Fire Department Recruitment Open House Is April 26

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Fire Department Recruitment Open House Is April 26

The Columbia Heights Fire Department needs more on-call firefighters to join the team. On April 26, at 6 pm, the department will hold a recruitment open house for those who wish to learn more about the job responsibilities, check out the equipment, meet firefighters, and ask questions.

The Open House will be at the Fire Station, 825 41st Ave NE, Columbia Heights, 6-8 pm. Registration for the event is not required, but it is appreciated. To RSVP, email your contact info to with the subject “Open House RSVP,” or call 763-706-8150.

How Much Training Is Required?
On-call firefighters receive hourly pay for training and learn valuable skills they can use in other areas of their lives. Recruit firefighters complete 125 hours of EMT training, 98 hours of Firefighter level 1 training, 50 hours of Firefighter level 2 training, and 48 hours of hazmat training. All training takes about 18 months.

Who’s Eligible to Apply?
If you’re 18 or older, live within 10 minutes from the fire station, and have a valid driver’s license, you’re eligible to apply. It’s as simple as that.

What Are the Time Requirements?
On-call firefighters are not expected to answer every call. To ensure flexibility, the department requires on-call firefighters to answer roughly 30% of calls.

What Will I Get Out of It?
You get to be there to help someone when they’re having the worst day of their life and will walk away feeling like you’ve made a difference, all while being a part of a team and gaining valuable, real-world experience. On-call firefighters also get paid. They receive pension benefits if they commit for five years.

How Do I Apply?
Applications can be submitted online by visiting and clicking the Firefighter Employment Opportunities link in the navigation menu. Call 763-706-8150 for more information. Want to learn more before applying? The Recruitment Open House is April 26, 6-8 pm, at the Public Safety Building. The department is eager to recruit new firefighters, so please spread the word if you know of anyone who might be interested.