Become a Firefighter

How can I apply to be an Apple Valley Paid On-Call Firefighter?

We will be accepting applications starting April 1st through April 30th at noon. You can view the hiring schedule to learn more about our process.

2023 Hiring Schedule

You may also complete a job interest card if you would like to be notified when firefighter positions are posted.

Job Interest Card

 For a look at the Recruit Class Training Schedule, click the link below.

2022-2023 Recruit Class Training Schedule

For over 50 years, the Apple Valley Fire Department has provided top-notch training, facilities, and equipment to our residents that serve as firefighters in our city. We welcome applications from men and women from all walks of life to work with us as we continue the tradition of service to our community. 

What is an Apple Valley Paid On-Call Firefighter?

A paid on-call firefighter carries a pager and responds to calls when they are available.

Who can be an Apple Valley firefighter?

To be an Apple Valley 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.
  • Live within four minutes legal drive time of an Apple Valley Fire Station  
  • 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.
  • Required to be clean shaven to comply with OSHA regulations.

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.  In addition to learning the “Apple Valley” way of providing excellent service, the successful candidates will receive the required certification in the following areas of study:

  • Firefighter I & II Fire Service Certification
  • Hazardous Materials – Operational Level
  • Emergency Medical 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. The 2023 hourly pay rate for Apple Valley Firefighters is $18.60. Through the Apple Valley Firefighters Relief Association, every on-call firefighter also earns a pension of $11,000/year of service. This pension plan has ten-year vesting and is paid in-full after 20 years of active service. 

What do Apple Valley firefighters do?

After obtaining the needed certifications, 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.