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2017 Firefighter Recruitment
The 2017 recruitment process CLOSED Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. and applications are no longer being accepted.

Dates for the 2018-2019 firefighter recruitment cycle have not yet been determined.

Eligibility to Apply

All applicants must be over 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and currently live within a six-minute response area to one of our two fire stations, as determined by BCFD. In addition, the applicant is subject to a written exam, interview, criminal background check, driving record check, psychological exam and medical exam. The applicant must pass all requirements to continue on in the process. This process is not fast, and has several steps. Please be patient and get acquainted with the timeline outlined in this document.

Being a Brooklyn Center firefighter is a unique part-time job with both scheduled and unscheduled/on-call response hours that are not predictable. This is not a full-time job, and our firefighters work full-time in other careers. Over 80% of fire department in Minnesota and the Twin Cities operate this way. This job requires commitment, a desire to progress through the orientation and training process, and be self-motivated. This doesn’t happen just by showing up and putting the time in, one truly needs a passion for the fire service and to become a part of the BCFD. Make sure you understand what this job is and what it requires.

2017 Recruitment Significant Dates:

Firefighter Recruitment Expo
  Thursday, August 3, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the West Fire Station  (6250 Brooklyn Blvd.)
  Come see what we're all about! 
  See the equipment and what we do, try on the gear, climb a ladder and ask questions
  Note: It is not mandatory for an applicant to attend

• Becoming a Firefighter Information Meetings:
  Thursday, August 10, 9:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. at the West Fire Station
  Questions and Answers! Classroom Q & A
  Note: It is not mandatory for an applicant to attend

Application Deadline: Sunday, August 13 at 11:59 p.m.
Written Exam: Thursday, August 24, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Brooklyn Center West Fire Station, 6250 Brooklyn Boulevard

Physical Ability Practice: Thursday, September 14, 6 p.m. CANCELED

Physical Ability Testing: Saturday, September 16, 9 a.m. INVITATION ONLY
Location: Maple Grove Fire Station 2: 13450 Maple Knoll Way, Maple Grove, MN

Interviews: Wednesday, September 27, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Interviews: Thursday, September 28, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Interviews: Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (if needed)
Location: All interviews at the Brooklyn Center West Fire Station

Background Checks: Week of October 2
Conditional Offer of Employment 
  Made following successful passing of driving and criminal history checks
Medical Evaluation: Scheduled with conditional offer
Psychological Assessment: Scheduled following successful medical evaluation
Confirmation of Employment by Friday, November 3

Please note: All dates and times subject to change

Written Test Information

The written exam is a multiple-choice test designed to assess whether or not a candidate has the most basic abilities necessary to learn and perform the duties of a firefighter, including rescue operations, responding to alarms, providing first aid, entering fire structures, maintaining equipment, hose operations, attending training and ladder operations. There is no firefighter knowledge or experience necessary, as the test is assessing the ability to learn the subject, not a candidates knowledge of the subject. This is a proctored test sourced from International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA). More here:

Physical Ability Test Information

This is a physical test that confirms the candidates ability to complete firefighter standard job requirements, such as hoisting ladders, pulling fire hose, dragging a training manikin, and the handling of other physical or mechanical issues.

The full description of the physical ability test is available here: Firefighter Physical Ability Test Information 

Watch the physical ability test here: Firefighter Candidate Physical Ability Test Video

Post-Hire Information

What happens after I'm hired? The following represents the tentative Fire Academy and formal firefighter training schedule you will experience after successfully passing all requirements and a position is confirmed:

• Fire Academy Recruit Welcome Meeting, Saturday, November 11, 2017 
• Fire Academy Recruit General Orientation, November, 2017 through January, 2018
• Formal Firefighter Schools, January through June, 2018
• Fire Academy Ongoing, June, 2018 to May, 2019
• Probationary Period, November, 2017 to May, 2019
• Regular Firefighter Status: Anticipated by June 2019 (18 Months Total Time)

Note: Typically formal classes are held two nights a week and an occasional Saturday. Fire Academy training is periodic and may also include weeknights or weekends. Individual orientation is scheduled case by case with a Field Training Officer.

Want to Learn More?

Contact Captain Chris Kummer,