Volunteer Firefighter
City of Eden Prairie, Minnesota - Eden Prairie, MN

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STATUS: Member of the Fire Department, Probationary Volunteer Firefighter

HOURLY PAY RATE: $8.50 per hour

BENEFITS: Every member of the department is eligible for membership in the Eden Prairie Fire Department Relief Association. Being a member of the Relief Association entitles firefighters to retirement benefits after a minimum of ten years service.


Station1 (14800 Scenic Heights Road); Station 2 (12100 Sunnybrook Road); Station 3 (7350 Eden Prairie Road): Station 4 (Dell Road)


The Eden Prairie Fire Department is comprised of four fire stations and a staff of 95 paid on-call firefighters and 8 full-time firefighters who protect and serve Eden Prairie residents by responding to fire calls and educating the community regarding fire safety and prevention. Safety is the top priority for the Eden Prairie Fire Department. The Department also educates businesses and residents with ongoing fire safety programs.


The Probationary Volunteer Firefighter serves as a firefighter to provide fire suppression and emergency rescue services as needed. This position is primarily responsible for the following areas of impact:
  • Participates in department’s and squad’s work details; makes known to the department’s training division and squad officer any problems at the earliest possible stage.
  • Attends all department-training sessions and drills designated as mandatory by the department’s training division.
  • Responds immediately to emergency calls under the close supervision of officers and senior firefighters; performs tasks as directed by an officer on the emergency scene.
While these areas are the primary focus of the position, we believe strongly in teamwork and employees will be called upon to perform a variety of duties as a part of their role with the City.

  • CPR and EMT training and certification is preferred.
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must have residence or employment within ten minutes of a fire station.
  • Must maintain driver’s license (and excellent driving record).

All employees are expected to contribute to the success of our organization by demonstrating the shared expectations: Customer Focus, Flexibility, Initiative, Results Orientation, Public Stewardship, and Teamwork .


Accountability: Follows through on commitments; focuses on appropriate tasks as assigned or directed; takes responsibilities for actions both as an individual and on behalf of the department; actions and words are in sync; follows all policies and procedures; maintains confidentiality; meets all attendance standards set by the department.

Communication: Able to convey a message to get a point across; communicates in a clear, calm, and positive manner especially under emergency conditions; tailors message to a variety of communication settings and styles.

Composure: Exhibits self-confidence and asserts self appropriately in several different situations; maintains professionalism while under pressure; can handle stress and crisis situations effectively; energized by tough challenges.

Decision Making: Makes good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, experience and judgment in a timely manner; determines a course of action after weighing and analyzing different options; seeks out additional information when necessary; presents solutions and suggestions within the appropriate channels.


All Volunteer Firefighter candidates must successfully pass the City’s evaluation of: professional reference checks, written assessment, drug and alcohol testing, physical examination, psychological evaluation and background investigation (must have and maintain valid MN Driver’s License with excellent driving record). All final candidates must successfully complete and pass the pre-employment process before becoming a member of the Fire Department.



Women’s Expo
This event is an opportunity for women to gain an understanding of what it takes to be a firefighter through hands-on experience and exercises. Go to the North Star Women’s Firefighters Association at www.nswfa.org for more details.
Saturday, May 4

Application Due Date
All interested candidates must complete an online application by the deadline date. Go to www.edenprairie.org and click on “Employment Opportunities” / Firefighter.
Tuesday, May 7

Open House Event & Group Interview Process
Candidates completing an application by the due date will receive an invitation via e-mail to an open house and group interview. This event provides candidates with an opportunity to learn about the EPFD, tour a fire station, and go through a group interview process. This event generally takes 1.5 hours.
Wednesday, May 8 & Wednesday, May 15 & Wednesday, May 22(tentative)

Physical Ability Practice
The practice session is a chance for potential recruits to go through the physical ability test without the concern of passing or failing. Current Eden Prairie Firefighters will be available to show candidates how to navigate through the test. This event takes place at Fire Station #2 and generally takes 30-40 minutes.
Wednesday, May 29

Physical Ability Test
The physical ability test is a series of physical challenges which must be completed in ten minutes or less. This event takes place at Fire Station #2 and generally takes 30-40 minutes. Candidates who are unable to attend this event, but successfully pass the test during the practice event can use the score from the practice.
Wednesday, June 5

2 nd Round Panel Interviews
Applicants who pass the physical ability test will receive an invitation via e-mail to attend a 30 minute interview with a three person panel. Interviews will take place at Fire Station #1.
Wednesday, June 12 & Wednesday, June 19 & Wednesday, June 26 (tentative)

Meeting with Fire Chief
Candidates selected from the 2 nd round interview process will receive an invitation via e-mail to meet with the Fire Chief. This is an opportunity for potential firefighters to ask additional questions, learn more about the Eden Prairie expectations and get to know the Fire Chief. This is a one-on-one meeting with the Fire Chief at Fire Station #1 and will take approximately 20-30 minutes.
Tuesday – Thursdays June 18 –June 20 June 25 - June 27 July 9 - July 11

Contingent Offer
Selected candidates will receive a contingent offer letter outlining instructions of next steps. The offer is contingent on candidates successfully passing and the City’s evaluation of the following: Written Exam, Physical Exam, Psychological Assessment and Background Investigation.
By Friday, June 28

Background Investigation
The Eden Prairie Police Department completes a thorough background investigation of all firefighter candidates. The candidate will be fingerprinted and will need to fill out questionnaires before the investigation can be completed. This process generally takes four to six weeks. A select group of candidates will be chosen based on the successful completion and the City’s evaluation of the background investigation results.
Candidates Packets due by Monday, July 8

Pre-Employment Physical Exam
United Health Works Medical Group will administer a complete pre-employment physical including sight and hearing, capacity and blood tests to ensure the candidate can perform the essential duties of the volunteer firefighter role. They also administer Hepatitis B and Tetanus shots if necessary.
Candidates make appointments by July 8

Psychological Evaluation
The psychological exam is conducted by Martin McAllister an organization located in downtown Minneapolis. There are a series of written tests followed by an interview with one of the psychologists.
Candidates make appointments by July 8

Written Exam
This exam will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. and generally takes 2.5 to 3 hours. The exam will take place at Fire Station #1, downstairs in the training room. Please arrive early enough to check-in and get seated. Those that receive a passing score on this exam will move on to the next step in the process.
Wednesday, July 31

Formal Offer
All pre-employment results are expected back by August 16. Selected candidates will receive a formal offer letter via the mail.
By Friday, August 23

New Recruit Onboarding Process
New recruits will attend an HR orientation at 5:00 p.m. at Fire Station #1. And, then be required to attend Fire classes every Monday and Wednesday evening over the next six months. Additionally, firefighters are required to attend Thursday evening trainings.
Wednesday, September


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