For 75 years, Golden Valley residents have relied on so-called ordinary people to protect our community. The Golden Valley Fire Department takes pride in its top-notch firefighters, facilities, equipment, and training. We welcome applications from men and women from all walks of life to continue this tradition of service.

2017 Recruitment Timeline

Events held at Fire Station 1, 7800 Golden Valley Rd.

  • Recruitment Meeting: Thur, May 4, 6:30 pm
  • Fire Recruitment Expo: Thur, June 8, 6–10 pm
  • Recruitment Meeting: Thur, June 22, 9:30 am & 6:30 pm
  • Application Deadline: Thur, June 29, noon
  • Written Exam: Thur, July 13, 6:30 pm
  • Physical Ability Practice: Mon, July 31, 6:30 pm
  • Physical Ability: Thur, Aug 3, 6:30 pm
  • Interviews: Mon, Aug 7, 5 pm
  • Interviews: Tue, Aug 8, 5 pm
  • Interviews: Tue, Aug 15, 5 pm
  • Interviews: Thur, Aug 17, 5 pm
  • Psychological Exam: Sept 6–15
  • Medical Evaluation: Oct 1–28
  • Background Checks: Oct 3–15

The recruitment timeline only serves as a guide and is subject to change, based on the needs of the City.

2017 Recruitment Events

Fire Recruitment Expo

Try on gear, practice some firefighting skills, watch a live burn, participate in a Jaws of Life demo, and talk with firefighters about how they make it work in their lives. More about the Fire Expo »

Public Safety Open House

Wed, June 21, 6-8 pm
Tour Fire Station 1, gather information, and talk to firefighters. More about the open house »

Recruitment Meetings

  • Thur, May 4, 2017, 6:30 pm
  • Thur, June 22, 2017
    9:30 am & 6:30 pm

Learn details about the hiring process, training, schedules, and more.

Events held at Fire Station 1, 7800 Golden Valley Rd.

Become A Paid, On-Call Firefighter

  • What We Do
  • Requirements
  • Training
  • Salary, Benefits, & Pension
  • Rewards
  • Apply

Primary Duties

  • Respond to fire calls and put out fires
  • Perform rescues, CPR, and first aid
  • Extricate trapped people from vehicles and buildings
  • Save lives
  • Drive fire engines and operate rescue equipment
  • Educate the public about fire safety and prevention
  • Survey commercial buildings looking for fire safety compliance and hazards
  • Gain valuable skills and confidence in firefighting techniques while participating in live burn demonstrations, drills, and trainings on a regular basis
  • Build a strong connection with your community through engagements and education

To be a paid, on-call firefighter, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • have a valid Minnesota Class D driver’s license (with a good driving record)
  • have a positive, constructive image and attitude
  • live or work within six minutes of a fire station
  • have dependable transportation
  • be in good health and pass a physical exam

    Firefighters must be able to:

    • see normally, with or without visual correction
    • hear normally (ie, discriminate among similar sounds in environments with a large amount of background noise)
      speak effectively
    • lift or drag a minimum of 100 lbs at waist height and lift 50 lbs over their heads
    • walk or crawl while carrying or lifting
    • ascend and descend stairs and ladders
    • balance and steady oneself to keep from falling
    • reach and extend arms or hands in any direction
    • handle by seizing, holding, grasping, turning, and otherwise work with hands
    • work with fingers (pinching, picking, etc)
    • feel by means of skin receptors, particularly those of the fingertips, the attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature, and texture
    • apply a leg lock with either leg upon a ground ladder, providing a safe anchor while operating hose lines and/or performing rescue work
  • pass a physical abilities test
  • pass a background investigation
  • pass a written exam
  • complete an oral interview
  • complete a probation period
  • complete basic recruit training
  • complete requirements for first responder training
  • be available for a reasonable number of fire calls, drills, and meetings
  • be available for work detail once every two months
  • be able to make decisions regarding the safety of other firefighters and yourself
  • work as a team member under extremely stressful conditions, such as emergencies and/or dangerous circumstances

    While wearing protective gear weighing approximately 25 pounds and a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus weighing approximately 35 pounds, a firefighter will:

    • work in extremely cold or hot temperatures
    • encounter wet conditions and high humidity
    • work in extreme heat and smoke-filled environments
    • be exposed to a variety of physical hazards (ie, damaged structures, moving mechanical equipment, electrical equipment, and high places)
    • encounter noise and/or vibration exceeding 80 decibels
  • wear a pager while on call

Initial training lasts approximately two years and consists of:

  • Firefighter I & II Fire Service Certification
  • Hazardous Materials - Operational Level
  • First Responder to Emergency Medical Incidents
  • Fire Apparatus Operator


  • 1st Year: Firefighter in Training = $9.53/hour
  • 2nd Year: Apprentice Firefighter = $12.69/hour
  • 3rd Year: Firefighter = $15.06/hour

Members of the Golden Valley Fire Department must also be members of the Golden Valley Fire Relief Association, which handles the pension plan for firefighters.

  • When firefighters leave the fire department, the pension is payable as a lump sum at the minimum age of 50.
  • Firefighters are vested after 10 years of service.
  • Firefighters who retire after 20 years of service receive a 100% service pension.
  • Firefighters who choose to leave the fire department after 10 years of service will receive 60% of their pension. Firefighters who stay longer than 10 years but leave before 20 years receive a pension that is pro-rated per year, up to 20 years of service (example: 11 years=64%, 12 years=68%, 13 years=72%, etc).
  • Firefighters are also eligible for disability benefits.

Becoming a paid, on-call firefighter can be personally rewarding in many ways, including:

  • increased self-confidence
  • experience
  • responsibility
  • social connections and events
  • fun and friends
  • ability to be a positive community role model

Applications for paid on-call firefighters will be accepted starting Jan 1 of each year.


Meet Some Of Our Firefighters

  • Chris Gemlo
  • Drew Gerling
  • Steve Baker
  • Jason Hoffrogge
  • Marc Berris
  • Jenny Toavs
  • Tim Gerrits
  • Josh Richardson
  • Brian Crow
  • Steve Yingst
  • Ken Bence
  • Ben Vogel
  • Curtis Smith
  • Mike Pellizer

We Want To Thank Our Retired Firefighters For Their Service

  • Greg Prest
  • Andy Hutson
  • Dave Comb