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Become a Firefighter

Established in 1957, the Brooklyn Park Fire Department (BPFD) has a proud and distinguished history of service to the residents, businesses, and visitors of Brooklyn Park.  A highly dedicated and talented team of women and men answer over 9,000 calls for service each year.

Brooklyn Park firefighters are driven by a desire to serve with excellence and compassion, and are highly trained and skilled in emergency medical care, fire suppression, technical rescue, hazardous materials response, and other essential skills to safely, efficiently, and effectively answer the needs of those who require emergency care.

Department personnel are also actively involved in proactive community-wide safety initiatives through public education and outreach, fire and life safety code inspections, and community risk reduction activities.

About Brooklyn Park Firefighters

Providing coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Brooklyn Park firefighters are always ready to respond when called.  Assigned to one of three shifts, full-time firefighters work approximately ten, 24-hour shifts a month. Shifts start at 7 a.m. and conclude the following morning at 7 a.m. (click here to view the 2020 shift schedule).  Working alongside another firefighter and reporting directly to a Captain or Battalion Chief, firefighters respond to calls, participate in classroom and hands-on training, assist with inspections, and actively engage with the community.  Part-time firefighters work together with full-time staff and backfill open positions on shift. During a 24-hour shift, Brooklyn Park firefighters will answer approximately 30 calls.

Grounded in trust and integrity, Brooklyn Park firefighters are action oriented to serve.  No one shift will be like another; no one call will be like the next.  Recognized as a leader in the fire service, Brooklyn Park prides itself on building strong relationships and fostering an environment of learning, innovation, and continuous improvement.

Join Our Team

If you are passionate about serving your community and want to be part of something larger than yourself, we hope that you will consider a career with the Brooklyn Park Fire Department.  Whether you have no prior training or experience in the fire service or are an existing career firefighter looking to join an action-packed, growing Department, Brooklyn Park is the place to be!

Firefighter Cadet

The Firefighter Cadet is an entry-level classification into the Brooklyn Park Fire Department.  Those hired into this classification will participate in a 14+ week BPFD Fire/EMS Cadet Academy to (1) receive intensive classroom and field training in the theories, techniques, methods, and procedures of emergency medical and firefighting, and (2) acquire knowledge and understanding of the overall organization and operation of the Department and the role and responsibilities of a firefighter.

Click here to learn more about the BPFD Fire/EMS Cadet Academy!

Minimum Qualifications

  • 18 years old.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • High school diploma or GED

Firefighter Cadets work 40 hours per week and are paid $18.49/hour during the BPFD Fire/EMS Academy.  The Firefighter Cadet must successfully graduate from the BPFD Fire/EMS Cadet Academy, which includes obtaining the required fire and medical certifications/licenses, to be appointed as a Firefighter with the City.

Upon graduation of the BPFD Fire/EMS Cadet Academy and completion of on-the-job training, Cadets are promoted to the position of Firefighter.  The base salary of an entry-level Firefighter is over $56,000/year.

Individuals with prior fire, ems, or other public safety experience are welcome to apply to become a Firefighter Cadet!

Hiring Status

The city is currently not accepting applications for Firefighter Cadet at this time.  The Firefighter Cadet eligibility list that was established in 2020 is being used to hire Firefighter Cadets for the 2022 Academy.  The city’s Human Resources Division will be contacting candidates who are selected to move forward in the next part of the hiring process.

Lateral Firefighters

Current full-time fighters seeking a full-time position with the Brooklyn Park Fire Department can apply as a Lateral Firefighter.  The minimum qualifications to be considered for a lateral hire is:

  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in a non-probationary capacity as a full-time firefighter in a community of at least 50,000 residents and/or an annual call-volume of over 5,000 calls/year (including EMS).
  • Licensed by the State of Minnesota as a Firefighter, or the ability obtain licensing at the time of appointment (Minnesota Statute 299N).
  • Certified by the NREMT as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or higher.
  • No disciplinary action in the past three (3) years.
  • Valid Minnesota driver’s license.

Hiring Status

The city is currently not accepting applications for Lateral Firefighters at this time.

Part-Time Firefighter

At this time, the Department is not seeking any additional Part-Time Firefighters.


For over sixty years, Brooklyn Park firefighters have been proudly serving the community.  The greatest benefit of this profession is knowing that the work you do every day has a direct impact on the lives of those who need you the most.  In addition to the pride and honor associated with wearing the badge, we believe in providing a great environment to work!

  • Paid on-the-job training.
  • Paid vacation and sick leave.
  • Great health and dental insurance plans.
  • Health savings plans.
  • Life and disability insurance.
  • Retirement planning.
  • Access to workout facilities and wellness programming.