Friday, June 19, 2009

How to Become a Firefighter in Minnesota


To become a Firefighter in Minnesota is not an easy task. There are just fewer than 20,000 Firefighters in Minnesota. All Firefighters in Minnesota are professional! The major of the Firefighters are Paid-On-Call or Volunteer with the minority made up of Career Firefighter. Minnesota offers finical assistance to their Fire Departments by providing a Fire Tuition Subsidy Voucher Program to help offset the cost of training.

  1. Before you visit the Fire Department in Minnesota that you would like to apply, check their website for the proper application process. Many departments only accept application during a certain period of time, sometimes only once a year. Just make sure you submit a complete application!
  2. The major of Fire Departments in Minnesota require Firefighter to successfully pass an agility test. For many departments this is test very similar to the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).
  3. To be a Firefighter in Minnesota you need have Firefighter I and II (NFPA 1001) certificates. Potential Minnesota Firefighters have thirteen Colleges and Universities that offer Firefighter I and II courses. There is a Fire Tuition Subsidy Voucher Program available through the state.
  4. Minnesota Firefighters also serve a medical responders in there coverage areas. There are several different license levels in the Emergency Medical Services. These licenses are regulated by the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB). Make sure you check the EMSRB's website, there is Training Reimbursement program for the EMT-B program.

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