The 2018 pay rate is $16.00 an hour.
Applications are accepted online only. Interested persons may apply at www.cityofapplevalley.org/employment. Questions about the application process should be directed to 952-953-2505.