Yes! See the above “What to Expect” section about the compensation and benefits. From your time in initial training, to call responses, and into retirement, the job comes with excellent pay and pension.
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Today those terms are often used interchangeably but vary by department. Fridley uses the term paid-on-call because members are compensated an hourly wage for their time responding to emergencies, in training, and participating in community events. Some departments do still employ volunteer firefighters with no compensation, especially in rural areas.
Absolutely! Nearly all of our members work in a full-time job or several other part-time jobs while still serving as a paid-on-call firefighter. In fact, that is what makes the family so special is that we come from a myriad of backgrounds and bring diverse skills and knowledge to the betterment of Fridley.
Minimum requirements will consist of approximately 8 hours per week, however some members work considerably more. The advantage at Fridley is that most of your requirements are scheduled either as the weekly drill or through shift bids which you are able to choose. Callbacks are still an expectation but considerably lower than similar size departments. All of members have commitments outside of this work including full-time jobs, families, religious organizations, recreation activities, youth sports, etc. and a balance can be achieved to fit into your lifestyle.
No, these are not requirement for hire beyond a high school diploma. Those with NREMT, IFSAC or ProBoard certifications, or previous firefighting experience may be given preference but are by far the minority of our candidates. We will provide all of the training and education required at no cost to you.
Not currently. Fridley consists of a combination model fire division with minimal opportunities for full-time employment. However, several of our members use the model for considerable working hours and experience at a busy department. Many of our firefighters are full-time/career at other metro fire departments, a job you can typically do while still being involved here at Fridley. Full-time opportunities are on the rise amongst metro fire departments. Most of which are looking for experience as a paid-on-call firefighter and advanced training in areas such as inspections, public education, instruction, leadership, or hazardous materials – all of which can be pursued and is encouraged while working as Fridley paid-on-call firefighter.
If you are a Fridley resident or interest applicant, we encourage you to participate in our ride-along program to learn more. This offers great firsthand experience working with our firefighters and potentially seeing a variety of call types. Contact our offices for the ride-along application form.
Each candidate is evaluated independently for a comprehensive background check. Typically, felony convictions especially those of domestic, sexual, or drug nature will be disqualifications for hire. Certain gross misdemeanors and misdemeanors will also be grounds for dismissal from the hiring process. Moving violations involving substance abuse, intention, or neglect, especially those in recent past may also be reasons for disqualifications.