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. Under the direction of the Fire Chief, the GVFD includes two Assistant Chiefs, two full-time Fire Inspectors and one part-time Fire Inspector, 50 Paid on-Call Firefighters, and an Administrative Assistant. We welcome applications from men and women from all walks of life to continue this tradition of service.

Become A Paid, On-Call Firefighter

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  • What We Do
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The application period for 2021 has closed.

Under supervision of a lieutenant, firefighters ensure effective and equitable delivery of public safety services, fulfilling fire department objectives.

Primary Duties

  • Respond to calls for service, including but not limited to fires, rescues, and EMS
  • Assist with apparatus and equipment testing and maintenance, as well as building maintenance
  • Operate firefighting vehicles and equipment as needed
  • Act as community stewards, participating in fire prevention/educational activities and providing safety programs for commercial/industrial employees
  • Gain valuable skills and confidence in firefighting techniques while participating in live burn demonstrations, drills, and trainings on a regular basis

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

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have a high school diploma or GED
  • have a valid 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 prescribed pre-employment exams
  • live or work within nine minutes of a fire station
  • have dependable transportation
  • 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
  • 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

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 = $12.18/hour
  • 2nd Year: Apprentice Firefighter = $15.15/hour
  • 3rd Year: Firefighter = $17.83/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

2021 Recruitment Timeline

All events listed below have the possibility to be held virtually to help limit the spread of COVID-19. More information about the event format will be made available as the date approaches.

In-person events held at Fire Station 1, 7800 Golden Valley Rd.

  • Recruitment Meeting: Thu, July 8, 9:30 am & 6:30 pm (attendance strongly recommended)
  • Recruitment Meeting: Thu, July 29, 9:30 am & 6:30 pm (attendance strongly recommended)
  • Fire Recruitment Expo: Sat, July 31, 9 am - (attendance strongly recommended)
  • Application Deadline: Sun, Aug 15, 11:59 pm
  • Online Written Exam: Mid-August
  • Interviews: Late Aug–early Sept

Post-Interview Process (Conditional Offers)

  • Pre-Employment Meeting: September
  • Background Checks: October
  • Physical Ability Exam: November
  • Medical Evaluation: November
  • Psychological Exam: December
  • Tentative Start Date: Jan 3, 2021

Candidates are notified of their status throughout the recruitment process via email or phone.

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

2021 Recruitment Events

Fire Recruitment Expo

  • Sat, July 31, 9 am

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.

For more information, email

Recruitment Meetings

  • Thu, July 8, 9:30 am & 6:30 pm
  • Thu, July 29 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.