Becoming A Firefighter
The Elk River Fire Department is comprised of 45 paid on-call firefighters. Most on-call firefighters have regular full-time careers outside of their part-time position with the city. When an emergency occurs, firefighters are alerted via a tone/voice pager.
Becoming an Elk River firefighter is a competitive process. To help ensure an adequate response time, every Elk River on-call firefighter must live within a pre-defined geographical area within the city. Once selected for a position, new firefighters must complete upwards of 200 hours of required training during their initial probationary period. This training includes tactics on fire suppression, search and rescue, emergency medicine, hazardous materials, and a myriad of other topics.
- High school graduate or equivalent.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Valid Class D Minnesota driver license.
- Must live within eight (8) minutes of an Elk River fire station.
- Must satisfactorily pass the required pre-employment screening, including physical exam.
- Training in fire fighting techniques.
- Experience as a firefighter.
- NFPA 1001 Firefighter I & II
- First Responder certification.
- CPR certification.
- Current EMT/Paramedic.
- If not self-employed, must have employer’s written permission to attend fires during working hours.
- Post secondary or technical college courses in firefighting.
Compensation and Benefits
All on-call firefighters are part-time employees of the city and are compensated for actual hours worked, including emergency responses, training, and special events. Through the Elk River Fire Department Relief Association, every on-call firefighter also earns a pension of $6,285/year, which is paid in-full after 20 years of active service.
Review the list of Frequently Asked Questions below. If you do not see an answer for your question or if you would like further information about becoming part of the team, contact the Fire Department at 763-635-1100 or complete the Interested Candidates form.
- How do I obtain an application to be a paid-on-call firefighter?
- Do I have to live in Elk River to be a paid-on-call firefighter?
- Do I need to have special schooling or a degree to be an Elk River firefighter?
- Do men and women have equal requirements for entry and training?
- Are there any volunteer opportunities with the Fire Department?