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Have you ever considered becoming a firefighter? The Brooklyn Center Fire Department (BCFD) recruits paid on-call firefighters year-round, with one Fire Academy held each year. This is an exciting part-time and on-call position in emergency services that will challenge your mind and your body. It will also give you training and experience that may be used for a full-time job in the fire service. Whatever your goal, if you are a motivated individual, physically fit, and over the age of 18, this is an opportunity for you to serve your community.

Our firefighters come from a variety of backgrounds and full-time careers, including real estate, the medical field, information technology, construction, management and public safety. Firefighters are part-time city employees that train and respond at all times of the day, depending on their availability.
BCFD is a paid-on-call department and uses a duty-crew model. There is a crew on-duty from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Many calls are handled by the duty crew during that time period. Once a recruit completes the academy, they can participate in duty crew shifts. Outside of those hours, firefighters carry a pager and respond from home when they are able to do so. Currently a firefighter is responsible to respond to 25% of all calls that are not handled by the duty crew. 

Candidate Requirements
All applicants must be over 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and currently live within a six-minute response to one of our two fire stations. To learn if you live within the six-minute response zone, please see this map: BCFD 6-Minute Response Map. Candidates that fall outside of the zone shown on this map are not eligible. In addition, candidates must pass a written test, physical ability test, a medical screen, background check and psychological assessment prior to appointment

    Go here for: **2017 RECRUITMENT INFORMATION**

Required Training
Recruits complete the following training while in the Fire Academy:
  • General Department Orientation and Competency (ongoing)
  • Incident Command System (6 Hours)
  • Firefighter I & II (295 Hours)
  • Hazardous Materials Operational Level (40 Hours)
  • Emergency Medical Responder (40 Hours)
  • Fire Apparatus Operator (40 Hours)
  • Emergency Vehicle Operator (8 hours)

No Experience or Training? No Problem: The department will provide all necessary training, which can be accomplished on nights and weekends, or during the day if necessary. The entire Fire Academy process takes 18-months before being appointed as a Regular Firefighter.

Already Trained?: If a person already possesses the necessary certifications in fire and emergency medical services, then the probationary period is advanced, lasting only 12 months.
Compensation & Pension
Firefighters are paid an hourly wage for time when on responding to calls, on-duty, in training and for other department activities. Currently, the wage for a new recruit is $9.75 per hour without the minimum certifications, or $11.00 per hour with the minimum certifications. This increases to $15.00 after completing the Fire Academy and the 18-month probationary period.

Firefighters also participate in the Fire Relief Association, and are eligible for a pension after 10+ years of service.

Want to Learn More?
Contact Captain Chris Kummer,