Firefighter Recruiting

The Fridley Fire Division consists of full-time staff, part-time and paid-on-call firefighters. We are now hiring paid, on-call firefighters through August, 2023. Join the men and women in one of the most rewarding opportunities of a lifetime!

Hiring Timeline (PDF)

Training & Onboarding

After hiring, your first year will be dedicated to training. You’ll maintain contact with an administrator at the department and given the opportunity to attend certain trainings, meetings, and events.  

Training completed during the first 12 months (if not done prior to employment) will include:

  • Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (140 hours)            
    • 2 nights/week traditionally for 5 months or can be completed through a local college or third-party.
  • NFPA 1001 Firefighter I and II (120 hours)
    • 2 nights/week traditionally for 4 months completed through the Anoka County Fire Academy or a local college.
  • NFPA 1072 Hazardous Materials Operations (40 hours)
    • 2 nights/week traditionally for 1 month integrated with the Anoka County Fire Academy

Upon completion of the above training, you will be activated as a recruit firefighter.  At which point, you will meet the requirements of continued employment and be acting as an extra responder when on-duty at the station.

Over the next three trimesters (12 months), you will complete a proficiency and competency manual while working as a “recruit” during daytime (8:00am-5:00pm) or evening (5:00pm-10:00pm) shifts under the supervision of a Battalion Chief or Lieutenant.

During the probationary period of 12 months and there forward, the requirements for continued employment include:

  • Attendance at 70 percent of weekly trainings (measured on a trimester basis):
    • Monday evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm, OR;
    • Tuesday morning 8:00am-11:00am
  • Attendance at 30 percent of station alarms/call backs (measured on a trimester basis):
    • Average of 10-15 per month at each station.
  • 20 Hours of on-duty shifts per month
    • Bidding occurs on a rotating basis at the start of each trimester.
  • Complete annual proficiencies and training modules
    • Can be completed while on-duty and through attendance at weekly trainings

Community Outreach and Risk Reduction Events

Staff are encouraged and compensated to participate in school presentations, partner events, tours, demonstrations, education, and community programing.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Paid-on-call recruit firefighters receive starting pay of $16.62/hour per the 2023 compensation plan.  Pay increases to $16.96/hour after completion of the probationary period and up to $18.14/hour upon completion of advanced training.
  • Payroll is run monthly and includes on-duty shifts, training, callbacks, and outreach activities.
  • Employees will also become members of the Fridley Firefighters Relief Association.   Members serving over 5 years are eligible for a lump-sum pension payment.
  • Pension is paid at 40 percent after 5 years of service, increasing annually to 100 percent after 10 years of service.  The Relief Association manages a Defined-Contribution pension plan with an annul allotment divided equally amongst qualifying members


  • Must be able to respond within 10 minutes from your permanent place of residence.
  • Must posses a valid MN Driver’s License with reliable transportation
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Be and remain physically fit to meet the standards set by NFPA and OSHA