Become a Firefighter

 All interested persons and their significant others are invited!
 Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.
 Municipal Center

For over 50 years, the Apple Valley Fire Department has taken great pride in providing top-notch firefighters, facilities, equipment, and training to our residents that serve as firefighters in our City. We are now hiring paid-on-call volunteers for vacancies at each of our three fire stations and welcome applications from men and women from all walks of life to work with us as we continue the tradition of service we are committed to provide.2018 Firefighter Hiring Phase Open April 2 through April 30

 Who can be an Apple Valley firefighter?

To be an Apple Valley paid-on-call volunteer firefighter, you must;

• be at least 18 years of age

• have a high school diploma or GED

• have a Minnesota Class D driver’s license and clean driving record

• have strong written and verbal communication skills

• be able to complete the requirements of the job with or without reasonable accommodations

• complete and pass any and all required pre-employment exams and evaluations

• live within four minutes legal drive time of an Apple Valley Fire Station

• have dependable transportation

 What do Apple Valley firefighters do?

After completing and passing the Apple Valley training academy, firefighters will, under the direction and supervision of a station or chief officer, ensure effective delivery of public safety services that fulfill the fire department goals and objectives.

Primary Duties include;

• respond to their assigned fire station when paged for service that includes but is not limited to fires, rescues, and medical emergencies

• assist with apparatus and equipment testing and maintenance

• assist as requested and needed with building maintenance

• operate firefighting vehicles and equipment as needed

• commit to meeting the minimum training requirements in firefighting techniques by participating in live burns, drills, and other trainings.

• act as community stewards by participating in Community Risk Reduction (CRR) initiative by participating in fire prevention/educational activities and providing fire and life safety programs for residential and commercial residents of our City.

 What kind of training is required to be an Apple Valley Firefighter?

The Apple Valley Training Academy is coordinated and overseen by our training officer, Deputy Chief Chuck Russell.

In addition to learning the “Apple Valley” way of providing excellent service, the successful candidates will learn and, where required, will receive the required certification in the following areas of study;

• Firefighter I & II Fire Service Certification

• Hazardous Materials – Operational Level

• Fire Apparatus Operation

• First Responder

 What does it cost to enroll in the Apple Valley Firefighter Training Academy?

There is no cost to the individual recruit firefighter to participate in the training academy. In fact, recruit, probationary, and active firefighters all receive a City Council approved hourly rate for each hour that they train and each hour they are on a call they respond to once they receive a pager. The 2018 hourly pay rate for Apple Valley Firefighters is $16.00.

 Do Apple Valley Paid-On-Call/Volunteer Firefighters get paid?

Yes, the City of Apple Valley values the time and the commitment to training and service that the firefighters make. The 2018 pay rate is $16.00 an hour.

Is there a Proposed Hiring/Training schedule for the 2018 Firefighter Recruits?

Yes.  The Proposed Firefighter Recruit Hiring/Training Schedule for 2018 is shown below.  Paper copies of this proposed schedule will be available at the Information Meeting on Tuesday, April 17th.



Proposed Date

Proposed Action

Monday, April 2

Firefighter position open & posted at

Monday, April 12

Firefighter Position Open and posted at

Tuesday, April 17

“What does an Apple Valley Firefighter Do?”

Information meeting for all interested persons and their significant other.

6:30 p.m. – Regent Room

Municipal Center, 7100 147 Street West, Apple Valley, MN 55124

Monday, April 30

Firefighter Position posting closes

Saturday, May 12

Written testing for all invited applicants.

9:00 a.m. – McIntosh Room

Municipal Center, 7100 147 Street West, Apple Valley, MN 55124

Monday, May 14

Written testing make-up for those unable to attend May 12

6:00 p.m. – McIntosh Room

Municipal Center, 7100 147 Street West, Apple Valley, MN 55124

May 21-25 and

May 28-31, 2018

Oral Interviews scheduled with qualified applicants.

Times TBD

Municipal Center, 7100 147 Street West, Apple Valley, MN 55124

June 1-8

Review of tests and interview scores.

Conditional offers extended by Friday, June 8

June 11-July 31

Candidates will complete City of Apple Valley sponsored physicals and firefighter ability testing, criminal background checks, and psychological evaluations.

Friday, August 10

Hiring decisions made.  Names to Human Resources Department for Personnel Report.

Monday, August 13

Last possible City Council agenda date for acceptance.

Thursday, August 23

City Council meeting date for firefighter hiring approval.

Tuesday, September 4

First day of Class for 2018 Recruits

6:00-10:00 – McIntosh Room

Municipal Center, 7100 147 Street West, Apple Valley, MN 55124

Spring 2019

Pager’s issued.  Recruits begin responding and attending regular drills.

How do I apply for an Apple Valley Firefighter position?

Applications are accepted online only. Interested persons may apply at before Monday, April 30, 2018.  Questions about the application process should be directed to 952-953-2505.